If you are interested in exploring the potential of a career in creative media production, this one-year course is an excellent introduction. It is designed to give you a general overview of the media and the skills needed to succeed in such a fast-paced industry.
To support your main study programme, future progression and life skills, you will also develop your skills in maths and English.
You will need at least four high grade Ds or above at GCSE, along with a minimum grade C in either English Language or Maths. Prospective learners will also be asked to compile a portfolio to evidence the skills required for media production. You will be given details of the required content at your interview. You must also attend a media workshop where your portfolio work and skills will be assessed.
Topic areas covered on the course may include:
You will be assessed on coursework made up of practical work, research, essays, discussions and presentations. Two units will be assessed externally.
Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
Whilst all equipment required for the course is available for loan from the College, you will be required to supply your own stationery and SD card.
This course is an excellent platfom for you to start working towards a creative media career. Provided you pass all the required units at Merit or Distinction level, have a grade C in English and demonstrate aptitude for this exciting subject, you could progress to a Level 3 course.
Former Media Studies learner James Radford is revelling in his first job with a creative agency. He has secured a role as a Production Assistant with Derby based Matchstick Design.
His main responsibility is to help ensure smooth work flow in the studio – taking briefs, dealing with suppliers and seeing jobs through to delivery. He’s also preparing images for use in wide ranging projects and assisting with research.
With further experience, he aims to take on a more senior role on the creative side of the business.
It’s my first job and I’m sure my time at Derby College helped me to get it. My studies gave me skills, confidence and knowledge of film, which helped a lot.
I would definitely recommend the Media Studies course to other people interested in a career in the creative industry. It was the right choice for me: the standard of teaching was good and we covered the subjects I’m most interested in.