Level 1
Unit No:
Guided learning hours:
48 hours


Learners will develop the knowledge and skills to plan, develop and review an interactive media product.

Unit Learning Outcomes


Understand interactive media products.

  • Purpose: to present content to and engage an audience using a collection of assets, such as video and graphics, to provide an enhanced multi-sensory experience.
  • Uses: to present information, e.g. interactive slideshows, virtual tours, communicate with people, e.g. social networking, video conferencing, entertainment and leisure, e.g. computer games and movies, commerce, e.g. promotion of products and services, education, e.g. computer-aided learning, interactive assessments, develop skills, e.g. flight simulators.
  • Content: video clips, sound effects, music, animation, sequences and images, as well as text.
  • Types: linear products (presenting pages or screens to an audience in a pre-determined sequence, e.g. a slideshow or movie), interactive products (built in screen navigation and other features that allow users to interact with the product, e.g. computer games and simulations).
  • Features: ease of navigation, interactivity, appropriateness of content, game elements (i.e. light effects, characters), game play (i.e. scoring, levels, rules, controls), understand how these features are used to improve the user experience, for example, how sound effects are used in computer games, video clips are embedded in learning packages, or animations are used in information points.

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1

    Identify the purpose of interactive media products.

  • 1.2

    Identify how the features of interactive media can improve the user experience.


Be able to design an interactive media product in response to a design brief.

Learners must produce design documentation for either a linear or interactive product that includes:

  • Ideas/prototypes that clearly indicate the idea and what the multimedia products might look like.
  • Storyboard, containing a number of panels, to illustrate the layout, content (including interactive features) and structure of the product.
  • Timelines for any animations and movie clips, with synchronised audio.
  • Sources tables identifying ready-made digital assets, e.g. animation, graphics, music and sound effects, voice over, video clips (also include details of any ready-made assets).
  • Test plan to test functionality, usability etc. 

Assessment Criteria

  • 2.1

    Produce an outline design for an interactive media product.


Be able to develop and test an interactive media product.

AC 3.1:

  • Edit assets (text, images and other graphics, video clips, e.g. cut and join together, add effects, navigation, e.g. menus, hyperlinks (internal and external), interactive components, e.g. hot spots, buttons, menus, rollover images, colour schemes, fonts and styles, animations, such as cut-out (i.e. tweens), rotoscoping and skeletal, audio, including synchronisation of sound effects, music and voice over.

AC 3.2:

  • Use interactive media tools/techniques to: combine assets to create interactive media products, manage files and assets, e.g. resizing graphics and images, file size reduction, interactive components, including hotspots, buttons, rollover images, embed ready-made assets, format information, including text (e.g. font style, size, emboldened, bullets and colour), numbers, columns, images, and graphics, check content e.g. spell check, grammar check, print preview, proof read, store and retrieve files, e.g. create, name, open, save, save as.

Assessment Criteria

  • 3.1

    Collect and edit assets and content.

  • 3.2

    Use tools and techniques to develop an interactive media product.

  • 3.3

    Test the interactive media product.


Be able to review an interactive media product.

AC 4.1:

  • Test the interactive media product for functionality, quality and usability to assess effectiveness, content, presentation, interaction, usability, performance and purpose, make improvements and/or refinements in response to testing.

AC 4.2:

  • Review the finished interactive media product in relation to: fitness for purpose, audience/user requirements, functionality, user experience.
  • Learner should include reflections on how well they worked (strengths and areas for development), taking into account user feedback, own self-assessment, feedback from others (peers, tutors).
  • Suggested improvements to own work: more efficient or effective ways of working, develop own digital skills (graphics, animation, video, etc).

Assessment Criteria

  • 4.1

    Identify how the interactive media product meets requirements, making suggestions for further improvement.