Creative Media

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Achieve more with our fantastic results in Computing & Media

Careers in creative media have never been so diverse. With digital technology booming, your ideas can quickly be brought to life on the big or small screen. Our Creative Media courses will teach you the technical skills to make your work stand out and give you the knowledge and inspiration to explore your own ideas.

What will you do?

With a focus on work this practical course will see you creating your own projects and assignments in our design studios. Working to briefs based on the real world you’ll get to see what life’s really like in this vibrant industry. Choose the right course for you and you can either touch on all areas of creative digital media, focus on creative film production or computer game design.

Is it right for you?

Yes if you enjoy being creative and you are keen to bring your ideas to life using the latest digital techniques.

Vocational

So you have put down your Playstation control, picked up your iPhone and turned on Sky.

Creative media is a rapidly expanding industry. You will get to work with some of the most exciting technologies available and have some great fun while doing so.

We have really good links with some of the biggest players in the industry and have excellent connections with Tees Valley’s very own Digital City, so you will be in the best place to find the right skills in one of the most fast-paced and innovative industries in the world.

With careers in everything from film and TV production to digital media and computer games design, this sector can be anything you want it to be.

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Attendance: Full-time

Duration: One year

Starting date: September 2020

Location: Teesdale

What will you do?

With a focus on work this practical course will see you creating your own projects and assignments in our design studios. Working to briefs based on the real world you’ll get to see what life’s really like in this vibrant industry.

How will I learn?

You will develop essential practical and theoretical knowledge through both practical and theoretical knowledge.

How am I assessed?

Assessment is through assignment based work. The emphasis is on practical work, although a certain amount of written work is required.

You need:

An interest in working in the games and media industries and a minimum of four GCSEs grade 3/D or above, including English or Maths, or a relevant introductory level qualification.

Why English and Maths matter…

Careers in creative media could require following or writing detailed instructions, writing reports, resizing image dimensions and calculating.

What’s next?
Progress to a relevant Level 3 course such as the Computer Games Design Level 3.

What else do I need to know?

The course also covers functional skills to help you improve your Maths and English.

How do I apply/enrol?

www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

What kit/uniform do I need?
USB memory stick (min 16GB),

Sketch pad and pencils

Graphics tablet (optional)

3 reasons to join us:

  • Excellent progression to level 3 courses
  • Have fun whilst learning industry standard hardware and software edge design studios.
  • Be part of one of the biggest growth sectors in the world.

A Level

This exciting course provides an examination of the power of the media and its influence in our lives. It maintains a strong academic analysis of the media and also teaches you to make film and television programmes allowing you to undertake practical coursework on a range of professional television equipment. We study production, institutions and regulation of the media, the analysis of audience, genre, representation and narrative, within television, film and the press.

BTEC Creative Media Production

Creative media is a rapidly expanding industry. On this course we get to work with some of the most exciting technologies available and have some great fun while doing so. We have really good links with some of the biggest players in the industry, so you will be in the best place to find the right skills in one of the most fast-paced and innovative industries in the world.

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Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2020
Location:  Bede Sixth Form


What will I study?

Learners will gain a thorough understanding of creative media techniques that will help you develop the necessary skills that creative sector employers are looking for. With a focus on employability, this practical course will see learners create their own projects and assignments in our design studios.


How will I learn?

Lessons in creative media are active and require learners to think outside of the box and use their intuition to participate and put forward their ideas. Learners can expect to experience what life is really like in the vibrant media industry through working to briefs based on real world scenarios.


How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed by a combination of practical assignments and examination.


You need:

Take a look at our prospectus to see our entry requirements and how our study programmes work.


What’s next?

Future careers could include journalism, digital communication, advertising, television and film or even launching your own creative media business. Some of our most recent students have gone on to study at some of the country’s most prestigious film schools, as well as working within the creative media industries for clients such as Tesco, Audi and Emmerdale.


Reasons to join us:

  • Industry Links! We have excellent connections with Tees Valley’s very own Digital City.
  • Great destinations! Our alumni students now work for companies making commercials, documentaries and Oscar-winning soundtracks.
  • Amazing facilities! You will gain hands-on experience with industry standard camera and editing equipment, including our green screen television studio.

What our students say:

“Of all my courses, media studies is the most fun and enjoyable and I always find myself looking forward to the next lesson” – David

“I felt very prepared for my first job in the creative sector after studying media at Bede. I use the skills I developed at college every day in my job in the advertising industry” – Beth


How do I apply/enrol?

Head to our website and complete our simple online application form: www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

Alternatively, you can find a hard copy of our application form at the back of our prospectus. Complete this and post it back to us, or hand it in at our Reception.

 

Film Studies

The film industry is now over one hundred years old and has become both culturally and economically vital to our world. The creative sector is the fastest growing industry in the United Kingdom and the UK film industry sits at the forefront of this growth. Hollywood blockbusters continue to push what is believed possible in terms of spectacle and profit and international styles are cultivating in almost every country of the world. Today is the most exciting time to be studying the ever evolving film industry and film studies offers students a chance to do just that.

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Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2020
Location:  Bede Sixth Form


What will I do?

Film Studies offers learners the opportunity to explore film as an artistic expression, exploring how narratives are constructed, how on screen images manipulate audience emotions and how films can communicate ideas and messages ways most people don’t even realise. Learners will also get to develop their own filmmaking and screenwriting skills through practical coursework elements.


How will I learn?

You will learn how to produce industry standard film products through practical hands on experience with specialist film equipment. You will also learn a range of analytical skills and apply them to a wide range of films that span many genres, styles and cultural significances.


How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed by a combination of practical coursework (30% of your grade) and 2 examinations (70% of your grade).


You need:

Students should have grades 9-4 in seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics.

Depending on your previous grades you may need to study English and maths alongside your other courses. These are essential skills that all employers value.


What's next?

Past film studies students have gone on to study at some of the country’s most prestigious film schools, before going on to work in all aspects of the film and media industry including advertising, journalism, and the film and television industry.


Reasons to join us:

  • Film Studies at Bede Sixth form has never had anything lower than a 100% pass rate
  • We have some of the best equipment in the area for a below university level institution
  • Learners get full access to the college’s expansive media store and film and TV studio.

What our students say:

“Film studies is an essential course for anyone who enjoys film. I’ve learned so much and the teaching on the course was really good. The combination of practical and theoretical learning meant that I was always engaged and it really helped me to get a good balance of skills that I will need for a career in the film industry.” – Dylan


How do I apply/enrol?

Head to our website and complete our simple online application form: www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

Alternatively, you can find a hard copy of our application form at the back of our prospectus. Complete this and post it back to us, or hand it in at our Reception.

Apprenticeship

An Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to get into the world of work and earn real money whilst gaining nationally recognised qualifications.

If you are a school leaver, currently unemployed or looking to start a new career, Stockton Riverside College can help you to find the right Apprenticeship and employer for you.

Creative and Digital Media Apprenticeship

Mixing creativity, technology and business, this level 3 Creative & Digital Media apprenticeship will give you the skills needed for a career in a range of creative industries including television, archive, animation, interactive media, film, photo imaging and radio.

Main Duties:

As a level 3 apprentice, duties may include:
• Providing production and post-production assistance to crew on film and TV shoots
• Logging, backing up data and cataloguing images.
• Liaising with the editor
• Preparing 2D or 3D CGI or stop motion assets.
• Carrying out clean-up and breakdown
• Conducting research for film, TV, Interactive media and photo imaging
• Taking photographs
• Providing services to clients
• Maintaining and editing online content
• Using social media, optimisation techniques and analysis tools to support business growth
• Preparing and distributing schedules, cast lists and scripts

Assessment:

You will be allocated a course tutor/assessor to provide guided learning and support with assignments. You will be observed in the workplace by your allocated assessor.

You need:

Apprenticeships require a good level of English, maths and/or ICT. Our initial assessment and your GCSE results will help inform us of your ability and what support we can offer to get you to the level required.

If you do not hold the relevant GCSEs you will need to complete the Functional Skills qualifications as part of your apprenticeship.

You must be:

  • at least 16
  • a UK resident
  • in employment. We can help with this

To undertake a level 3 apprenticeship, you need a level 2 qualification or to have experience in a relevant field.

Duration:

18 months

Career Pathways

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English & Maths

Depending on your previous grades you may need to study English and Maths. These are essential skills that all employers value. Your tutor can answer any questions you have regarding this.

Work experience/employability

We want to help you develop real skills for real jobs. That’s why we work closely with a wide range of employers to ensure all of our courses give you the skills that they are looking for in their future employees. We offer a variety of exciting opportunities to gain work experience such as working with a local radio station and much more. Our dedicated online program ‘My Work Search’ will help prepare you for future job opportunities.

Social and personal development

You’ll get the opportunity to develop a range of additional skills including the ability to work independently and as part of a team, putting together and delivering presentations, organisation, research skills and the use of ICT and our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Your tutor will be able to tell you more about course specific developments.