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Creative Media

Creative Media Production & Technology - Level 3


The course is for you if you are:

  • interested in a career in the creative media industries
  • seeking a place in higher education
  • keen to develop your practical and theoretical skills in Media Studies

The Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology is a practical, work-related course. The course introduces a range of creative media production skills, focusing primarily on moving image production. It is designed to help you develop the skills you need to start a career in the media production industries.

Your Study Programme will include the main course, a weekly tutorial, work experience placement/employability skills development and English and Maths as required (see below).

On completion of the first year of the course, you will achieve a UAL Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology. Students who complete the second year will achieve the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma & Technology.

The full Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A levels, which means when you have finished the course you can choose whether to get a job straight away or go into higher education.

You will study a range of theoretical and specialist practical units.

Year 1:
Unit 1 - Introduction to media processes and technical skills
Unit 2 - Introduction to design and research skills in creative media production
Unit 3 - Introduction to professional practice in creative media production
Unit 4 - Critical & contextual awareness
Unit 5 - Investigating audio production and technology
Unit 6 - Investigating visual production and technology
Unit 7 - Investigating interactive media production and technology
Unit 8 - Developing a creative media product

Year 2:
Unit 9 - Characteristics and contexts in media and communication
Unit 10 - Engaging with an audience in creative media production
Unit 11 - Preparing for progression in creative media production
Unit 12 - specialist study in creative media production Unit 13 - extended project in creative media production

Skills introduced include:

  • Pre-Production Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Film & Video Editing Techniques
  • Single Camera Techniques
  • Film & Television Studies
  • Television Studies
  • Factual Programme Production Techniques for Television
  • Music Video Production
  • Photography & Photographic Practise
  • Marketing & Public Relations
  • Communication Skills for Creative Media Production
  • Research Techniques
  • Critical Approaches to Creative Media Products

You will develop a show reel and portfolio of production work to help you gain employment in the future. You will also have opportunities to benefit from direct involvement in the media industry on trips and work experience through our in-house production company.

NB - It is recommended that students purchase a 1TB (or larger) portable hard drive prior to starting on the course. This will be used to store and transport footage shot for assignments throughout the duration of the course.

As part of your overall Study Programme, you will also be required to attend L1 Certificate/GCSE Maths classes if you have yet to achieve a GCSE Grade 4 in the subject.


You will need: Four GCSEs grade A*- C/9 - 4, including English Language and a subject relevant to your chosen area of study.

Students with full Level 2 vocational qualifications with an overall Merit/Distinction will be considered alongside 2 GCSEs grade A* - C/9 - 4 including GCSE English Language and a good reference.

You must be over 16 years of age.


Students performance is graded via a combination of practical and academic coursework and controlled assessments.


Year 1 Diploma learners are expected to progress to Year 2 of the course, to complete the full Extended Diploma.

Many learners choose to progress to Higher Education on completion of the course, while others enter employment in the creative and media industries.

Learners who completed this course went on to university to study media production in both generalised and specific industrial areas. Furthermore, many students progress directly into employment in the media production industries.

The media industry is one of the largest employers in the UK, and is continuing to grow. On the course, you will be introduced to various aspects of media production, preparing you for employment in a variety of areas including; location and studio-based TV & Video Production, Production Management, Advertising & Marketing, Photography, Motion Graphics, Music Video and Print Production.

To be accepted onto the course, applicants are required to have achieved a Grade 4 in English Language. NB - In certain circumstances (e.g. overseas applicants) applicant may be accepted without this if they demonstrate the necessary level of literacy in diagnostic testing completed during enrolment. In such cases, students will be required to study GCSE English as part of their Study Programme.


You will learn in dedicated classrooms using industry standard media production software. Additionally, you will be trained in a fully functioning, professionally equipped television studio and gallery, working with industry standard equipment and software, including high definition camera kits and a 4K TV Studio facility.

You will learn by completing projects that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

You will attend classes 3-4 days per week, and will also be expected to work on practical projects outside of scheduled class times.


If you will be aged 16 to 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your studies and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, your course will be free.

You may be eligible for financial help to support with books, travel, course materials and childcare costs – please click here for more information.

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