Creative Digital Media

Year 1 – BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production

Year 2 – BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production

The intent of the creative media department

Through vocational learning, learners will experience how media is produced in industry and what skills and knowledge are required to be a successful media practitioner.

We provide learners with the opportunity to use industry standard equipment, such as a drone, gimbal operated cameras and a green screen multi-camera broadcast facility. The equipment allows our students to explore their creativity and realise that they can let their imagination run wild, while being productive too.

We regularly challenge our learners to come out of their comfort zone and explore new techniques and methods rather than stick with the tried and tested results so they can develop their skills and thrive in the world of media.

In sixth form, we prepare learners for the industry while engaging them with vocational contexts that drive their project-based learning.

Media is a subject that allows learners to engage in projects and produce their own ideas and we want our learners to enjoy themselves while doing so. We encourage mistakes, but equally we encourage reflection and responsibility for what went well and what could be improved and how.

As the world and technology is ever-changing, we adapt with it and embrace the new methods of producing media, while reminding learners of the potential dangers that come with them.

Units and assessment

Over the two years, students will complete a number of units equating to 1080 guided learning hours which is the equivalent of 3 A-Levels.

Students complete a range of assessments which are made up of internal and external units, which you can see below.

Year 1Year 2
Unit 1 – Media RepresentationsUnit 20 – Single Camera Production
Unit 4 – Pre-productionUnit 17 – News Production
Unit 10 – Film ProductionUnit 21 – Film Editing
Unit 15 – AdvertisingUnit 2 – Working in the Creative Media Industry
Unit 6 – Media CampaignsUnit 27 – Digital Photography
Unit 8 – Responding to a CommissionUnit 3 – Digital Media Skills
 Unit 5 – Specialist Subject Investigation

Opportunities for all creative media students

Our students have many opportunities to work with employers from the creative media industry and work on live projects, such as filming music events, sports matches, webcasts for Walsall FC, working with local radio stations and many more opportunities.

The media team always get involved with cross-curricular events within the school, producing issues-based short films and filming, live-mixing and photographing the music and performing arts shows.

Our student’s future is important to us and we have a particular focus on building strong showreels, portfolios, CV’s and career action plans.

Students who study media at Walsall Studio School go on to top performing universities and some students have joined apprenticeships with companies such as the BBC and Channel 4. 

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