BTEC Media will give you the opportunity to study many aspects of the media and to apply this knowledge in creating media products. This course focuses on the practical elements of creating media texts.
What will I study?
The BTEC is made up of 2 units, one to develop research skills and the other where you will be required to create an original media production.
Unit 1 – Research Skills
In this unit, you will learn about the different ways of conducting research and how to gather, collate and present information. You will also be required to do specific research in the area of your chosen production eg if you want to make a film trailer, you will need to research film trailers.
Unit 2 – Creative Media Production
This is where you can let your imagination go wild! You have free choice to produce whatever media product you choose. Some examples might be: a music video; a film trailer; an advertising campaign or a magazine. You will develop the idea from scratch, from pitching the initial idea through to its completion. Everything you do will need to be original and the finished product will need to be as professional as possible. You will then evaluate your product and assess how successful it is.
What are the entry requirements?
Normal college entry requirements plus GCSE English grade C would be desirable.
What skills do I need?
- Good practical and technical skills
- Creativity and imagination
- An ability to work as an individual and as a team member
- Good written communication skills
- An interest in gaining practical media skills
How will I be taught?
Teaching methods in Media Studies are as varied as the content, consisting of individual interviews, small group work and whole class teaching and discussion. There will be tutorial sessions on all technical aspects of the course, such as using software and equipment. Staff will employ a range of techniques and materials and delivery will be engaging and varied.
How is the course assessed?
Assessment is all done through college set assignments; there is no external examination. A series of assignments will be set throughout the year which will cover all relevant areas. The grades available are Pass, Merit or Distinction and the course is roughly equivalent to 1 GCSE.
What will this course prepare me for
As well as giving you the research, analytical and creative skills required for a variety of different subjects, there is also the opportunity to progress to BTEC Level 3 courses in Media at college.
As a practical subject, there are demands to work outside of lesson time, whether it be filming or taking pictures outside of college or using free time and workshops in college to continue with practical work.
What materials will I need to purchase?
BTEC Media is for you if: you have an interest in both the theoretical and creative applications of Media concepts and practices. You have an interest in using media technologies, including Apple Macintosh computers and Adobe software; to complete the 100% assessed course work.