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Creative Media (Journalism and Digital Publishing) Level 3 Diploma

Course Overview

If you have an interest in Media Communications with a passion for Journalism and Digital Publishing, then this course is for you. Throughout your time on the course, you will explore Digital, Print and Broadcast Journalism. In year one you will study the Diploma, potentially progressing onto the Extended Diploma in the second year. Are you a writer that enjoys creative, persuasive or investigative writing and reporting, and wish to pursue a career within in the world of Journalism and Media, then this course is for you. The course is assessed fully though coursework and portfolio and you will be challenged to work effectively both as an individual and as a member of a team. Lecturer observations will also form part of your assessment process. You will have the opportunity to formally apply for a local work placement with Reach plc, which publishes the Bath Chronicle, Western Gazette, Mid-Somerset newspaper series and the Somerset Live website.

What topics are covered?

  • Empathy, resilience, written communication and verbal communication
  • Print journalism – magazine and newspaper design/production
  • Podcasting
  • TV
  • Social Media
  • Creative Writing
  • Writing structure
  • Interview skills
  • Balanced reporting
  • Publishing design and digital skills

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 21 years.

What are the entry requirements?

  • The minimum entry requirements for this course is four GCSEs at C/4 or above including English Language, or a UAL/BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit level (with at least a Merit in all core units), or equivalent.
  • You must demonstrate the aptitude to further develop your written English.
  • Only applicants who can demonstrate talent and commitment to their subject and who prove they are capable of collaborating and communicating effectively both in person and in writing will be offered places.
  • Candidates will be asked to respond to a set brief and bring this work with them to the interview. You must successfully complete year 1 with a recommendation from your tutor to be offered a place on the second year of the Extended Diploma programme.

What qualifications will I gain?

UAL Level 3 Diploma (year 1) / Extended Diploma (year 2) in Creative Media Production and Technology.

Who is the awarding body?

University of the Arts London.

How will I be assessed?

  • Continuous assessment throughout course.
  • Portfolio, observation and evidence based assessment- no examinations.
  • The final unit in year one will be assessed, externally moderated and graded to inform and further support progression into year two. You will be able to achieve Fail/Referral/Pass/Merit/Distinction.
  • Assessment criteria in year two will be designed to generate ‘evidence’ that will support the development of a strong portfolio critical to accessing media related programmes in higher education and facilitating opportunities for employment.
  • The final grade for the Extended Diploma again will be determined by the outcomes of the final unit, where students will be able to achieve Fail/Referral/Pass/Merit/Distinction. Internal assessment decisions will be verified via external moderation and a final grade will be confirmed

What can I do after this course?

  • Progress on to undergraduate courses in media production, print or broadcast journalism, web design, photography, digital design or careers in a variety of industries that involve elements of TV and radio production, publishing and interactive media.
  • The Extended Diploma programme has also been developed to support recent changes to the UCAS application system. Unit 11: Preparation for Progression provides you with opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge you need to successfully complete your application and prepare for interviews or alternatively this unit can be used to support a work-based approach for students wishing to progress directly into employment.
  • Bath College also offer a 2-year FdA in Creative Enterprise with an optional top up degree with the University of Gloucestershire

Are there any additional costs?

A company membership fee of £90 will be requested as a contribution towards trip costs and planned enrichment.

What funding is available?

If you are aged 19 or over you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your tuition fees.

For other funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

We have links and partnerships with local, subject specific, industry employers such as Future Publishing (an established print and online magazine publisher) and The Bath Chronicle. You will get the opportunity to access the support of our college marketing team for industry related advice and live project possibilities. Learners will have the opportunity to apply for work placements within publishing and media companies. In previous years this has included companies such as the Bath Chronicle where students worked on the creation of online video content, marketing and the production of written copy and/or visual design.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Creative Arts And Enterprise.

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.

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