Creative Digital Media Production Extended Certificate

Qualification: National Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production BTEC Level 3
Exam Board: Pearson; Specification
Course Entry Requirements: C/4 in English Language GCSE. You will be required to have a level of camera and editing experience which will be assessed at interview.
Please make sure that you have understood the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.
Length and size of qualification: 2 year single course
Timetable hours: 4.5 hours per week
Assessment method: A combination of written exams and projects
BHASVIC Department: Media and Performing Arts
Head of Department: Cath Rowe

What will I study?

This practical course focusses on developing student’s communication, pre-production, production and post-production skills that are required for working in the film and television industry. Each year, students are given the opportunity to explore two practical productions: music video & factual television production (year 1) and advertising and a final major production in editing techniques (year 2). You will work in production crews to set internal assignment briefs and develop a production from its initial treatment and pitch to its final individual export. There is no external examination on this course.

Is this course right for me?

To do this subject you should have a strong interest in developing your own media products and in learning research and communication skills. You do not need to have any prior camera or editing knowledge for this course, but should have a willingness to learn, be self-motivated and well organised to meet deadlines throughout the year. You will also undertake two external briefs, one of which is an on-screen exam and the other a practical set brief. This course requires a real time commitment from students. You will produce two practical pieces, which require group work outside of lessons, as you will be storyboarding, shooting and editing footage. This largely takes place at weekends, so students need to be committed to this. There is an external exam for this Certificate so students looking for an entirely practical option should opt for the Diploma. Goes with: Media Studies, Film Studies, Graphic Design, IT, Business Studies or Computer Science.

Where next?

This qualification is the equivalent of one A Level. This course will prepare students for working in the creative industries as well as preparing students for entry onto a practical degree at university. At the end of the course, you will have a portfolio of work to take to university or job interviews Possible future careers might include Journalist, Media Planner, Social Media Manager, Technician, Researcher, Digital Marketer and Advertising Officer. Useful websites to research careers and wider progression options could include Creative Skillset, Hive, All About Careers and The Apprenticeship Guide.

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