The Intermediate Level 2 Media: Moving Image and Audio Production Pathway has been specifically designed for students wishing to study a single creative subject plus GCSE English and Maths [if required], work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.
Digital media plays a key role in many areas of our everyday lives and is also an important part of the UK economy. There is a demand from employers for an increasingly skilled and technically literate workforce as more and more media products are produced digitally.
The Intermediate Media programme will assess the application of creative media skills through their practical use. It will also provide you with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve your learning in other subjects. The aim is to enhance your employability when you leave education, contributing to your personal development and future economic wellbeing.
Video and digital animation is used in a wide range of applications in the creative and digital media sector. It can enhance applications and can be used to entertain and inform the viewer.
If you don’t already have a grade C  or above at GCSE in English and Maths, you’ll continue to study these elements which will form a significant part of your study programme.
Typically you will need a minimum of one GCSE at grade 4 (C) or above, ideally in a related subject. You should also have GCSE English and Maths grade 3 (D) or equivalent Functional Skills.
Candidates will be invited to College for an interview and a screening test as part of the application process. You will need to demonstrate that you are interested in working within your chosen subject area and that you have good communication skills. It is also essential that you show a commitment to maintaining high standards of attendance and meeting deadlines.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take your previous experience into consideration. Applicants will be interviewed and will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths.
In addition to the entry requirements above, you will also need to attend a taster event, where your practical skills and potential will be assessed.
Planning is an essential part of working in the creative and digital media sector. The pre-production element of the programme will enable you to understand pre-production skills and techniques used in the sector, as well as gaining the knowledge and skills to create digital media products and explore their application.
Mandatory Unit: Pre-production Skills:
This unit will enable you to understand pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector. It will develop your understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.
Mandatory Unit: Creating Digital Graphics:
You will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. You will be able to plan the creation of digital graphics, create new digital graphics using a range of editing techniques and review a completed graphic against a specific brief.
Specialist Units: Creating a Digital Video Sequence and Creating a Digital Animation:
Video sequencing and animation will enable you to understand where digital video is used in the media industry such as television, film, web applications or computer gaming. You will also learn how these technologies are developed to reach an identified target audience, the purpose of digital video products and where they are used.
This involves a written exam that lasts one hour and 15 minutes and is set and marked by the Awarding Body [60 marks].
The question paper:
Creating Digital Graphics, Creating A Digital Video Sequence and Creating A Digital Animation:
These are centre assessed and moderated by the Awarding Body [60 marks].
The centre assessed tasks will be practical tasks in the context of an assignment, selected from the Awarding Body’s bank of model assignments.
You may be required to purchase a basic toolkit costing approximately £25 based on a list provided at enrolment (concessions are available subject to status). You will also need a journal or notebook at all times throughout the course.
On successful completion of the programme to Merit or Distinction standard – as well as GCSE English and Maths to grade 4 [C] – you can progress to an advanced course such as Advanced Digital Media Design or Moving Image and Audio Production, via application and portfolio interview.
This course also prepares you for a junior employment position in the media-based industries, with the potential for promotion with the help of further training and qualifications.
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.