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4 GCSEs at Grade D/3 or completion of a Level 1 course

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Full time

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1 academic year

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Key features and Benefits

  • Showcase your artistic talents in our Annual End of Year Show, the National Festival of Making and Embankment Galleries London
  • Benefit from our UAL School and College Network with University of the Arts, London
  • Learn from tutors who have industry experience working for BBC, ITV and Channel 4
  • Work with employers on live briefs to create promotional and corporate artwork that will nuture your freelance skills

This Level 2 UAL Diploma in Creative Media Production (Film and Photography) aims to provide a firm foundation in many areas of media production and postproduction but also encourages personal development and expression.

  • Overview

    This Level 2 UAL Diploma in Creative Media Production (Film and Photography) aims to provide a firm foundation in many areas of media production and postproduction but also encourages personal development and expression. In our experience, students enjoy UAL programmes because they can specialise in areas of learning linked with work and creative exploration that they are interested in. Students build their confidence because they are developing practical skills that will help them secure a job in the future.

  • What will I study?

    Creative Media Production (Film and Photography) is perfect for those who have aspirations for a career in film, television, radio or audio production and will allow you to progress onto a range of job roles including:

    Camera operating
    Broadcast journalism
    Writing television drama
    Being an animator
    Motion graphics designer
    Presenting live on air

    You will study four main areas including video, audio, photography and media theory. For example, how to plan and prepare a film shoot and how film and TV sound is packaged.

  • Entry Requirements

    4 GCSEs at Grade D/3 or completion of a Level 1 course.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Our UAL qualifications are not exam-based. The projects that students undertake form the basis of their results which are graded as Pass, Merit, or Distinction.

  • What can I do next?

    Learners can progress onto Creative Media Production (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma, after successfully completing the Level 2 qualification. 

  • Your Study Programme

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  • Career Options

    TV Or Film Director

    Directors have overall responsibility for the way films and television programmes are made. As a director, you would use your creativity, organisational skills and technical knowledge to manage the whole production process.

    If you are imaginative, and can lead others to work towards your creative vision, this job could be for you.

    To do this job, you'll need good planning and communication skills. You'll also need to be decisive and able to work to a budget.

    There are many ways into this job. You could start as a runner, or progress from camera or acting work. Employers will be more interested in your experience than formal qualifications.

    TV Or Film Assistant Director

    Assistant directors, known as ADs, support the director by organising and planning everything on set, leaving them free to concentrate on the creative angle.

    You will need to be well organised, a good motivator and able to think on your feet.

    Practical experience on set is essential to become an AD. You can gain this by starting out as a ‘runner’, for example, or by doing a film course that includes work placements.

    TV Or Film Camera Operator

    Camera operators record images for film, television, commercials and music videos. They set up equipment, plan shots and sort out technical and lighting issues.

    If you have good practical skills, can visualise shots and have a keen interest in the moving image and photography, this could be a great job for you.

    You would usually get into this type of work by becoming an assistant and learning your craft on the job. College courses can also be a good way to get some of the technical skills you'll need.

    TV Or Film Production Assistant

    As a production assistant, you would support the producer and be responsible for the administration and organisation involved in producing a film or TV programme. If you like working with people and organising things, and you want to work in film or TV, this job could be ideal for you.

    You’ll need to be organised and have excellent attention to detail. Being able to take the initiative and think creatively will help you to solve problems throughout the production process.

    You could get into this job with a degree. Alternatively, experience is highly valued by employers, and you could move into this career without a degree if you have a background in jobs like advertising, TV or office management.

    TV Or Film Sound Technician

    As a sound technician in film or TV you would be responsible for recording the voices and background noise on a TV or film shoot in a studio or on location. If you are interested in how sound technology works and would like a hands on practical role, this could be the career for you.

    To make sure that the sound team are working as effectively as possible you will need great communication skills in this job. You’ll also need to pay close attention to detail and be able to concentrate so that the right voices and sounds are picked up on your recordings.

    There is no set entry route to become a sound technician. Experience of sound recording and an understanding of audio technology and software is very highly valued by employers.

    TV Or Film Production Manager

    Production managers take care of the business, financial and recruitment side of film and television productions.

    The work includes planning schedules, organising resources, locations and equipment, and monitoring costs and budgets.

    If you’re well organised, have a good head for figures and would like a varied role in film and TV, this could be an ideal job for you.

    You would need a lot of experience to do this job. This could be gained from working as an assistant producer, TV floor manager or assistant director.

    TV Or Film Producer

    TV and film producers look after the business side of a production, leaving the director and crew to concentrate on the creative work.

    The job includes pitching new ideas for projects, securing funding and rights for books and screenplays, and managing budgets.

    To do this job, you will need to be well organised, good with figures and an excellent negotiator.

    To become a producer, you will need experience of working in the industry and a good network of contacts.

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99.7% Overall BTEC Pass Rate

Blackburn College Results August 2021