About the course
A vocational programme which provides students with an introduction to the film and television. Basic aspects of video and audio production, animation techniques and understanding the creative media sector are all covered to give learners an understanding and foundation from which to plan their future careers. Students will work on several exciting projects which will incorporate all the skills they need in order to gain practical application and a realistic experience of the film and television industry. This gives learners real experience in the media industry to develop their skills ready for a Level 3 course.
Four GCSEs at Grades D or above, including maths or English at Grade D (3). Alternatively relevant evidence of work experience will be taken into account. Applicants must have an active interest in Media Production and will be asked to complete a project prior to starting the course. Completion of this project is part of the entry requirements.
For your interview please bring any filming projects you may have made. You will also be asked to complete a piece of work to be sent after your interview. Details on how to send this will be provided during your interview.
The College offers a range of Level 2 Diplomas. We will work with all students in their first six weeks at College to place them on the appropriate Diploma programme that best meets their individual needs and best ensures their success. After the successful completion of this course, you may be able to progress on to the Level 3 Media & Film Diploma, Level 3 TV, Radio and Digital Media or Level 3 Multimedia Journalism.
What you'll learn (core modules)
Students will learn about each stage of a film production while covering a range of topics from editing, camera, lighting, and audio techniques. Students will experiment with techniques and equipment ensuring they can achieve the best production level possible while also being taught how to analyse films from both a structural and visual point of view and research to ensure they understand audiences. Students will also be encouraged to regularly reflect and analyse their work to help develop their projects and build problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
They will showcase their process and coursework on their website which will be designed and developed to be used as a professional portfolio. Students will have access to high-end Apple Mac suites, high-definition cameras, and many other production resources while being taught by experienced tutors who will support students in independently developing their productions. This course also encourages students to work within groups while learning about the different roles and responsibilities of each crew member within a production.
Students will be expected to attend college three days a week including regular evening sessions for film screening nights and other aspects of the 'Season'. Students will also be required to undertake a level of work experience while completing the course to help give students the opportunity to make connections and learn more about the industry.
Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.
Where will the course take me?
The course provides an excellent starting point for those wishing to go forward and study on the Extended Diploma Level 3 in Media or Broadcast - subject to attendance and attitude. Students can progress eventually to gain entry to employment or go on to some of the country's most prestigious universities that specialise in Film Production, Television Production, 2D and 3D animation. Of the students who completed the level 3 course last year 79% went onto Higher Education while 21% secured employment.
Will I need any materials or equipment?
External Hard Drive (1 TB min), memory card - class 10 and headphones and a 9 Volt battery - approximate cost £200.
I'm interested. What should I do now?
Check out our website for examples of work produced by our students and upcoming events: www.digitalsaint.wsc.ac.uk, come along to one of our open events or pop an application in and we'll talk through everything with you during an interview.
Days & times
Starting September 2023