Are you are interested in interactive media, graphic design, publishing and photography - and exploring the potential of a career in digital multimedia?
This one-year course is designed to give you a general overview of digital media and the skills needed to succeed in such a fast-paced industry.
The qualification gives you the opportunity to develop your technical skills through a process of self-evaluation, practice and review. To allow for a rich and immersive learning experience, you will work freely across a range of technical skills areas. These include creative investigation and ideas generation, communication, using creative development processes, developing and applying practical skills, and using productive working skills and practice centred around moving image and audio production.
The Level 2 Extended Certificate is equivalent to two GCSEs.
To support your main study programme, future progression and life skills, you will also resit your GCSEs where you will develop your skills in Maths and English.
You will need at least four D/3 grades or above at GCSE, along with a minimum grade C/4 in either English Language or Maths.
You will study three units around interactive media, graphic design, publishing and photography.
The course has been designed to allow you to work on deepening and refining the skills below over time:
There are three assessment units across the specification, which are 100% internally set and assessed.
You will be assessed on coursework made up of practical work, research, essays, discussions and presentations. All evidence produced for assessment is based on practical portfolios of work.
GCSE Maths or English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
Whilst all equipment required for the course is available for loan from the College, you will be required to supply your own stationery and SD card.
This course is an excellent platform for you to start working towards a digital media career.
Provided you can demonstrate aptitude for this exciting subject by passing all the required units at Merit or Distinction level, and you have a grade C/4 in English and Maths, you could progress to a Level 3 course.
This course can provide fundamental creative skills that are valued in other subject areas such as engineering, business or marketing. It could also support progression to an apprenticeship in creative media or a related sector.
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.