BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative and Digital Media
Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English, plus a satisfactory portfolio.
Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

On this course you will develop practical skills needed to help you make a start into a career in the media industries, such as in music video production, animation, photography or television. There will be units designed to develop your skills in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects and other industry standard software and you will complete real life photography and video commissions for clients and local businesses.


What will I learn?
  • Visual recording in Photography and Media
  • Materials, techniques and processes in Photography and Media
  • Ideas and concepts in Photography and Media Communication through Photography and Media Contextual  influences in Photography and Media Application, Exploration and Realisation (Final Major Project)
  • Personal and Professional Development in Photography and Media
  • Experimental imagery in Photography
  • Lens based Image Making Studio Photography Location Photography
  • 2D animation
  • Stop motion animation Camera techniques Video editing
  • Lens based image production
  • Digital video production
How will the course be assessed?

Generally your assessments throughout the course will be in the form of assignments. The type and content of these assignments will vary depending on the particular unit that is being assessed. It is important that you realise that you are being assessed continually and will earn grades for all work that you do and it is therefore important to strive for good grades, particularly if you hope to progress to university.

All assignments are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. For each assignment you will receive an assignment brief which will clearly outline what you have to do for the assessment and how you can achieve your grades. On the BTEC Extended Diploma your final qualification will show three grades e.g. D*D*D*, DMM, MMP. The 3 grades reflect the fact that your BTEC Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels. Progression onto HE required a minimum MMM grade profile.


Additional costs include sketchbooks, printer credits, specialist materials for final pieces and non-compulsory trips and visits that could include, the Liverpool Tate and Walker Gallery, Manchester Art Galleries, The Media Museum and Impressions Gallery – Bradford, The Harry Potter Studios in London and a residential visit to London.


We have fantastic spacious studio spaces with specialist equipment including printmaking tools, a photography studio and dark room with industry standard editing software.

Materials and other information

Students are asked to pay a consumable fee of approximately £40 for Year 1 which will provide them with a great value kit of art materials, a sketch book, some mount card, video production materials, a visit to a gallery and some contribution to the materials used on the course.

In Year 2 students are asked to pay a consumable fee of approximately £40 and in return you will receive three sketchbooks, mount card for the final exhibition and portfolio. It will also allow you to visit UCAS “Design your Futures” fair and makes a contribution to the cost of course materials.

Progression and Careers

Former students are studying at a number of top universities including Goldsmith’s College, Central St. Martin’s School of Art, the Edinburgh College of Art, Kingston University and the Wimbledon College of Fashion.

Our students have gone on to gain fantastic careers such as Web Designer, Set Designer for Theatre and TV, Film Maker, Photographer, Furniture Designer, Product Designer, Illustrator, Art Therapist, Architect, Fashion Designer, Town Planner, Costume Designer, Special Effects Props and Make up, Computer Games Designer, Museum Curator, Industrial Ceramic Designer or Teacher.

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