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.
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.
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 on two mandatory units for the Award and two mandatory units plus two optional units for the Certificate.
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 course, you can progress to intermediate level qualifications in iMedia, Media Production and other related subjects, or take up an apprenticeship.
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.
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."