Media - Oldham College

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What will I study?

Are you ready to take your first steps towards an exciting career in the media industry?  Do you have a keen interest in the media and an excitement and passion for learning how to create?  If so, this is the right course for you. During your course, you will learn a variety of skills to help you on your journey towards becoming a media professional.  

Presenting TV and radio programmes, directing short films, working as a camera operator, and video editing are amongst the many useful skills you will acquire and develop on our media course. 

During your studies, you will carry out your work in our specialist TV and radio studios, editing suites, and animation suite, developing a range of skills in creative media that will provide you with an excellent foundation in the media industry, using industry standard software such as Adobe Premiere, Audition, Photoshop, InDesign, and Encore.

You will also learn how to present your completed course work in appropriate formats and develop a digital creative portfolio and be supported for future progression to University, Employment or an apprenticeship after your course ends.

You will be able to study the following qualifications in this subject:

Art, Design and Media - Level 1 Full Time

Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology - Level 2 UAL Full Time (I year)

Extended Diploma Creative Media Production & Technology - Level 3 UAL Full Time (2 years)

Modules and Topics

All assessments are coursework based, and you will study the following modules:

 Level 2 Units:

  • Introduction to Creative Media Methods and Skills

  • Introduction to Production Techniques in Creative Media

  • Understanding an Audience in Creative Media Production

  • Contextual Research for Creative Media Production

  • Exploring Audio Production and Technology

  • Exploring Video Production and Technology

  • Exploring Interactive Media Production and Technology

  • Personal Project and Presentation in Creative Media Production

Level 3 Units Year 1:

  • Introduction to Media Processes and Technical Skills

  • Introduction to Design and Research Skills in Creative Media Production

  • Introduction to Professional Practice in Creative Media Production

  • Critical and Contextual Awareness

  • Investigating Audio Production and Technology

  • Investigating Video Production and Technology

  • Investigating Interactive Media and Technology

  • Developing a Creative Media Production Project

  • Characteristics and Contexts in Media and Communication

Level 3 Units Year 2:

  • Engaging with an Audience in Creative Media Production

  • Preparing for Progression in Creative Media Production

  • Specialist Study in Creative Media Production

  • Extended Project in Creative Media Production

 

Work Experience

It is very important that you develop your experience within your industry and that you complete work placement opportunities. We can support you with this and our media tutors have excellent industry links with relevant employers. We also invite employers and organisations to come in to offer you opportunities to complete projects and tasks, and have industry master classes and guest speakers from your industry specialism who will broaden your understanding of the career routes that you may choose to follow.  

So far, our media students have completed work experience at media organisations and local radio stations scheduling music and content, creating adverts, music videos, live web streams, promotional videos, and content for live shows.

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What will I study? (Apprenticeship)

Level 3 - Advanced Apprenticeship in Design

The UK design industry is talented. Designers influence everything from high-tech innovation to environmental sustainability, education and health.

Design is a broad term and you will be working across Media, IT, fashion, furniture or manufacturing to come up with a concept that serves its purpose while looking good. Employers are interested in people with creative flair, good communication skills an ability to work as part of a team.

The Design apprenticeship is aimed at people who want to go straight into employment in the Design industry. The framework covers a range of careers in the creative sector from Fashion, Graphic/Web Designer, Digital artist, product design, advertising, marketing and can be adapted to fit the needs of individual employers and careers.

How will I be assessed?

You will be continuously assessed to establish what you have learnt from each module and assignment.

To ensure you are ready for a demanding and successful career in the media, many of your assessments are in line with the industry standards and protocols. This means you may be asked to pitch your ideas, present planning documents that meet professional standards for your intended productions, create productions for specific target audiences, or work with an employer to create a solution and outcome for a project.

With each project, you will be asked to produce a portfolio of evidence, which is also formally assessed by your tutors at various points throughout the year. Your feedback will be kept on our digital assessment platform at final assessment points. While one to one tutorials will discuss your progress and set you new and stretching targets to ensure you are always aiming high and making good progress.

Your final grade is established through your final major project, where you will use a selection of the skills and techniques that you have learnt, practised and developed on the course, and design & create a media product of your own choosing. This project is examined by external moderators and is exhibited for your peers and tutors to assess.

How will I be assessed (Apprenticeship)?

The Apprentice will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods as agreed with their assessor to ensure that the knowledge and skills they learn are applied consistently in their role. The Apprentice will demonstrate their evidence by building an on line portfolio mapped towards the learning outcomes of the agreed units. Types of evidence will include written assignments, observation, and may also include questions and answers, professional discussion, witness testimonies and the examination of work products. The Assessor is looking to confirm the integration of theory into practice in line with the qualification assessment criteria. This will be quality assured to ensure it is authentic, sufficient and valid before quality assurance from the external Awarding Organisation.

What will this lead to?

Our Level 2 media course is designed as a pathway onto our Level 3 media course.

After completion of Level 3, your progression options include university, apprenticeship, or full time employment. Possible employment routes include camera operating, TV studio runners, radio producers, leading to future progression to higher profile roles such as scriptwriting, executive producing, and presenting.

Our students who choose to continue their studies at university generally choose higher education courses such as broadcast journalism, film production, TV and radio production, screenwriting, digital media, and media production.

What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

Careers in the industry could include:

Desktop Publishing Assistant - Works as part of a team designing and producing collateral. Prepares and proofs copy for online and offline, internal and external marketing and communication materials.

Technical Illustrator Use illustration to visually communicate information of a technical nature.

Junior Graphic Designer - Working on print based materials, presentations, art work and graphics. Work will include liaising with printers and taking projects from briefs to completion.

Junior Product Designer Produce technical drawings, prototypes and samples, developing these further to create a final product.

Assistant Copywriter Prepare and proof copy for online and offline, internal and external marketing communication materials.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Programme: Skills for Life & Work

No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.

These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND).

Entry Level Programme: Skills & Employability

English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3

 

GCSE Re-sit Study Programme

You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & maths assessment.

 

Vocational Level 1 Programme

English & maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.

 

Vocational Level 2 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including maths and English or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both maths and English. English & maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.

 

Vocational Level 3 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including maths and English) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both maths and English

How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

To register your interest - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/

To apply for a vacancy - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/

 

 

 

Cost

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
  • If you're 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C/1-4; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualifications.    
  • If you are 19 and over, undertaking an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course you may be exempt from paying tuition and exam fees if you receive an active benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance) and are seeking work.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
  • Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Cost (Apprenticeship)

Contribution Rules          

  • 16-18 Where the employer has under 50 employees and they are not a levy paying employer the learner is fully funded by the government, this rule also applies to 19-24 year old who are Care Leavers or in possession of an Educational Healthcare Plan
  • 16-18 Where the employer has 50 or more employees and they are not a levy payer there will be a 10% charge with the government paying the remaining 90%. The 10% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 16-18 Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme
  • 19+ All employers that are not a levy payers there will be a 10% charge with the government paying the remaining 90%. The 10% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 19+ Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme

Incentives

  • 16-18 The employer will receive £1,000 incentive, 50% at 90 days following enrolment and 50% at 365 days following enrolment assuming the student is still employed and active on the Apprenticeship. The employer will need to invoice the college for this at that time and confirm their eligibility to make the claims at that point. This applies to Apprenticeship Frameworks only and not new Standards.
  • 19-24 Where an employer has an Apprentice under the age of 25 where their earnings are below £43,000 per year the employer does not have to pay National Insurance Contributions (NIC's). Correct at the time of publication, check the HMRC section on gov.uk website

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

 

Overview

Title: Media

Faculty: Digital Design and Media

Attendance Options: Full Time

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