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Creative Media - Level 2 (UAL Diploma)

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Course Code: FE0116-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Qualification: UAL Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology Level 2 Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

Whether you are interested in becoming a games designer, 3D modeller, web designer, photographer or filmmaker, this could be the first step towards an exciting career in the creative industries.

You will discover a wide range of technologies, with opportunities to realise your individual interests through a programme of projects, preparing you to move on to our Level 3 courses in Games Design, Filmmaking or Photography.

Learn different creative practices such as web design, image manipulation, photography, sound design, character design and animation.

Build your confidence through an engaging programme of creative media projects where you can also realise your individual interests using a range of media skills, techniques and processes. 

You will be supported to find work experience and build a strong portfolio to prepare you for further study at a higher level or employment.  

Our digital arts facilities are top-of-the-range and include two computer suites with Apple Mac computers using the latest professional creative software. We use broadcast video cameras, digital SLR cameras and industry standard animation software. The college also has Brighton’s cheapest art shop right here on campus.

Entry requirements

You should have at least three GCSEs grade 3 (D/E) or above, including English and maths.

Entry requirements

Course Units

  • Introduction to creative media methods and skills 
  • Introduction to production techniques
  • Understanding an audience in creative media production
  • Contextual research
  • Exploring audio production and technology
  • Exploring visual production and technology
  • Exploring interactive media production and technology
  • Personal project and presentation (final major project)

Why the MET?

This course gives you the opportunity to use industry standard software and hardware such as Sony NX5 cameras and Mac editing suites running Adobe Premier. 

Experts and filmmakers from organisations like the BBC talk to students as part of our guest speaker programme providing up-to-date knowledge of industry thinking and developments.  

You will develop a broad range of digital skills in line with industry expectations and work on real live projects commissioned by internal and external clients.  

You will have the opportunity to be nominated for the highly regarded annual UAL Origins Exhibition and take place in a spectacular end-of-year show which involves students from other creative media courses such as art, design, photography and games design.  

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus.  

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Facilities

  • Access to industry standard equipment, digital video camera kits and Mac software in our extensive editing suite
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value
Facilities

Work experience

Work experience can take a variety of forms such as work with an external company or on live projects, such as commissioned work from an internal or external client.  

Your tutors will help and support you to find work experience, however you may wish to use your own contacts to secure your placement.

Our level 2 creative media students have worked on a number of different activities including:

  • Software and website testing from a variety of local companies
  • Attending seminars from industry professionals explaining different routes into a range of industries e.g. games design
  • Working as a group on live broadcasts/events internal and external to the college including ‘Now is the future’ for AbilityNet (exploring how new technology can support individuals to overcome disability)
  • Previous students also worked on Kate Tempest’s concert at the Dome in Brighton as part of Brighton Festival.

Work experience or work related experience enables you to develop links with employers, and put all of your skills, knowledge and experience into practice. It provides excellent portfolio content where you can demonstrate how you have taken your learning and applied it in a real setting. This will ensure you have a professional portfolio and provides the extra engagement employers and universities want to see.

We encourage all of our students to take part in volunteering – this is great for your CV and demonstrates your willingness to give something back to your community. 

What's next?

The majority of level 2 students progress onto level 3 courses in games design, film or photography. 

This level 2 study programme provides a sound underpinning of practical and theoretical skills to build a portfolio to facilitate progression to the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology before progressing to university, employment or an apprenticeship.  

Future careers include: 

  • Editor 
  • Graphic Designer
  • Journalist
  • Researcher
  • Photographer
  • Social media executive or content creator
  • Digital marketing
  • Filmmaker
  • Animator

Additional costs

You may be required to purchase some basic art materials, sketchbooks or materials to present and display your work throughout the course, plus a note pad and pens. 

There may be some trips planned in the year which may incur incidental costs.

You may wish to purchase resources appropriate to the presentation of your work especially for the final major project and final show such as presentation materials, structures or props.

Additional costs
Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Programmer or software development professional

Typical Tasks:

  • Examines existing software and determines requirements for new/modified systems in the light of business needs.
  • Undertakes feasibility study to design software solutions.
  • Writes and codes individual programs according to specifications.
  • Develops user interfaces.
  • Tests and corrects software programs.
  • Writes code for specialist programming for computer games, (for example, artificial intelligence, 3D engine development).
  • Implements and evaluates the software.
  • Plans and maintains database structures.
  • Writes operational documentation and provides subsequent support and training for users.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 3.2% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £25,097

AVERAGE £42,842

POTENTIAL £66,222

Desired Skills:
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Science

Web design or development professional

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with internal/external client in order to define the requirements for the website.
  • Presents design options to the client.
  • Designs web pages including graphics, animation and functionality to maximise visual effectiveness and facilitate appropriate access.
  • Develops the website and applications.
  • Designs and develops web interfaces for relational database systems.
  • Establishes methods to ensure appropriate website security and recovery.
  • Writes and publishes content for the website.
  • Tests website interaction and performance prior to going .
  • Activates the website.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 4.4% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £16,107

AVERAGE £27,534

POTENTIAL £41,984

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Learning Strategies
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Graphic designer

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints.
  • Undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes.
  • Prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations.
  • Prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project.
  • Liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales.
  • Produces or oversees creation of the final product.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 3.6% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £18,077

AVERAGE £24,648

POTENTIAL £39,039

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics
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