Creative Media Production and Technology

UAL Diploma Level 3

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Availability & Details

Creative Media Production & Technology, UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma AF-CMPR3E-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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The media industry is a vast and lucrative industry with many possible avenues for creative employment. On this course, you will work to create music videos, short films, radio dramas, magazine articles, live TV programmes and documentaries. Projects are based on realistic industry scenarios and you’ll get the opportunity to try out a range of roles including director, producer, editor and camera operator. You will work in our purpose-built TV studio, control room and editing suites, as well as filming on location, developing your technical and creative skills to create modern, engaging content. Good organisational skills, a keen imagination and an enjoyment of working with others are important qualities. By the end of the course, you will have compiled a portfolio of work which can be used to progress to a degree or HND at university or to seek employment directly in the media industry.

You should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for you if you prefer coursework. You must have achieved at least a 4 in English or Mathematics (preferably both). To study this course, you should have an interest in creative subjects and technology.

At HSDC Alton on the Creative Media Production course you will study:

  • Short Film; learn and then test out your filmmaking skills by creating a short film.
  • Music Videos; work with existing songs or find a band to with to make your own music videos. Many top directors have started out this way.
  • Multi-Camera Productions; work in our purpose-built TV studio to create a short live programme.
  • Video Art Installation; work to create an art piece that marries video and installation work into one cohesive piece.
  • TV Advertising; study professional examples and engage with the persuasive techniques used to sell products before making your own.
  • Radio Drama: learn the importance of sound by writing and producing your own original radio drama. Imagination and creativity are a must!
  • Desktop Publishing: produce a double page magazine spread that sells YOU as a media producer.
  • Website production: design your own website to show off your production skills and start building your careers portfolio.
  • Final Major Project: at the end of both years, your grades will depend on projects that YOU have chosen. Show what you have learned at HSDC Alton by creating an audio/visual piece that reflects your interests and ambitions.

Learning happens in a variety of ways: through classroom-based lessons, workshop activities, independent study and, where possible, work placements. The course requires a very high level of commitment and flexibility. You will be encouraged to experience a wide range of roles and responsibilities. As well as creating TV programmes using professional standard media equipment, you will also develop important life skills such as time management and effective teamwork.

100% coursework.

The equipment deposit is £100 over two years (£75 returned).

Many of our students continue media/film production at university. We also coach students who are applying for jobs and apprenticeships in the media industry.

Two weeks mandatory work experience is completed in Year 2. Opportunities to work with real clients outside of College present themselves regularly and you will be offered and encouraged to take these seriously to boost your professional portfolios.

My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook

My experience at the college has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, A Level student