You will develop skills across a range of units to provide you with a sound introduction to the varied creative digital media.
You will study three core units:
- Digital media sectors and audiences – including the key sectors of moving imagery, audio production, publishing, website production and digital games production.
- Media in context – exploring the context of various media, including how they can work together
- Planning and pitching a digital media product – developing verbal, written and visual communication skills to formulate pitch ideas.
In addition, you can tailor the course to meet your particular interests and career aspirations by choosing from a range of specialist, practical units. These can focus around anything from photography to animation, and include:
- Digital moving image production – investigating key features to make film and video
- Digital audio production – exploring and creating audio recording techniques for different locations and environments
- Digital publishing production – gaining digital publishing and design skills, including how to source content and production management.
- Website production – exploring the creation of websites including developing suitable content and understanding the technical requirements
- Digital video games production – gaining knowledge of 2D and 3D digital games platforms and audiences, as well as creating a game of your choice.
How will I be assessed?
This course will be assessed through a range of methods, and two exams.
A range of GCSE passes, ideally including some at grade 3 (D) particularly in English and maths. It is essential that you have an interest in creative digital media, and show some evidence of your own material.
Students have access to a range of visits and trips such as to film studios, and will be invited to talks by visiting guest speakers. Students can work to commercial briefs, giving them the opportunity to evidence their learning by undertaking a project for a local business or charity. In addition, qualifications in graphic design and photography may be available.
All Totton College students have the benefit of undertaking at least 60 hours of relevant work experience to support their studies, gain experience and potentially develop contacts with future employers. Our careers team is available to help students secure work placements.
What can I do next?
Most students progress on to a Level 2 Creative Media course, and then Level 3 course specialising in either TV and Film Production or Video Games Development. Previous students have gone on to careers as a photographer, sound recordist, web designer and video games designer.