Creative Digital Media Production, BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate
This course offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of creative media industries through the analysis of a range of media products across different media forms including advertising, film, and television. Students pitch, plan and produce their own media products, such as music videos and short films, using industry standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite. Students have access to an editing suite, plus HD DSLR cameras, sound and lighting equipment, and dedicated studio spaces for production work.
Students will gain an understanding of industry processes and techniques which will help them make a creative portfolio to use at university or in future jobs.
What goes well with this course?
This BTEC could be studied alongside any other A Level or BTEC course but may combine particularly well with:
- Art (Fine Art)
- Film Studies
- Performing Arts
- Information Technology
- Product Design (3D Design)
The course is aimed at students who may wish to pursue a career in the creative media industries and will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in this expanding field. It will also develop skills that may be transferable to other careers that require effective planning, digital skills, organisation, project management and creativity.
The course covers a wide range of topics. Students will learn how to:
- Create, plan and edit a wide range of products, such as a short film, music video and radio trailer.
- Analyse examples of existing media products such as film, TV and advertisements.
- Use industry standard hardware and software, such as Adobe Creative Suite and our sound studios, to produce media products.
Students will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course-specific trips, visits and experiences. In recent years, these have included:
- New York Art and Media trip
- BFI Film Academy
- Warner Bros Studio Tour
- University speakers and visits
- London Film Festival screenings
In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme .
All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.
This course is predominately assessed through creative coursework which is worth 66% of the final grade. In addition, students will complete a practical exam, in response to a brief.
All students need to have at least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory reference) in order to be accepted on to an A Level/BTEC Level 3 programme.
In addition, students should meet the following minimum entry requirements:
- Grade 4 in GCSE English Literature or Language
Students will enjoy this course if they are:
- Keen to produce their own media products
- Well organised and can manage their time effectively
- A team player who is happy to work with others
- Better suited to coursework assessment rather than written exams
- Considering a career in the creative media or a related industry
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between the Level 3 BTEC Creative Digital Media Production course and A Level Film Studies?
In Creative Digital Media Production you will cover a range of different media forms across the course including traditional and new media.
In Film Studies you will study films from a broad variety of academic perspectives.
Both courses start with analysing images and discussing representation of social groups, places and events. Film sticks just with film while Media covers the broad spectrum of media.
The practical content is larger in BTEC Creative Digital Media with a focus on practical film production skills. The course revolves around media industry-based ideas and issues. It gives you a very good insight into key roles, practices and processes of industry.
Film Studies, apart from the 30% Making Short Film unit, has an emphasis on theory and analysis. Both courses can be studied together and give those who want to pursue a career in this area a good knowledge and skill base.
What’s the difference between BTEC Level 3 Creative Digital Media Production and Media Studies A Level – apart from the qualification?
Both involve theory and practical production.
However, the A Level has more emphasis on theory and involves more exam assessment (70% exam assessed). You will study media forms and academic theories on the A Level course.
The Creative Digital Media Production course involves theory and analysis but also includes units that have more of a vocational focus, helping students develop skills such as responding to a brief and planning for production as well as production techniques. If you are considering a career in this area, this course will allow you to develop good academic skills plus a strong understanding of working professional practices.
What kind of job/career will this lead to?
The Film and Media Industries are developing and expanding at a greater rate than most other sectors of the UK economy. In recent years there has been a huge investment by large media corporations in UK production facilities.
For the first time ever the industry is getting worried it will not be able to fill the vacancies.
The Creative Digital Media Production course helps prepare students for a broad range of possible progression routes both in the media Industries and beyond. See some examples here – https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/media-studies
The Creative Digital Media Production course helps students develop a range of transferable skills (see course information for details) that are in demand across many industries. Organisations such as the British Film Institute and Screenskills provide education opportunities, skills workshops and careers advice.
Do you need your own equipment?
We will provide the filming equipment and software you will need for practical production work. The only cost to students is for an SD card which all Film and Media students must purchase from the college shop (current cost is £13.50), and wired headphones.
What other subjects work well with Film?
There is no bad combination with Creative Digital Media Production, as it is a course that involves a wide range of academic and creative skills. It may be useful to study it alongside essay or art based subjects such as Politics, History, Film or Photography, but we have students studying a wide variety of courses alongside their Creative Digital Media Production BTEC such as Maths, Business and PE.
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Introduction to Media Studies BTEC Tech Award In Creative Media Production 2022
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An outstanding scheme of work which is a perfect way to introduce media studies. The scheme of work focuses on the key media concepts: Audience, representation and Media language embedding important media theories. The scheme of work introduces these concepts in a engaging way with a focus film study embedded into the scheme of work. The film study explores the film: Divergent, perfect for representation and audience. The scheme of work assesses using the BTEC Tech Award in Creative media production 2022 curriculum however, the mark sheet is easily adapted and only focuses on audience, which I’m aware most exam boards focus on.
Each lesson is planned for 60-minute lessons However, can easily be adapted or extended further. The lessons support students with all of the tasks needed to complete the component. There are a variety of teacher led activities, active learning tasks with all differentiated to stretch and challenge the higher ability students and support the lower candidates. I use the lessons as half teacher led and second half Workshops and active learning. When introducing key concepts there is useful worksheets and learning mats which has been designed by myself whereby my head teacher expressed that “he had never seen such fantastic resources”.
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- Practical workshops
- Analysing key scenes
- Propp’s character theory
- Todorov’s narrative theory
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*An introduction to component 1- including NEW assessment using grading criteria for 2022 specification. * An outstanding scheme of work which is a perfect way to introduce media studies. The scheme of work focuses on the key media concepts: Audience, representation and Media language embedding important media theories. The scheme of work introduces these concepts in a engaging way with a focus film study embedded into the scheme of work. The film study explores the film: Divergent, perfect for representation and audience. The scheme of work assesses using the BTEC Tech Award in Creative media production 2022 specification however, the mark sheet is easily adapted and only focuses on audience, which I’m aware most exam boards focus on. Each lesson is planned for 60-minute lessons However, can easily be adapted or extended further. The lessons support students with all of the tasks needed to complete the component. There are a variety of teacher led activities, active learning tasks with all differentiated to stretch and challenge the higher ability students and support the lower candidates. I use the lessons as half teacher led and second half Workshops and active learning. When introducing key concepts there is useful worksheets and learning mats which has been designed by myself whereby my head teacher expressed that “he had never seen such fantastic resources”. The lessons in the scheme of work include: Introduction to media studies Audience Audience structure when writing Target audience Camera angles Practical workshops Representation Genre Analysing key scenes Propp’s character theory Todorov’s narrative theory Assessment Photoshop And more… The PowerPoints are aesthetically pleasing and students have commented on this throughout my teaching of the component. I have a 100% pass rate I really hope you enjoy teaching these lessons. Please leave any feedback Learning Mats: These excellent resources work perfectly in any media studies classroom! I have used these posters as wall displays, learning mats and hand outs when students are completing classwork/ coursework. My current head teacher commented on these resources stating they were “the best resources” he has seen in the classroom. My students find them incredibly helpful during lessons especially during assessment/ coursework and revision work. **The documents include: ** An introduction to Audience (Mass, Niche, Primary + Secondary target audience, demographic and psychometrics). A guide to audience theories (VALS and Young and Rubicam). Audience theories (Audience positioning, Stuart Halls Encoding and Decoding theory). A guide to Uses and Gratification Theory A guide to Representation A guide to Todorov’s Narrative Theory (Including clear example, Monsters Inc) A guide to Propp’s Character Theory Magazine Terminology I remember being taught media studies at GCSE and A Level and wished I had resources like this to support me when completing assessment work. I hope your students enjoy them to. Leave a review and any suggestions for new learning mats and I’ll continue to plan and develop these resources.
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This is an exciting level 3 course which will prepare you for work within the media industry as well as equipping you with the skills to progress to apprenticeships and higher level qualifications such as a degree. You will work with media professionals both inside and outside of the college during project work. The course covers all aspects of video and moving image production, including scriptwriting, production and post production editing techniques.
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The Creative Media Practice qualification equips students with professional skills to work in the media and creative industries. The course is 100% practical and all work is assessed internally by the course teachers. Students will have the opportunity to progress to university study or apprenticeships in the creative sector.
Students will gain substantial experience in using a variety of media software and hardware including cameras, video editing, graphic design and audio production. Using these resources, students will produce a variety of projects across a range of media including adverts, music videos, short films, documentaries, posters and radio segments. Within each unit, there will be three practical media tasks. For one of these tasks, students have the opportunity to choose their focus, depending on which area of production suits them.
In the first year of the course, students will attend weekly skills workshops to develop their skills in video, print, audio and photographic production. These are core skills which will underpin the development of the practical projects throughout the year. There are two large units whereby students will produce a variety of media to meet the objectives:
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The pathway allows learners to focus on the film and TV sectors within the creative industries. The qualification meets admission requirements for a range of related higher education courses such as:
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Students will have the opportunity to attend local film festivals, cinema trips and the departmental annual trip to New York. For more information about the New York trip please see the Trips and Travel page
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Qualification btec level 3 national extended certificate in creative media production – digital content production, duration 2 years, what will i study.
BTEC Creative Media Production is an exciting, largely practical course focusing on digital elements of the media with an emphasis on journalism and page layout and design. It will develop your skills in photography, image manipulation, page layout and design, journalism and research.
In Year One you will complete the following Units: • Unit 24: Writing Copy; • Unit 22: Interview Techniques; • Unit 14: Digital Magazine Production.
Year One of the course is focused on Journalism and Digital Magazine Production. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in journalism, producing a portfolio of written copy aimed at a range of publications and variations. You will also develop your journalism skills by undertaking various interview activities such as press conferences and press junkets to contribute towards your writing.
Finally, you will combine your journalism skills along with your creative flair in the production of several pages for a brandnew magazine including your own original photography using our photography studio and equipment and Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.
In Year Two you will complete the following Units: • Unit 30: Page Layout and Design for Digital Media; • Unit 03: Digital Media Skills (practical exam).
Year Two will also continue to develop your ability in page layout and design to the production of a range of different print media products including newspapers and leaflets again including your own original photography using our photography studio and equipment and Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.
In addition to this, there is an end-of-year, externally assessed practical exam. Thisexam will involve you working towards a client brief in which you will plan and prepare materials for a product using AdobePhotoshop, InDesign and our photography studio before creating it under exam conditions. The exam will be assessing your digital media skills obtained over the duration of the 2-year course.
A variety of trips and visits will be available throughout the year in addition to some opportunities to meet visiting speakers from the Creative Industries. These include:
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Costs minimal for any study visits. You do not need to purchase any of your own equipment or software such as DSLR cameras or Adobe Photoshop – you have access to this within the department.
The following units are completed through internally assessed coursework, with one unit being externally assessed through a sample of work:
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As a challenging contemporary subject, Media Studies at Lingfield explores students’ prior understanding of the Media and encourages them to discover the systems of messages and values within the media texts that they consume on a daily basis.
In our three refurbished media suites, students can combine the study of challenging academic theory with innovative, practical and creative skills. Alongside its excellent academic achievement, a strength of the Department is the way in which it harnesses and evolves the creativity within all of our students, which opens doors to a world of exciting new opportunities and careers. Through production work students develop their skills in a variety of areas, namely organisation, self-discipline and teamwork which are clearly essential in the modern world to succeed in further education and any chosen profession.
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BTEC Creative Digital Media Production
This qualification is designed to provide a technical introduction to digital film and video production. Learners develop skills in areas such as single and multi-camera techniques, sound recording and film editing.
The two-year course will involve a combination of assessment styles with a range of vocation assignments and tasks. Students will experience a 'hands on' approach to developing their own media production skills through access to advanced digital media technologies.
The BTEC course carries the same UCAS points as an A Level and supports students in applications to higher education courses, as well as those wishing to pursue careers within the Media industry beyond their studies. The course is particularly suited to students who are creative and innovative, enjoy working collaboratively with others and embrace the world of digital technologies.
During the two-year course students complete five units consisting of four production tasks and one exam assignment responding to a brief.
At Film Production Club students have the opportunity to plan, shoot and edit their own films. These can be anything from short films to music videos to stop-motion animations. Students are encouraged to transfer the skills they learn in the class to other areas of their study and life. Indeed, learning quite frequently takes place outside the classroom with various location shoots; the most exciting being a Media Studies trip to New York to participate in a film school workshop run by professionals in the city.
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Rosatom Starts Production of Rare-Earth Magnets for Wind Power Generation
TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom has started gradual localization of rare-earth magnets manufacturing for wind power plants generators. The first sets of magnets have been manufactured and shipped to the customer.
In total, the contract between Elemash Magnit LLC (an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom in Elektrostal, Moscow region) and Red Wind B.V. (a joint venture of NovaWind JSC and the Dutch company Lagerwey) foresees manufacturing and supply over 200 sets of magnets. One set is designed to produce one power generator.
“The project includes gradual localization of magnets manufacturing in Russia, decreasing dependence on imports. We consider production of magnets as a promising sector for TVEL’s metallurgical business development. In this regard, our company does have the relevant research and technological expertise for creation of Russia’s first large-scale full cycle production of permanent rare-earth magnets,” commented Natalia Nikipelova, President of TVEL JSC.
“NovaWind, as the nuclear industry integrator for wind power projects, not only made-up an efficient supply chain, but also contributed to the development of inter-divisional cooperation and new expertise of Rosatom enterprises. TVEL has mastered a unique technology for the production of magnets for wind turbine generators. These technologies will be undoubtedly in demand in other areas as well,” noted Alexander Korchagin, Director General of NovaWind JSC.
TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom incorporates enterprises for the fabrication of nuclear fuel, conversion and enrichment of uranium, production of gas centrifuges, as well as research and design organizations. It is the only supplier of nuclear fuel for Russian nuclear power plants. TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom provides nuclear fuel for 73 power reactors in 13 countries worldwide, research reactors in eight countries, as well as transport reactors of the Russian nuclear fleet. Every sixth power reactor in the world operates on fuel manufactured by TVEL. www.tvel.ru
NovaWind JSC is a division of Rosatom; its primary objective is to consolidate the State Corporation's efforts in advanced segments and technological platforms of the electric power sector. The company was founded in 2017. NovaWind consolidates all of the Rosatom’s wind energy assets – from design and construction to power engineering and operation of wind farms.
Overall, by 2023, enterprises operating under the management of NovaWind JSC, will install 1 GW of wind farms. http://novawind.ru
Elemash Magnit LLC is a subsidiary of Kovrov Mechanical Plant (an enterprise of the TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom) and its main supplier of magnets for production of gas centrifuges. The company also produces magnets for other industries, in particular, for the automotive
industry. The production facilities of Elemash Magnit LLC are located in the city of Elektrostal, Moscow Region, at the site of Elemash Machine-Building Plant (a nuclear fuel fabrication facility of TVEL Fuel Company).
Rosatom is a global actor on the world’s nuclear technology market. Its leading edge stems from a number of competitive strengths, one of which is assets and competences at hand in all nuclear segments. Rosatom incorporates companies from all stages of the technological chain, such as uranium mining and enrichment, nuclear fuel fabrication, equipment manufacture and engineering, operation of nuclear power plants, and management of spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. Nowadays, Rosatom brings together about 350 enterprises and organizations with the workforce above 250 K. https://rosatom.ru/en/