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 your skills in maths and English, undertake work-based activity and plan your learning with a personal coach.
You need a GCSE in a related subject at grade D. [Key Stage 3 Programme of Study in ICT within the National Curriculum]
You should also have a standard of maths and English equivalent to Functional Skills Level 1.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take your previous experience into consideration. Applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in maths and English, and must present a portfolio of supporting practical work or undertake a related project/task prior to interview to assess their suitability.
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.
You will be assessed via two mandatory units plus two optional units.
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.
On successful completion of the programme to Merit or Distinction standard, as well as GCSE English at grade C, you can progress to a Level 3 programme of study including the Diploma and Extended Diploma in Digital Media Design or related subjects.
This course puts you on the pathway to roles such as web designer, digital layout artist, online journalist, social media manager, games designer, digital graphic designer, animator and special effects designer.
A company director who studied BTEC multimedia at Derby College is spearheading a key event showcasing ideas and innovation in the city. Helen Clark, 32, attended the former Wilmorton site on a two year course when she was just 16. She is now a director with city-based Clark CX, a website conversion rate optimisation consultancy, which was founded by her husband Pete. Helen said Derby College gave her a crucial insight into the workplace and the course was broad-based enough to allow her to choose in which direction she wanted to take her career. After college she took a graphic design degree in Norwich, which led to design roles in Bath, Mansfield and then Derby. Pete separately attended Derby College on an art foundation course, and Helen joined his business two years ago. They are now putting together TEDxDerby 2016 at QUAD on May 21. The event is a forum which will showcase creative and innovative ideas from speakers predominantly based in, or connected, to Derby.
Helen said: "The BTEC course was like an introduction to the real world and how people work in the industry. We covered a wide range from illustration to graphic design and video work, which helped me to decide which field I wanted to go into."