Level 3 90 Credit Media

Start date(s):
03 Sep 2018
1 year
Level 3
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Full Time
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Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free
19-23 - Free or £5421
24+ - £5421


This course will provide you with a combination of theoretical and practical skills required for work within the creative industries, such as cinematography, photography, editing, animation and radio. You will be involved in the development of individual and group projects to gain research and idea development skills.

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The creative and technical course is designed to stretch and challenge those who are looking to progress into a career in the media industry. You will have the opportunity to explore a choice of sector areas, and will develop key practical and research skills.

This fast paced, exciting qualification will allow you to develop and test your creativity. You will be provided with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to progress to degree level study or employment.


You will have the opportunity to study the following aspects of media:
  • Storytelling - Idea development, research, narrative, story writing.
  • Cinematography - Framing and composition, technical camera use, telling stories through the camera, photography, documentary film-making.
  • Editing - Using computers, editing techniques, communication through video, music video.
  • Moving Image - Animation, special effects, compositing, typography.
  • Radio - Music programme creation, sound editing.

Maths and English are an increasingly important requirement for the workplace. You will develop these skills as part of your studies.

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Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

Assessments will test both your practical and theoretical knowledge and skills. The study programme will prepare you for employment through work placements and live briefs.

Maths and English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, do not worry, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will have the opportunity to re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills. These qualifications will help you enhance your maths and English skills and can be taken at levels between Entry Level 1 up to and including Level 2. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.
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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

We are very proud of the strong industry links we hold. To enhance your experience, we work with a number of media companies and industry professionals. We have projects and work experience placements currently running with:
  • The Media Hub in Sunderland
  • County Durham Cricket Media Centre
  • Durham Constabulary.

You will also have the opportunity to attend sessions with guest speakers, such as:
  • Media practitioners from the BBC and ITV
  • Communicorp
  • Metro FM
  • Assistant Directors Association.

You will be encouraged to attend and enter film festivals such as Aesthetica in York and The Royal Television Society Young Peoples' Media Festival in Sunderland.

You could progress to FdA Film and Media Production at New College Durham, or a relevant subject at university.

Alternatively, you could progress into employment within the creative industries.

Progress onto further study


FdA Film & Media Production

This programme is an industry focused qualification that aims to prepare you for work in a variety of roles within the film and media industry.

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Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview. At this stage, you will be provided with more details about the course and will have an opportunity to meet your tutors and tour the facilities.

You will be asked a series of questions so we can find out more about you and your career aspirations. We will happily answer any questions you may have.
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Entry Criteria

In order to access this course, you must possess a minimum of four GCSEs at grades C or above (or equivalent), ideally this will include maths and English, or a relevant Level 2 qualification.