Digital Media

CAMTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate

When do I start studying for this qualification?

September 2019

 

For how long will I study?

For two years.

 

What is this course about?

This course aims to give students experience and expertise in media productions in a range of contexts. 

 

Emphasis is upon student-led practical study and coupled with a theoretical/conceptual study of media production practice. 

 

This course is equivalent to one A Level. Students who complete the first year only will achieve a Certificate in Digital Media (½ of an A-Level).

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What topics will I study?

  • Writing

  • Plan and manage the production of media content. 

  • Research and production of media content in a format appropriate to subjects. 

  • Theories and concepts in media production and the working of the media industry. Applying them to the analysis of case histories. 

  • Responding to briefs set internally by the college and externally by the exam board. They will work in fiction, factual and Fine Art contexts.

 

How will my work be assessed?

Units are internally and externally assessed. The unit grades are added together to give you your final results: Pass, Merit or Distinction. Exceptional students are awarded a Distinction*. 

 

Your coursework will be assessed by your teacher throughout the year and written and verbal feedback given. 

 

There are 3 units a year. One unit is an examination unit and two are coursework units. The examination will be undertaken in June. 

 

Marking is completed with reference to grading criteria set for each unit of study.

Digital Media related courses on offer at college.

  • Film Studies A Level

  • Fine Arts A Level

  • Graphic Communication A Level

  • Media Studies A Level

  • Photography A Level

  • Textile Design A Level

What have I got to do in order to do well?

  • Be creative and inventive with scriptwriting and media production techniques. 

  • Manage time efficiently to complete all creative, planning, practical and research tasks. 

  • Plan your work meticulously: make each image and sound meaningful. 

  • Keep your eyes open for inspiring sources at all times. 

  • Be prepared and equipped for all lessons.

"This course has helped me to decide on my career."

What skills and interests do I need beforehand to be a successful applicant for this course?

A passionate interest in media (film, TV production, advertising, the visual arts etc.) is essential. 

Tenacity: Each production will demand a great deal of commitment from you. 
You do not need to have any previous experience or knowledge of media production. We will teach you everything you will need to make a success of this course. You do not need to have your own equipment either.

 

What skills will I need to develop during the course to succeed?

To be observant and analytical when looking at the work of other media content creators. Attention to detail. You will need to pay attention to each and every aspect of your productions, scriptwriting, sound recording and mixing, camera movement, lighting.

 

Communication and teamwork. It takes more than one person to make a media production! You must be committed to developing strong communication skills. 

 

Creativity: You will be expected to think creatively at every stage of production from the beginning of the course.

 

Are there any specific entry requirements?

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4 or A*- C. 

 

Individual Level 3 subjects may have further entry requirements and these will be advised to you at your Course Guidance meeting once we receive your application.

 

What are the lessons like?

A range of teaching and learning styles is used during the course: group assignments, video presentations, practical demonstrations and tasks, research tasks, discussions, group and individual critiques, student presentations and student led production activities. 

 

1:1 support is available to all students.

 

Is there a similar qualification to this one? If so how do I choose between them?

The Digital Media course enables you to understand the production processes, industry and audience contexts within the media and produce several different types of media content, working on pre-production, filming and post production techniques, among other processes. 

 

A Level Film Studies offers the opportunity to explore a range of film styles, understand critical debates in Film and complete a relevant practical task. There is a mix of exams and coursework. 

 

A level Media Studies enables you to explore and understand how the Media work and complete a relevant practical task. There is a mix of exams and coursework.

 

Are there any other qualifications which combine particularly well with this one?

This is a subject that complements a diverse range of other subjects or can broaden an interest in Media and the Arts.

Popular university courses taken with Digital Media

  • TV and Video Productio

  • Documentary Production

  • Digital Screen Arts

  • Scriptwriting

  • Video and Film Production

  • Critical and Historical Studies

  • Games Design.

Employment & apprenticeships
opportunities after college

  • Advertising Account

  • Executive

  • Advertising Media Buyer

  • Broadcast Journalist

  • Camera Operator

  • Cinematographer

  • Disc Jockey

  • Magazine Journalist

  • Marketing e-Mediamaker

  • Marketing Executive

  • Media Remixer

  • Newspaper/Magazine Editor

  • Newspaper Journalist

  • Online Community Manager

  • Photographer

  • Print Shop Manager

  • PR Officer

  • Social Media Manager

  • Software Developer

  • Sports Commentator

  • Teacher/Lecturer

 
 
 
 
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