This 2-year Extended Diploma course is largely practical and gives you not only a broad range of skills and experiences but also provides a professional environment where your portfolio of work and skills can be expanded to industry standards.
The course runs as a Media Production Company, NCM with four main elements as well as additional client based projects. The four main elements are: a television station, that is broadcast from the NCM PM-TV Studio; A campus magazine produced termly based in NCM Production Offices; A Radio and Podcast Studio, that is recorded from NCMs PM-Pod Studio; A Film Production Company, NCM-Films, also based in NCM Production Offices.
There are opportunities to gather skills in Film, Television & Production; Graphic Design;
Video & Audio Production; Media Marketing; Journalism.
To become good at what you do, practice is essential so continuing project work outside of your timetabled hours is vital. You should plan to spend at least 6 hours, and up to 12 hours, per week of your own time on these projects to achieve the best possible outcome. You will work in multiple project groups with other students in a team and your weekly timetable will be approximately 14 hours. There will be workshops, lectures, demonstrations, to show you how to do things, as well as project group working.
This qualification has been designed to improve the skills needed for any career path and will enable you to demonstrate adaptability, independence, professionalism, team work, reliability, imagination and creative flair. As well as practical work, there will be an opportunity to do GCSE retakes if you need to.
You will need either 4 GCSE’s preferably including English Language (minimum Grade 4), a level 2 Diploma in Media or directly-related subject or produce a creative portfolio of audio/visual work with appropriate work experience. You will be required to attend an interview and are also required to provide a reference (from an employer or recent school/college report).
The qualification is worth 3 A levels and is full time. If you achieve high standards your final major project could be graded at level 4. Students do not have to sit external exams. Coursework is all internally assessed through a combination of interim and formal assessments at the end of each project.
Most students go on to study an undergraduate degree in Media Production or Lens Based Media and/or pursue employment in a range of areas including film, video and television production, animation, graphic design, photography and marketing.
A studio fee is payable at the start of the course of £100. This contributes towards some of the materials and equipment you will use, including towards shared group hard-drives and a USB memory stick for paperwork back-ups. This studio fee also goes towards subsidising up to 3 trips, with extra contribution.