Course Title Creative Media Production (HND)
Code PP31

Overview of the Course

Led by staff with award-winning experience, our Creative Media HND offers you tailored professional training throughout your study. The course replicates a production company environment focusing on your career needs. Every learning experience is designed to ready you for employment by combining practical projects and industry skills with higher-level research techniques.

Our new industry-standard Digital Media Centre provides the perfect environment to launch your career in the broadcast, film and media industries. State-of-the-art broadcast quality production equipment including a green screen digital studio, professional editing facilities, and 100% industry-level software will enable you to produce a top-class portfolio of work.

We wish you to understand how the broadcast, film and digital media industries work, and to learn how historical developments and contexts have informed production techniques. Above all, you will build a body of work that prepares you for entry into the media workplace. We want you to succeed so we organise and encourage your access to national industry and networking events throughout the course.

First year modules provide an essential core of academic knowledge, practical training and study skills aiming to develop your critical understanding of key media production concepts, the film and broadcast industries, journalism techniques, and creative practice, including desktop publishing design, video editing and moving image production culminating in your own commercial productions. You will produce your own professional magazine or newspaper, and a short films. Progression onto the second year will allow you to develop, produce and direct your own specialist factual production, and write your own feature film screenplay. You will be trained in broadcast research techniques, film developments and practical journalistic skills (writing, investigative, legal) so you can develop professional treatments for fictional and factual productions. There is a focus on production team skills, industry contexts and professional codes of practice so you are ready to compete for work in the media job market.

What are the career opportunities?

If you are seeking to work in journalism, film making or broadcasting, this programme will place you on the right career path.

What are the entry requirements?

  • 64 UCAS points (including a media subject) and a creative portfolio or equivalent in an appropriate Level 3 qualification
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language
  • The college will also consider applicants who have passed a Kitemarked Access to Higher Education course (equivalent to 64 UCAS points)
  • You will be required to attend an interview and/or assessment
  • If you do not have the standard entry requirements but have the relevant work experience or an alternative qualification you may still be eligible for the course

Course Start

September

Course Duration

2 Years

What topics will I study?

Level 4

  • Contextual Studies for Creative Media Production
  • Research Techniques for Creative Media Production
  • Practical Skills for Moving Image Production
  • Page Design and Layout for Newspapers and Magazines
  • Film Studies
  • Development and Techniques of Film and Video Editing
  • Practical Skills for Journalism
  • Promotional Video Production

Level 5

  • Special Subject Investigation for Creative Media Production
  • Producer for Moving Image Production
  • Script Writing for Moving Image Industries
  • Project Design
  • Implementation and Evaluation
  • Director for Moving Image Production
  • Television Studies
  • Moving Image Documentary Production

Assessment

You are assessed in a variety of ways including written, practical and creative production work done individually (presentations, magazines, creative and career portfolios) and in groups (videos, production planning). Written work will include research projects, files, academic essays, critical self-reflection logs and evaluations. You will receive on-going regular feedback on your progress so you achieve the best possible results.

Special Features

Throughout the course you will be guided and encouraged to follow your personal interests and develop your strengths through your specialist production. Training in camera work, editing, desktop publishing, screenwriting and journalism will be supported by technical help and hands-on workshop sessions using broadcast-quality 4K camera kits, digital SLR cameras and professional edit suites including Mac computers and industry software (Adobe Master Suite, Da Vinci, Final Cut Pro X, and Final Draft). Access to regional and national festivals will be organised to begin your networking journey into the industry.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

All students receive an initial allocation of 600 credits per academic year for printing and photocopying, additional credits can be purchased if required.

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