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Creative Media Production


Creative Media Production is an exciting two-year full-time course which provides the knowledge and hands on experience for students who have a keen interest in working in the creative media industries.

This course would particularly suit you if you:

  • have a fascination with all the many aspects of the Creative Media industry and how it works
  • want to know how to produce professional media artefacts and are keen to work following industry processes
  • prefer to work on a modular basis and your strength is in producing creative & technical practical work
  • demonstrate a strong personal interest and commitment to the subject area, as much of the production work will need to be completed outside of lesson hours
  • are considering a career in the Creative Media sector, as you will work on projects and create a full portfolio of work

Topics Covered

  • Filming and Editing Techniques - experimenting with different camera setups, editing and post production techniques
  • Working on a film set as a professional production crew shooting your own work on location
  • Keeping up with modern media trends- exploring the world of podcasts and recording your own show
  • Pursuing a career in the Creative Media sector - how the industry is structured, creating a professional showreel, finding work as a media practitioner

This course should be studied in combination with other A Levels or BTECs of your choice. Students will need to commit to completing both years in order to achieve the qualification. Assessment is continuous throughout the year. You must be committed to regular attendance, working in groups and meeting strict deadlines. You will also be required to travel independently off site without supervision for filming or recording project work.

Bryony Morgan

Bryony Morgan

Studied: BTEC Creative Media Production, A Level Photography + AS Maths & Digital Illustration (2014-2016)

Progression: Film Production, Southampton Solent University

After leaving Varndean, Bryony went to Solent University in Southampton to study Film Production (BA Hons) and is now in her third year making her graduate film. With the biggest budget film I’ve worked on (£10,000) she’s working as Casting Director, First Assistant Camera (1st AC), and Editor. Next year she’s staying to do a part-time Masters in Film!

Bryony says: "Varndean was new to me; it allowed me to become independent and really think about what I wanted to do in the future. I knew my career lied in the arts sector, but creative media production really allowed me to explore the different roles and responsibilities I could strive to achieve. Covering all bases of film and television, from live tv, to fiction and non-fiction films, it let me dabble in lots of areas and through that, I was able to understand what I wanted. My other creative subjects (photography and digital illustration) really pushed me to overcome obstacles and allowed me to experiment with my craft."

Course Essentials

Courses Available
Level 3 Introductory Diploma (equivalent to 1 A Level)
Entry Requirements

PLUS

Grade 5 or above in GCSE Media, Film, Photography or Art

OR

Merit or above in BTEC/CTEC Media or BTEC Art & Design

You should also be able to demonstrate a strong interest in the Creative Media industries at interview.

Portfolios of moving, still image or audio work will be considered if you have not studied relevant subjects.

How The Course is Assessed
You will be assessed in a variety of ways: tutor observation, portfolio work, research assignments, individual and group work, and through working on project briefs.
Career Pathways
Further study at FE level, HND or Degree in specialist Creative and Media areas or other more general subjects, employment and/or further work-based training where appropriate.
Transferable Skills
Teamwork and communication skills; creative writing; independent working and decision making; time management and organisation.
Other Information
Students build a portfolio of quality work which will prove invaluable for university or employer interviews in the future.
Enquiries To
Nicola Bailey: njb@varndean.ac.uk