If you are interested in exploring the potential of a career in the games industry, this one-year course will provide you with an excellent introduction. It is designed to give you a general overview of the industry as well as the skills needed to succeed in such a fast-paced profession.
To support your main study programme, future progression and life skills, you will also develop your skills in maths and English.
You will need at least four 4/D grades or above at GCSE, along with a minimum grade 3/C in either English Language or Maths. As a prospective learner, you will also be asked to attend a media workshop where your skills will be assessed.
Units covered are:
**Please note: course content may be subject to change**
You will be assessed on coursework made up of practical work, research, essays, discussions and presentations.
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 achieve at least a Pass for every unit to be awarded the qualification.
Two units will be assessed externally.
Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
This course is an excellent platform for you to start working towards a gaming 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 4/C in English and Maths, you could progress to a Level 3 course.
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.