The Level 2 Intermediate Interactive Media: Digital Pathway has been specifically designed for students wishing to study a creative subject combined with IT, work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.
If you don’t already have a grade C  or above at GCSE in English and Maths, you’ll continue to study these elements which will form a significant part of your study programme. Additionally, your programme will include complementary components from Applied Generals in IT.
Digital media plays a key role in many areas of our everyday lives and is also an important part of the UK economy. There is a demand from employers for an increasingly skilled and technically literate workforce as more and more media products are produced digitally.
The Intermediate Interactive Media programme will assess the application of creative media skills through their practical use. It will also provide you with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve your learning in other subjects. The aim is to enhance your employability when you leave education, contributing to your personal development and future economic wellbeing. The programme will encourage independence, creativity and awareness of the digital media sector.
The course will equip you with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities for you to develop, in context, desirable transferable skills such as research, planning and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively.
You need one of the following:
You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to a minimum of 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 English and maths, and must present a portfolio of current work or undertake a related project/task before or after the interview to assess their suitability.
Component 1: Interactive Media
Planning is an essential part of working in the creative and digital media sector. The pre-production element of this programme will enable you to understand pre-production skills and techniques used in the sector, as well as to gain the knowledge and skills to create digital media products and explore their application. It will also develop your understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.
Pre-production skills content includes:
Digital graphics feature in many areas of our lives and play a very important part in today’s world. The digital media sector relies heavily on these visual stimulants within products to communicate messages effectively.
Creating Digital Graphics content includes:
The aim of this unit is for you to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector.
Component 2: Digital Business Technologies
This will provide you with the opportunity, through applied learning, to develop the core principles and specialist knowledge and understanding required in the IT sector.
The qualification provides you with an introduction to the IT sector, enabling you to learn and to be assessed in practical and relevant ways.
You are not required to undertake external assessments to achieve this qualification.
Pre-production skills involves a written exam that lasts one hour and 15 minutes and is set and marked by the Awarding Body [60 marks].
This question paper:
Creating Digital Graphics is centre-assessed and moderated by the Awarding Body [60 marks].
The centre-assessed tasks will be practical tasks in the context of an assignment selected from the Awarding Body’s bank of model assignments.
Component 2: Digital Business Technologies
You must achieve a total of two or three units from a choice of internally assessed units.
You will be required to purchase a basic toolkit costing approximately £25 based on a list provided at enrolment (concessions are 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 completion of GCSE English and Maths to grade 4 [C] – you can progress to an advanced course such as Advanced Digital Media Design or Moving Image and Audio Production, via application and portfolio interview.
This course also prepares you for a junior employment position in the media-based industries, with the potential for promotion with the help of further training and qualifications.
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.