How do people make choices about what they watch or listen to? How are ideas best communicated using different media? How are videos produced? How can I take effective digital photographs?
You have achieved grades 4-3/C-D at GCSE.
Is this course for me?
- You want to gain a basic understanding of the employment opportunities, job requirements, and working practices of the media industry.
- You want to develop an understanding of how media products are designed and produced for specific audiences or markets.
- You want to acquire a specialist
- work-related qualification.
- You want to start building the technical skills and knowledge relevant to to a particular sector of the media industry you are interested in, including video production and photography.
- You enjoy applying your knowledge to the real business world by visiting businesses to find out how they operate.
Where does it lead?
A Level 2 Diploma in Media will help prepare you for the challenges that lie ahead and help with that all-important first step by enabling you to prove that you have the commitment, skills and practical experience to succeed.
You may choose to go on to study Media further here at College. We offer A Level in Media Studies which can lead to Higher Education.
What will I learn?
Research for Creative Media Production
You will develop the skills in the main research methods and techniques used within the creative media sector through researching an existing media product and carrying out research for one of your own production projects.
You will develop your communication skills. This covers oral and written, formal and informal communication using the formats and technologies needed to communicate effectively in the media sector.
The Creative Media Sector
You will learn about the creative media sector and the ways in which the industry is organised. This will develop an understanding of specific job roles in the industry and how people are recruited into these roles.
Media Audiences and Products
You will be encouraged to think about how media products are created. You will develop your understanding of how the media industries think about their audiences, how these industries create products for specific audiences and how they themselves understand media products.
You will have an opportunity to create a video production whilst learning about the different production phases - pre-production, production and post-production. You will also reflect on the final product and your working practices.
You will be introduced to the way advertisements are created and the ways in which they work. You will study existing advertisement techniques in a variety of formats - e.g. television, film, radio, internet, press. You will then plan and produce an advertisement of your own in a chosen medium.
You will have the chance to develop your photography skills. You will learn how to get ideas for photographic images, produce images and produce final prints. You will also explore past and current photographic practice, including techniques and styles, in order to inform your own photographic work.
Creative Media Production Project
You will combine all of the skills learned throughout the year to create a promotional DVD and photographic exhibition.
How will I be assessed?
There are no exams for this course - all assessment is through set assignments which you submit at various points throughout the year.
What activities can I get Involved in?
The College has lots of exciting enrichment and CV building opportunities including the chance to earn the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, learn a new skill, learn a language, join a club, take up or develop a sport or take on a new challenge. See the College Prospectus for further information about what is on offer.