Post 16 Film & Media Production
UAL Extended Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production
This is a 16 hour course consisting of 19 coursework units which is equivalent to three A-Levels. This course is strongly committed to providing students with the opportunity to explore and develop a wide range of skills in film, television and video production, radio and photography.
The course acts as a technical foundation so that by the end of their two year study, students will have a wide-ranging and sophisticated set of media skills that will enable them to specialise as they move into higher education or into one of the media industries. Alongside their practical work, students are introduced to aspects of theory that open up a new world of analytical experience for them. The variety of texts covered aims to broaden our students' experience of the world around them and help them develop an understanding of the main media industries.
What kind of student are we looking for?
The course concentrates on film, video and television – although there are also a small number of projects in radio and photography. We are looking for you to be able to demonstrate evidence of an enthusiasm and interest that you have developed in at least one of these subjects. You will be expected to bring a portfolio of work to the interview where you demonstrate this.
The course is studied for sixteen hours of lessons each week where students spend equal time on each of the units over the two years. Students study four or five units at once and most units are completed in two terms. In January of the first year we will have completed four units and be starting the next four.
During the course each student will build up an extensive portfolio of work for assessment. The coursework is completed in a variety of ways - mainly practical productions but also essays, oral and powerpoint presentations, written evaluations, blogs etc.
Vocational skills you will develop include:
- live television studio production
- video production of music videos and short films
- live radio news programme recording
- pre-recorded radio features
- digital photography
- film and moving image analysis
Facilities & Activities
Our equipment and facilities include:
- 3 Apple Mac editing suites running the full collection of Adobe Creative Cloud software
- A 3 camera TV studio and gallery including green screen capabilities
- A wide range of filming equipment such as HD digital video cameras, DSLRs, lighting and sound recorders.
- 2 broadcast standard radio production suites
- 35mm black and white film processing darkroom and digital photography suite
- 3 classrooms with video projection and DVD playback facilities
As a department we ensure opportunities to show the work of our students each year through exhibitions both at the school and off-site and screenings to other students, parents and friends. In July each year the department hosts The Obies at the BFI Southbank. This is the department’s video awards ceremony where student work from the previous year is shown and The Obies are awarded for the best work.
Every year our Post-16 students take a leading role in BRIT FM, the School's radio station. During the ten-day broadcast to Croydon and the surrounding area, students work in teams planning and broadcasting
their own shows to industry standards. This has provided a springboard for a number of former students who are now working successfully in radio broadcasting.
Many of our students go on to study degrees in the best media universities - Ravensbourne, Westminster, Middlesex and Bournemouth. Past students are now working in the radio, television, film and video industries.
How to Apply
Questions to be answered in
Section 7 of the application form
a) What experience outside of school do you have of shooting and editing video?
b) What other media-related work outside of school l are you involved in? For instance, you may be a keen photographer, or a script writer, or even make radio broadcasts.
c) What qualities do you think you would need to succeed on this course?
d) Choose one of the examples of student work below. Describe what is good about either the camerawork, OR the soundtrack OR the narrative & characters.