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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma - Creative Media Production (Broadcast)

The Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production takes students through a series of assignments in order to develop the production skills and knowledge required for a variety of job roles and opportunities in the broadcast film, television and radio industries.

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How is the course structured?

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production is a two-year full-time course designed to introduce
students to the different creative and production skills required in the radio, film and television industries. Typically students interested in this course will have a passion for radio, film and/or TV production, and the desire to learn more about the workings of this exciting industry.

Through the broadcast assignments you will develop the skills necessary to begin your career in the following sectors and job roles:

Film/TV/Radio Sectors:

- Commercial adverting production

- Fictional filmmaking production

- Factual filmmaking/documentary production 

- Music promo/video production 

- Unscripted multi-camera TV production (entertainment, game/panel shows, live events) 

- News production (Radio & TV)

- Marketing & promotional campaign design

- Post-production editing (Adobe, Davinci Resolve) 

- Live Radio Production

- Fictional Radio Production 

Film/TV/Radio Job Roles:

- Production Dept: Running, Assistant Directing/Floor Managing, Producing, Production Management, Directing 

- Camera Dept: Camera trainee, Camera assisting, Camera operating  

- Sound Dept: Sound trainee, boom operator, sound operator/recorder

- Post-Production: Post-production assistant, Video editor, Graphic Designer

- Radio Production: Producer, Presenter, Researcher 

- Marketing: Marketing assistant; Media Campaign Designer, Social Media Manager

The Broadcast Pathway immerses you into the world of film, TV and radio production. BOA is fully equipped
with a TV studio and Radio station, which students will use for a variety of live and pre-recorded broadcast
projects. Each student will have the opportunity to produce short dramas, documentary and news
programming, live broadcast radio, magazine and quiz shows as part of their curriculum.

The Broadcast course at BOA is proudly the only Level 3 provider in the Midlands that has received the ScreenSkills 'Select' accreditation. "It can be hard to find a college or university course which will give you the best possible start in the screen industries". So the Screenskills Select accreditation "signposts courses with the best links to industry, taking you that one step closer to your future career". 


Current units include:

- Pre-Production (production management)
- Media Representations - Exam (analysis of media messages)
- Single Camera Filming Techniques (short filmmaking / music video production)
- Multi-Camera Techniques (Live TV Studio production)
- Responding to a Commissioning Brief – Exam (preparing ideas towards a brief)
- Radio Production – Fiction (radio drama)
- Advertising Production for TV and Radio
- Factual Production (documentary filmmaking)
- Specialist Subject Investigation – Exam (research for the media industry)
- Media Campaigns (event marketing and promotions)
- Digital Media Skills – Exam (producing content towards a brief)

Students will have many opportunities to further their industry knowledge through extra-curricular film, tv and
radio broadcasts, collaborating with other artists at the academy. There will also be a programme of studies where students will focus on development of vital ‘soft’ skills such as team communication, project management, client facing presentation and leadership.        


How will I study?

With an emphasis on the practical development of production skills, the majority of student time will be spent
on producing media and everything which accompanies this. Supported by teacher-qualified staff who have
come from the film, TV and radio industries, students will learn from intensive vocational scenarios which
mirror employment expectations.

Units are delivered through a variety of project based assignments, which will allow you to both develop skills
and utilise these to produce creative practical work, working both individually and as part of a team. In all
instances, tasks are designed to be vocationally relevant, and replicate industry practices and real-world
applications. As part of the course requirements, students will work with both internal and external clients to
produce content that will be used for promotion and advertising.

The course is structured around continuous assessment consisting of internally assessed and externally
assessed units, which are marked by the exam board. Students will be expected to demonstrate a high level of
independent work throughout the course, as well as meeting all deadlines. Applicants should be comfortable
working in groups and under pressure. They should be creative and be comfortable working with technology
and software.

The Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production is designed primarily for those with an aptitude in digital media, and will prepare prospective students for progression into work and higher education.


Entry Requirements:

You must demonstrate a passion for filmmaking, tv and radio production and be eager to learn a wide variety of skills and disciplines associated with this exciting field. Practical experience is welcome. You will undertake an aptitude workshop to assess your suitability for this course.

Prospective students must demonstrate:

· Independence, imagination, motivation, positivity and creativity

· Commitment and the ability to work effectively as part of a team whilst following clear guidelines

· Potential in development of ideas and communication of their ideas

· Strong written and verbal communication skills alongside efficient organisational skills



Your experience on the Broadcast course will enable progression into one of three related routes: higher education film, tv and radio courses,  industry specific vocational training (film schools), as well as apprenticeships and straight into employment within the broadcast industries. 

The Broadcast course is worth up to the equivalent of 3x A*s at A-Level and is worth up to 168 UCAS points (D*D*D*). 

Furthermore, the skills developed here would be transferable into many other sectors. 


Apprenticeship/straight into work examples:

- BBC Production Apprenticeship

- BBC Broadcast Operator Apprenticeship

- SKY Broadcast Operator Apprenticeship

- Channel 4 Production Apprenticeship

- ITV Production Apprenticeship

- Warner Bros. Production Apprenticeship


Industry specific vocational training (film school examples):

- National Film & Television School - Production Management

- National Film & Television School - Assistant Directing/Floor Management

- National Film & Television School - Motion Graphic Design 

- London Met Film School 

- NYU Tisch 


Higher education examples:

- Falmouth University, 

- UWE,

- Leeds Arts,

- London College of Communication plus many more.