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Creative Media Production (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: MP001-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study mode: Full Time

This Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production aims to provide a firm foundation in many areas of media production and postproduction but also encourages personal development and expression. In our experience, students enjoy UAL programmes because they can specialise in areas of learning linked with work and creative exploration that they are interested in. Students build their confidence because they are developing practical skills that will help them secure a job in the future.

What will I study?

You may have a burning desire to work in film, television, radio or audio production, progressing onto a range of job roles including:

Camera operating
Broadcast journalism
Writing television drama
Being an animator
Motion graphics designer
Presenting live on air

On the Level 2 study programme you will study four main areas including video, audio, photography and media theory. For example, how to plan and prepare a film shoot, and how film and TV sound is packaged.

On the Level 3 Extended Diploma you will be provided with a practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a key theoretical background. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 traditional A Levels.

You will be assessed by project work and a portfolio of evidence.

Entry Requirements:
4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language or completion of Level 2 course.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language or completion of Level 2 course.

How will I be assessed?

Our UAL qualifications are not exam-based. The projects that students undertake form the basis of their results which are graded as Pass, Merit, or Distinction.

What can I do next?

This qualification is mapped to the Pre-Degree Foundation (Media pathway) course at Blackburn College and then onwards to a range of Mediarelated Degree courses either at the University Centre at Blackburn College (which is certified by Lancaster University) or at other prestigious universities in the UK.

Learners can also progress to Media related degree courses at the University Centre at Blackburn College, or to a whole range of other  related degree courses at leading institutions in the United Kingdom. Some learners also progress directly to employment within the creative industries.

The Media related degree courses available at University Centre at Blackburn College include:

  • Fine Art (Integrated Media) BA (Hons)
  • Illustration and Animation BA (Hons)
  • Photographic Media Foundation Degree FdA

These courses are all validated by UK Top 10 Lancaster University. 

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Career Options

TV Or Film Assistant Director

Assistant directors, known as ADs, support the director by organising and planning everything on set, leaving them free to concentrate on the creative angle.

You will need to be well organised, a good motivator and able to think on your feet.

Practical experience on set is essential to become an AD. You can gain this by starting out as a ‘runner’, for example, or by doing a film course that includes work placements.

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TV Or Film Director

Directors have overall responsibility for the way films and television programmes are made. As a director, you would use your creativity, organisational skills and technical knowledge to manage the whole production process.

If you are imaginative, and can lead others to work towards your creative vision, this job could be for you.

To do this job, you'll need good planning and communication skills. You'll also need to be decisive and able to work to a budget.

There are many ways into this job. You could start as a runner, or progress from camera or acting work. Employers will be more interested in your experience than formal qualifications.

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TV Or Film Camera Operator

Camera operators record images for film, television, commercials and music videos. They set up equipment, plan shots and sort out technical and lighting issues.

If you have good practical skills, can visualise shots and have a keen interest in the moving image and photography, this could be a great job for you.

You would usually get into this type of work by becoming an assistant and learning your craft on the job. College courses can also be a good way to get some of the technical skills you'll need.

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TV Or Film Producer

TV and film producers look after the business side of a production, leaving the director and crew to concentrate on the creative work.

The job includes pitching new ideas for projects, securing funding and rights for books and screenplays, and managing budgets.

To do this job, you will need to be well organised, good with figures and an excellent negotiator.

To become a producer, you will need experience of working in the industry and a good network of contacts.?

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TV Or Film Production Assistant

As a production assistant, you would support the producer and be responsible for the administration and organisation involved in producing a film or TV programme. If you like working with people and organising things, and you want to work in film or TV, this job could be ideal for you.

You’ll need to be organised and have excellent attention to detail. Being able to take the initiative and think creatively will help you to solve problems throughout the production process.

You could get into this job with a degree. Alternatively, experience is highly valued by employers, and you could move into this career without a degree if you have a background in jobs like advertising, TV or office management.

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Animators bring drawings or computer generated characters to life on screen. If you want to use your imagination, and have creative skills like drawing or modelling, this job could be perfect for you.

To create an image that communicates with your audience, you’ll need patience and the ability to concentrate so that your work is accurate and has detail. You’ll also need good computer skills.

Artistic talent is highly valued within the animation industry and you can still become an animator based on self-taught skills and experience. It's becoming more common for new animators to begin their careers by taking an animation or art-related course to develop their skills before looking for work.?

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TV Presenter

As a runner in the film and TV industry, you would work behind the scenes and do any small jobs and basic tasks necessary to help the production run smoothly. If you want to take a first step into a media career, and you are willing to turn your hand to any task that needs doing, this job could be ideal for you.

You’ll need to have the communication skills to develop good working relationships with people at all levels working on the production. Being organised and managing your time well will help you to think on your feet and use your own initiative when you need to.

There is no set entry route into this job. Employers are likely to be more interested in your enthusiasm and attitude than your qualifications. You may need to get experience by volunteering or by getting a work placement before you find paid work.


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Broadcast Journalist

As a broadcast journalist you would research and present news stories and factual programmes for television, radio and the internet. If you have an enquiring mind and enjoy working with people then this could be the job for you.

Excellent communication skills are something you would need in this job. You’ll also need to be a good researcher and know where to find reliable sources of information.

You would usually need a degree to get into broadcast journalism. You could also move into this job from print journalism.

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Radio Broadcast Assistant

Radio broadcast assistants carry out administration tasks to make sure that live and recorded radio programmes run smoothly. If you love music or current affairs and have great organisational skills, this could be the ideal job for you.

You will be using your communication skills to deal with the public and radio show guests. You’ll also need to meet recording deadlines, so you will have to be flexible and use your initiative.

There are no set qualifications for becoming a radio broadcast assistant, although many assistants have a degree qualification.

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Graphic Designer

Graphic designers use lettering and images to communicate information and ideas. This could be for all kinds of purposes from advertisements to product packaging. If you have lots of creative ideas this career could be perfect for you.

To become a graphic designer, you will need to have IT and drawing skills. You'll need to be able to find practical solutions to problems. You'll also need excellent communication skills.

Most professional graphic designers have a foundation degree, HND or degree in graphic design or other art and design-based subject.

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You will study in our brand new £7 million state-of-the-art Futures Centre and £18.3 million Beacon Centre, you will have access to high spec post-production video editing facilities and a range of industry standard portable equipment for location filming, as well as a real life TV Studio, Radio Station, Replica Cinema, apple mac suites and HD Television and recording studio.

Enrichment & Employability

As well as being taught by highly dedicated and award winning staff, our students also have the opportunity to produce programmes and documentaries for television for a range of prestigious clients such as The Saatchi Gallery, Channel Four, the Tate Gallery Liverpool, MTV, NME, BBC Television and The Cornerhouse Manchester, giving our students real life work experience and an insight into the media industry. In addition to this, students regularly have the opportunity to film high profile performers in our TV Studio, reflecting industry practices, and benefit from regular visiting lecturerers from the Chelsea School of Art and The Saatchi Gallery.