Extended Diploma in Creative Media, Production & Technology (UAL Level 3)

What is the Course About?

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the media sector.

The course provides an opportunity for you to explore, develop and test your creativity within a qualification structure that is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.

University of the Arts London (UAL) qualifications are only available in colleges where courses are taught by a team of specialist staff who can help you to develop a broad range of skills and identify specialist focus in a range of options, including games design, animation, television, film, radio, and photography.

What will I study?

This course is made up of 11 mandatory and 2 formally graded units.

Year 1 –You will be introduced the principles of art, design and media theory, and the technical and practical skills required for media-related projects. You will explore and experiment in relation to media briefs to help you choose a specialism. There will also be the opportunity to take part in one-week of work experience within the creative media industry, gaining valuable experience and networking with leading Manx companies and specialists. You will finish the year with a self-identified final major project, the result of which will determine your final grade for the year.

Year 2 –You will be stretched and challenged as you extend your knowledge and experience of the disciplines within which you are working. For a week around November You will have the opportunity to go on an educational trip to London. The trip is a chance to visit/explore university options in and around the London area, visit the UCAS fair, along with galleries, museums, media studios, and current major exhibitions. You will prepare for degree level study or employment by becoming increasingly independent.

You will be fully supported by tutors when preparing applications to university or employment, with both interview guidance and by producing a portfolio. Working with subject specialist briefs throughout the year you will produce a final major project which will be exhibited at the end of year exhibition.

What are my progression and career options?

You could progress to university, after which there are many career options, which include working in: website design, video and film production, sound design and production, graphic design, photography, games design and animation.

This course is included in the UCAS tariff and attracts tariff points for each final grade: Pass 72, Merit 120 and Distinction 168. You should be advised that some university degree courses require students to have gained GCSEs at C or above in Maths and English, and you may be advised to complete these qualifications to ensure that you have the best possible chance to progress to higher education.

How will I be assessed?

The course is based on continual assessment approximately every six weeks and takes the form of an exhibition of the work completed during this period. At the end of the course, you will produce a final project which will demonstrate the skills and creativity in a chosen specialist discipline. Throughout the course you will also produce a portfolio of work for progression onto a higher education course/university or employment.

All units will be internally assessed and internally verified through your portfolio of evidence and are subject to UAL external quality assurance. The final unit will externally moderated against the assessment and grading criteria for that unit is graded pass, merit or distinction and determines the overall final grade for the qualification.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above (or grades 9-4), at least one of which should be in a Media or Art & Design subject, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification e.g. Art & Design (BTEC or UAL), with a Level 2 profile at merit and distinction grades.

  • Suitable evidence of your learning and achievement in the form of a portfolio of Digital Media, Art and Design, or Design Technology work, should be presented during your interview.