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Media Production (TV & Film) (BTEC Level 3 Diploma)

Why study Media Production (TV & Film)?

“The creative industries are one of the biggest and fastest growing sectors in the UK economy” – Vince Cable MP, February 2010. The opportunities for those with Media Production skills is vast and increasing; the increase in broadcast channels,
online channels and internal communications is overwhelming; more and more organisations are looking for creative individuals to get their message across, from advertising agencies to council organisations. They require talented people with professional skills, who are able to lead and manage projects, budgets, and peers.

Entry Requirements

In addition to our general entry requirements, you must have:

  • GCSE English – grade 3

No previous knowledge of Media Production is required but you need to have an interest in developing these skills.

The Course

This course mixes theory and practical work; after understanding the techniques media producers use, you are given the chance to create projects that reflect this understanding. First year students will create adverts and short films shot on location during one-day filming trips; develop their own presentation skills and learn camera techniques and full editing skills. They will also develop multicamera television productions in our television studio, culminating in an end-of-year magazine programme project. In the second year, students will enhance these skills with specialist work on audio and soundtracks, a lifestyle programme and live broadcast projects. Students will also have the chance to visit television studios, attend studio recordings and participate in live local radio.

Course Activities

Discussion and understanding of theoretical concepts; essays and presentations; planning, researching and developing programme and production ideas; location filming; Final Cut Pro editing; on-screen graphic creation through Adobe Creative Suite; direction, leadership, floor management, camera operation, lighting, sound development, vision mixing, and full use of a fully-equipped College television studio. There is also an opportunity to become involved in the College radio station 6FM.

Career and Progression Opportunities

Many Media students progress to careers in the industry such as television, publishing or radio, or related areas such as advertising, marketing, events management, independent film production, corporate video work, and IT. The creativity and understanding of audiences are especially attractive to many mainstream businesses and organisations that require ‘media savvy’ people, such as local councils and arts organisations. The course also allows progression to a range of degrees in similar and related areas.

Course Structure and Assessment

This is a two-year course and is the equivalent of two A Levels. It is divided into a range of units, which are subject to change according to student interests, specialist teacher expertise and to reflect modern trends to aid employability and progression to Higher Education.

Unit title

Some units are core and will always be taught, such as:

  • Research Techniques
  • Pre-Production Techniques
  • Communication Skills
  • Creative Media Production Management Project
  • Advertising for Television
  • Multi Camera Studio Production
  • Film and TV Industries
  • Working to a Brief
  • Film and Video Editing

Specialist units will be chosen from:

  • Single Camera Location Production
  • Music Video Production
  • Presentation Techniques
  • Factual Programme Production
  • Writing for the Media
  • Corporate Video Production

Additional Information

This subject can be combined with A Level Film Studies or Media Studies, or the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in either Media (Radio) or Media (Journalism). It is also especially attractive to students of Art, Photography, Performing Arts and Drama &
Theatre Studies.

Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel


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