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Brief introduction to subject:
Students will be expected to explore a range of different types of media outside of the classroom. One of the most exciting parts of the course is the cross-media study, in which students are asked to create two media products. In order to produce high quality work, students will need to be familiar with the way a range of existing media products work.
Alongside the production element, there is a large body of theory that will underpin all of the course content.
Pupils will be expected to read widely around this.
Students will learn how to work to a client brief relating to a specific media sector and its associated digital skills. Students will choose the format and medium for their digital media project and demonstrate their creative and technical skills in the production of a complete product. Students will demonstrate their understanding of production and post-production activities by working on the skills required to produce the product, and prepare appropriate documentation to support them.
What our students say
"This subject is so full of variety!"
"We learn how this important part of the modern world works."
Media - Grade L2 Merit
iMedia - Grade Merit
English - Grade 4
Maths - Grade 4
There are three assessment units in Module A and four mandatory assessment units in Module B. All assessment units are internally assessed.
The course is comprised of two mandatory units plus 3 optional ones.
Digital Media Skills
This unit allows you to demonstrate, through constructing a digital media product, the skills you have developed in media production across other units. You will learn how to work to a client brief relating to a specific media sector and its associated digital skills. You will choose the format and medium for your digital media project and demonstrate your creative and technical skills in the production of a complete product. You will demonstrate your understanding of production and post-production activities by working on the skills required to produce the product, and prepare appropriate documentation to support them. To complete the assessment tasks within this unit, you will need to draw on your learning from across your programme. Working independently and using media hardware and software will prepare you for further skills development, both in employment and higher education.
Digital Games Production (possible unit TBC )
Good design is at the heart of all successful games. Good gameplay design is what makes us want to play, along with good coding and good graphics that make the vision a reality and make it look appealing. You will learn about the main features of different types of games and the key elements you need to think about when designing them. You will decide what type of game you want to make and gather the graphics, sounds and other assets to make it. You will create a level design for your game and create it in a game engine, focusing on how your game is designed rather than the graphics or coding. This unit will give you some of the key skills needed to be a game designer; these skills will also be helpful in a number of other roles. The work you produce can form part of your portfolio for progression to employment or higher education.
Digital Magazine Production (possible unit TBC)
Magazines are prepared and produced digitally across a wide range of genres. They often combine content from a diverse range of global contributors, and are increasingly available for both print and digital distribution platforms. In this unit, you will learn about the codes and conventions that magazine producers use to communicate with their target audience, and how they generate, select and prepare materials to produce a completed magazine cover and double-page spread. The skills you will develop in this unit can be applied to both print and digital magazines across a wide range of genres. The layouts you produce for this unit can form part of a portfolio of work for progression to employment or higher education.
Depending on the optional units taken, this qualification provides preparation into entry level roles in the digital content production industry, such as: • junior content producer • junior designer ● junior researcher • web co-ordinator • trainee/assistant photographer • digital assistant • junior journalist.