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Level: 1

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is an exciting course designed for those who are interested in using digital technology in the production of creative designs.

It provides an ideal opportunity to explore a broad range of digital specialisms including graphics, web design, animation, photography, video, games and social and interactive media.

The course gives you the opportunity to experiment and explore emerging technologies and to develop innovative solutions to media-based problems. You will have access to industry standard equipment and resources and will be taught by skilled media professionals.

The course adopts a hands-on approach to teaching and learning and allows you the freedom to explore the areas of creative media that interest you most.

It also provides good progression opportunities to enhance your learning in a range of related curriculum areas including IT, Games Development, Media Production and Communication Design.

In order to support your main programme of study, future progression and life skills, you will also develop skills in maths and English, undertake work-based activity and plan your learning with a personal coach.

Entry requirements

You need to be under 19, have limited achievement at GCSE (grades E-G) and have a sound interest in Digital Media. All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment of maths and English, and will be encouraged to present examples of supporting practical work or undertake a related project/task prior to interview to assess their suitability.

Course Content

The Creative iMedia Design course is vocationally related, industry relevant and suited to a broad range of learning styles and abilities.

The course will equip you with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable transferable skills such as research, planning and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on two mandatory units for the Award and two mandatory units plus two optional units for the Certificate.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to purchase a basic media design toolkit costing approximately £25 based on a list provided at enrolment (concessions available subject to status). You will also need a journal or notebook at all times throughout the course.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study
On successful completion of the course, you can progress to intermediate level qualifications in iMedia, Media Production and other related subjects, or take up an apprenticeship.

Careers
This course offers a pathway to a career in roles such as web designer, digital layout artist, online journalist, social media manager, games designer, digital graphic designer, animator or special effects designer.

 

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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James Radford

James Radford

Designs on a career in the creative industry

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.
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