The diploma allows learners to undertake study related to creative industries. Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes. The mandatory unit is an introduction to the creative media industry to allow learners to have a good understanding of what the sector covers. Learners will have the opportunity to select a range of optional units which will allow them some breadth to their interests.
Many learners join degrees related to creative industries 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 Gateway Qualifications for this qualification?
Gateway Qualifications offers a range of innovative, flexible and dynamic vocational qualifications that are valued and meaningful and which will develop the skills necessary to gain employment or to progress through further study.
Students must achieve all credits from this group.
The Creative Media Industry
Learners must complete 36 credits from this group.
Costume Design: Development
Developing Contemporary Dance Techniques
Digital Sound and Video Capture
Exploring Different Journalistic Genres
Graphics and Animation
Interpret Designs for Sets and Props
Introduction to News Journalism
Local News Journalism
Music Performance Skills
Operating Lighting for a Live Performance
Performing Arts in the Community
Produce copy for digital media communication
Remixing and Reworking Music
Self Promotion and Contracts
Sound Effect Techniques
Source Costumes, Materials and Equipment for a Performance
Studio Recording Techniques
The Design Process
Using Context to Adapt Performance
Visual Studies 2D
Writing for Magazines
Learners must complete 9 credits from this group
Academic Reading Skills
Academic Writing Skills
Craft Tools, Equipment, Materials and Techniques
Developing Professional Attributes
Introduction to 3D
Mathematics - Calculations
Presenting Information Using ICT
Professional Interpersonal Skills
Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience
References and Reliability of Sources
Speaking and Listening Skills
Intended learner groupsa) 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 Diploma will provide them with underpinning skills to support academic study and provide a level 3 qualification linked to their proposed HE study. A broad range of knowledge will be acquired which support an understanding of creative industries’ topics including practical, creativity-based units, technical units and those linked to different aspects of media, this will ensure that the learner is fully prepared for progression onto the relevant degrees.
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.
Face to face
Work placements would also be beneficial to widen opportunities.
Throughout the diploma, learners should research the work of other artists/ /specialists in the medium as a way of underpinning knowledge and to use as a means of developing own style.
Essays, projects, presentations, self-evaluation, sketchbooks, artefacts, portfolio of evidence, report, creation of scripts, articles, production diary, worksheets, promotional campaign, recording campaign
Successful completion criteriaLearners 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) Acting
• BA (Hons) Dance and Professional Practice
• BA (Hons) Film and Television Production
• BA (Hons) Media Performance for Film, TV and Theatre
• BA (Hons) Music Technology
• Filmmaking BA (Hons)
• Photography, Video and Digital Imaging BA (Hons)
• BA (Hons) Business of the Creative Industries
• BA (Hons) Journalism and Media Production
Provider approval criteriaDepending on the choice of unit, centres will require access to relevant software, hardware and technical equipment as well as facilities for productions of films and performance.
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