The Advanced Level 3 Interactive Media: Creative Pathway has been specifically designed for students wishing to study a single creative subject plus work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.
The qualification is designed for students aged 16 years or over who have already achieved GCSE grade 4 [C] in both English and Maths and want to study digital media concept and production development.
The Digital Media: Interactive Media pathway enables you to develop specialist knowledge, understanding and skills in your chosen area, preparing you for employment in the digital media sector in job roles such as assistant animator, production runner or freelance crew or for a media- related apprenticeship.
It could also provide a route to a higher education media-related programme such as Media Production, Media and Communications, Journalism and Media, and Digital Marketing.
The Applied General in Digital Media is designed to be the substantial part of your study programme. However, it can be studied alongside other Applied General qualifications including Business, IT, Performing Arts, A-level English or Art and Design. This qualification is suitable for students:
Typically, you will have at least five GCSEs graded A*- C, including English Language and Maths. Alternatively you may have equivalent intermediate qualifications at Merit grade or above, along with GCSE grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.
Importantly a university application will probably require five GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, including both English Language and Maths GCSE at grade 4/C or above.
In addition to these entry requirements, you may be asked to attend a taster activity where your practical skills and potential will be assessed.
While studying the Digital Media: Interactive Media pathway you will take between eight and ten units: four mandatory and between four and six specialist units (depending on the size of units).
There are three mandatory units that are in all pathways: Media Products and Audiences; Pre-production and Planning; and Create a Media Product. These units will develop your understanding of how different media institutions operate to create products that appeal to specific target audiences. The units also develop your transferable skills such as planning, communication, adaptability and leadership.
Throughout the course, you will understand how interactive multimedia products are used and learn how to design, create and test an interactive product. Also, opportunities exist to explore the different techniques used to produce animations or to gain practical skills in games development by planning and producing a functional level of a new computer game.
Other skills that will be developed include working in a team, communication, adaptability and evaluation. You will also have opportunities to find out from employers how the skills and knowledge you acquire are used in the workplace.
Students must complete a total of eight or ten units, consisting of two mandatory examined units and six or eight further units. The choice of units will depend on the specialist pathway. These qualifications are assessed using a combination of:
Every unit achieved will be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.
If you don’t achieve a Pass in a unit, it will be graded unclassified. You must get at least a Pass for every unit to be awarded the qualification.
Qualifications are graded using a Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction* (and Unclassified) structure.
You will need to provide a memory stick and a set of mini-headphones for your studies.
This qualification could also form part of the basis for application to a higher education course (degree, foundation degree or HNC/HND) in a media-related discipline.
Students who complete this course will have a range of options, as studying this qualification does not restrict future progression to one particular role.
You can advance your career in roles such as digital layout artist, digital graphic designer, freelance reporter, web developer/designer, animator and computer graphics modeller.
Former Media Studies learner James Radford is revelling in his first job with a creative agency. He has secured a role as a Production Assistant with Derby based Matchstick Design.
His main responsibility is to help ensure smooth work flow in the studio – taking briefs, dealing with suppliers and seeing jobs through to delivery. He’s also preparing images for use in wide ranging projects and assisting with research.
With further experience, he aims to take on a more senior role on the creative side of the business.
It’s my first job and I’m sure my time at Derby College helped me to get it. My studies gave me skills, confidence and knowledge of film, which helped a lot.
I would definitely recommend the Media Studies course to other people interested in a career in the creative industry. It was the right choice for me: the standard of teaching was good and we covered the subjects I’m most interested in.