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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Adult Loan Amount: 4670.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This qualification is aimed at students aged 16 years and over who want to study digital media focusing on digital multimedia, photography, graphic and web-based design concepts, and production development. The pathway has been specifically designed for students wishing to study a single creative subject plus work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.
It will provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree-level study and employment in the media sector.
You will have an opportunity to explore and develop your creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and which provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.


Entry requirements

Typically, you will have at least five GCSEs graded 9 - 4 / 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.


Course Content

While studying the Creative Digital Multi Media pathway you will take between eight and 13 units, culminating in a final major project.

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 critical and contextual awareness, planning, design and research skills, and leadership skills. Throughout the course, you will understand how digital multimedia products are used and learn how to design, create and test a product.

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.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the duration of the course you will complete various units of study as you work towards your final major project. Your tutor will assess you via various internal assessment methods, and your work will also be externally moderated.

Qualifications are graded using a Pass, Merit, Distinction (and referral) structure.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

This qualification is suitable for students who:

  • are preparing for employment in the creative media sector
  • want to progress into media-related apprenticeships
  • want to gain a Level 3 qualification to progress to higher education 

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Helen Clark

Helen Clark

Former BTEC student Helen leads Derby innovation showcase

A company director who studied BTEC multimedia at Derby College is spearheading a key event showcasing ideas and innovation in the city. Helen Clark, 32, attended the former Wilmorton site on a two year course when she was just 16. She is now a director with city-based Clark CX, a website conversion rate optimisation consultancy, which was founded by her husband Pete. Helen said Derby College gave her a crucial insight into the workplace and the course was broad-based enough to allow her to choose in which direction she wanted to take her career. After college she took a graphic design degree in Norwich, which led to design roles in Bath, Mansfield and then Derby. Pete separately attended Derby College on an art foundation course, and Helen joined his business two years ago. They are now putting together TEDxDerby 2016 at QUAD on May 21. The event is a forum which will showcase creative and innovative ideas from speakers predominantly based in, or connected, to Derby.

Helen said: "The BTEC course was like an introduction to the real world and how people work in the industry. We covered a wide range from illustration to graphic design and video work, which helped me to decide which field I wanted to go into."


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