Why should I study this course?
If you would like to work within the television or film industry, then this very practical course is ideally suited to students who want hands-on experience of production work in the media rather than consistently writing analyses or essays. You will gain an understanding of media and research techniques. You will find out about production management, pre-production techniques and video technology. You will also take specialist units looking at shooting a single camera drama, video editing, animation production and more.
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What will I study?
Year One Units
- The Interview - practice unit enabling you to get to know the camera and facilities
- Zombie Movie - the creation of a sequence from your own zombie apocalypse
- Music Video - choose shoot and edit your own music video
- Audio Foley - adding sound to a silent piece of film
- The Vault - the script writing project
- Government Adverts - creation of a public information film of your choice (e.g. smoking)
- Corporate Videos - this brief is open to businesses to give you professional experience
Year Two Units
- Film Trailer - here we study the art of film editing to generate interest
- Animation - using stop motion techniques to create your own Lego movie
- Kids TV Show - team up with a puppet to become a presenter in this unit
- Points of View - develop Photoshop skills as you design posters for a new film
- Documentary - explore a key area of interest and present it in documentary form
- Film Studies - written analysis of key documentaries you have studied
How is the course assessed?
This course has no exams and your work will be assessed throughout the course. You will be given a grade for each unit – Pass, Merit and Distinction and these will be used to calculate your final grade.
What will the course prepare me for?
This is an ideal course to lead onto a degree course in Media Technology/Production, along with other Media based courses. It will prepare you to work independently, using a range of techniques and approaches to gathering information and presenting it.
We have seen a number of students gain employment within the film and television industry.
We except you to be doing about 3-4 hrs of independent study each week. You will also spend time away from college filming your projects.
What materials will I need to provide?
Technical Media Equipment will be provided for you. All you will need is a pad of paper, a pen and plenty of ideas.
How will I be taught?
You will be taught by highly qualified media professionals. Some of whom have worked within the television and film industry themselves. The assessment will take the form of project based learning where you will research a genre (Zombie horror) or format (music video), produce it and evaluate your own production. As this course is very practical you will develop and learn many new media technology skills such as film editing and camerawork.
This course is for you if...
You enjoy being creative, you enjoy working as part of a team, you are motivated to research and produce products yourself and especially if you would like to work within the television or film industry.
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What are the course requirements?
Four 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades in GCSEs or equivalent in at least three subjects including a minimum of grade 3 (D) in GCSE English Language.
If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.
All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes 2020 light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.
What skills do I need?
- Enthusiasm for film and television production
- A good understanding of computer technology
- A creative way of thinking