Level 3 90 Credit Media

Start date(s):
3 Sep 2018
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free
19-23 - Free or £5421
24+ - £5421
(fees shown are from previous year)


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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This is a creative and technical course designed to provide learners with the practical and theoretical skills required to progress into a career or higher study in the field of creative media. The course is fast paced, exciting and varied, allowing you to try out a range of media related activities.


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


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

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.

Maths & English

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

Industry links:

You will be encouraged to produce and submit work for national competitions (such as Young Film Makers). This will give you the opportunity to develop your skills and will provide excellent addition to your show-reel. We regularly take learners to visit the Gala Durham, the radio facilities of BBC Newcastle, and Television Studios at BBC Newcastle.

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.

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Meet our students

Zach Ord

Zach Ord

Former student Zach said studying media at New College Durham was the stepping stone he needed to become a filmmaker. He has now established his own production company.

Samantha Sulkiewicz

Samantha Sulkiewicz

Former media student Samantha is now a Production Editor and runs her own production company working for CBeebies.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Entry Criteria

A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C and above, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a related subject. Ideally, one of your GCSEs will include either English or maths - alternatively, a Level 2 certificate in Literacy or Numeracy will be considered.