Creative Media

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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 2018

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. 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.

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Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2019
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form


What will I study?

You’ll develop a thorough understanding of creative media techniques that will help you develop the necessary skills employers are looking for. 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 is really like in this vibrant industry.


How will I learn?

As you would expect, lessons in creative media are active and require you think out of the box and use your intuition to participate and put forward your ideas.


How will I be assessed?

You will apply your learning through practical assessments in the form of internally assessed assignments and externally assessed tasks and on-screen exams.


You need:

To have achieved A*/9-C/4 grades in at least five GCSE programmes, including either GCSE English or GCSE Maths.


What else do I need to know?

You may not know this, but you already are exposed to creative media techniques, so this course will not only help you to recognise these but it will also enable you to gain an invaluable insight into the creative media sector.


What’s next?

Moving on to university you can further develop your technical skills and knowledge or specialise in a preferred field. Future careers could include web authoring, digital communication, media design and digital communication, or you could go on to launch your own creative media business.


Reasons to join us:

  • Most of our students progress to university or find employment after finishing their course at SRC Bede Sixth Form.
  • Many of our media students are now working within the industry.
  • The skills you will develop on this course are transferable to other vocational areas.

Media Studies

The media has become part of our everyday lives. It informs us, entertains us and has a huge influence on the way we view the world. The media is a dynamic, vibrant and essential industry that offers a whole range of exciting career opportunities to those who study it.

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Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2019
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form


What will you do?

This course will enable you to examine the power of the media, its regulation, genres, and audience, while also developing practical skills through the creation of your own media products for television, magazine and other journalistic industries.


How will I learn?

You will learn how to produce industry standard media products through practical hands on experience with specialist media equipment. You will also learn a range of analytical skills and will apply them to real-world case studies from our media.


How am I assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework (which is worth 30% of your grade) and examination work (which is worth 70% of your grade).


What’s next?

Media Studies could lead to a range of opportunities in both university and employment. It is an essential course for anyone wanting to work in journalism, media production, advertising or marketing.


You need:

To have achieved A*/9-C/4 grades in at least seven GCSE programmes, and must have GCSE English and Maths.


What else do I need to know?

This course will give you hands-on experience using industry standard camera and editing equipment and you will be encouraged to make use of our state-of-the-art green screen television studio.


Reasons to join us:

  • Great destinations! Our alumni students now work for companies making commercials for Tesco, they have made documentaries in the Middle East and they have recorded Oscar winning soundtracks.
  • Amazing facilities! You will gain hands-on experience with industry standard camera and editing equipment and you will make use of our state-of-the-art green screen television studio.
  • High success rates! The course has had a 100% pass rate now for the last four years, making A-level media studies students some of the most successful students in the college.

What our students say:

“The media studies course is interesting due to the wide range of interesting topics and relevant case studies we examine throughout the year”. – Adelle

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


Possible combination subjects:

You can choose any combination of courses that you like, but we think this subject goes particularly well with both creative and academic subjects alike.

Subjects like Music Technology and Art lend themselves extremely well to the practical production based side of the course, whereas subjects like Sociology, English Literature and English Language help students develop the analytical skills that are a key part of the media studies curriculum.

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.