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Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
9.3 Media and Communication
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
QAAQ003963
Price:
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Age Range:
19+
QAA aim code:
40012669

Qualification Summary

The diploma allows learners to undertake study related to creative and digital media topics. Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes including a focus on Discovering Art, Design & Cultural Movements, Introduction to the Media and Visual Studies 2D with a range of optional units.

Many learners join degrees related to creative and digital media after following A level study, so the diploma will place the Access to HE learners on a level with those who have followed A level studies.

Ungraded units include units which will support access to higher education whilst supporting study and personal skills.


Why choose this qualification?

The diploma allows learners to undertake study related to creative and digital media topics. Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes including a focus on Discovering Art, Design & Cultural Movements, Introduction to the Media and Visual Studies 2D with a range of optional units.

Many learners join degrees related to creative and digital media after following A level study, so the diploma will place the Access to HE learners on a level with those who have followed A level studies.

Ungraded units include units which will support access to higher education whilst supporting study and personal skills.

Units

Mandatory Graded

Learners must achieve all units in this group

Digital Design Principles

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU031781
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Introduction to the Media

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU030593
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Visual Studies 2D

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025820
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Optional Units Research: Graded

Learners must achieve 6 credits from this group

Research and Creative Development for Media Studies

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU030597
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Research: Final Major Project for Media Studies

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU030595
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Optional Units: Graded

Learners must achieve 24 credits from this group

3D Design

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014861
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Developing a brand

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU016753
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Digital Art for Multimedia

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU031883
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Digital Marketing Communication

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU030600
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Digital Sound and Video Capture

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU029508
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Digital User Experience (DX) Project

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU031896
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Digital Video Production

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU030616
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Exploring Different Journalistic Genres

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026246
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Film Editing

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU030680
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Graphic Design

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU027881
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Media Studies: Textual Analysis

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU007953
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Media and Society

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026240
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Multimedia Practice

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026225
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Photography

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU030611
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Produce copy for digital media communication

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026353
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Reportage Photography Practice

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU029640
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Representation within the Media

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU030608
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Script Writing

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU030660
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Understanding Art, Design & Cultural Media Influences

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU031783
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Understanding Narrative

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014153
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Understanding digital marketing and research

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU016759
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Understanding social media advertising and promotion

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU016736
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Video Pre-Production

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU030678
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Website Design and Production

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026145
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Writing for Magazines

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026234
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Mandatory Units: Ungraded

Learners must achieve 9 credits from this group

Academic Writing Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025276
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Preparation for Higher Education

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025532
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Study Skills for Creative Arts

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025980
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Optional Units: Ungraded

Learners must achieve 6 credits from this group

Academic Reading Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018346
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Communication - Speaking and Listening

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007560
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Developing Professional Attributes

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025278
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Introduction to 3D

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU008279
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Introduction to Drawing & Painting

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU030575
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Presentation Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018352
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Presenting Information Using ICT

Level:
Level 2
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025450
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Professional Interpersonal Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025796
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Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU028487
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Study Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018318
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Writing reports

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026155
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Intended learner groups

a) Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to HE
b) Adults who have gone straight into industry (perhaps following apprenticeship routes) who wish to progress to HE.
c) To provide preparation for study in UK HEIs.


How this diploma meets learners' needs

The mandatory units include an introduction to Discovering Art, Design & Cultural Movements, Introduction to the Media and Visual Studies 2D. Optional units can be selected that will support progression onto the chosen degree programme and include a range of units within these areas. Learners will have the opportunity to research an aspect of one of these subjects which interests them.


What this diploma covers

The units include a balance of units which allow the learners to keep their options open until they have fully decided on their preferred route at degree level. The ungraded units have been chosen to support both progression into higher education and also to allow the learners to develop skills relevant to the subject area e.g., Academic Writing Skills and study skills for the creative arts.


Delivery methods

Face to face
Blended learning
Online learning

Work placements would also be beneficial to widen opportunities.

Throughout the diploma, learners should research the work of other artists/designers/specialists in the medium as a way of underpinning knowledge and to use as a means of developing own style.

Assessment methods include: Essays, projects, presentations, self-evaluation, sketchbooks, artefacts, portfolio of evidence, report, creation of scripts, articles, production diary, worksheets, promotional campaign


Successful completion criteria

Learners will probably require a pass in maths and English at GCSE level or a Functional Skills qualification in English and Maths to progress onto a degree course.

Progression routes

• BA (Hons) Animation
• BSc (Hons) Creative Computing
• BSc (Hons) Digital Television Technology
• BA (Hons) Digital Photography
• BA (Hons) Graphic Design
• BA (Hons) Motion Graphics
• BA (Hons) Digital Content Creation
• Illustration with Animation BA (Hons)
• Filmmaking BA (Hons)
• Photography, Video and Digital Imaging BA (Hons)


Provider approval criteria

Depending on the choice of unit, centres will require access to relevant software, hardware and technical equipment.


Funding information

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