The BTEC Nationals in Creative Digital Media Production qualification provides a coherent introduction to the study of creative digital media world. Students develop an understanding of the media industry through analysing media representations and pitching and producing media projects. It is designed for post-16 learners who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the media industries.
The course of Study is made up of three mandatory units and one optional;
Unit 1: Media Representations (External Exam Unit)
Students will explore how different media representations are constructed by media producers to create meaning, messages and values. They will study a range of media from different sectors, such as music videos, short film extracts, animation, news programmes, websites, digital games and print adverts. It provides an introduction to fundamental media theory and analysis that is the basis for many progression routes at higher education level. This unit is assessed through an onscreen two hour examination set and marked by Pearson.
Unit 4: Pre-Production Portfolio
Students study the requirements of planning and delivering a digital media product, carrying out essential pre-production tasks and creating a pre-production portfolio. Students will gain an understanding of the requirements of the planning stage, from finance and logistics to regulations. They will develop the pre-production skills and experience needed to carry out your own tasks and to produce a digital media product. This unit is internally assessed.
Unit 8: Responding to a Commission
Students study the requirements of planning and delivering a digital media product, carrying out essential pre-production tasks and creating a pre-production portfolio. Students will learn how to respond to a commission brief with ideas based on the required content, style, audience, purpose and approach proposed by the client. This unit is assessed through a task set and marked by Pearson. Part A is pre-released and will give students a commission for a media production for which they will carry out research activities into the subject. Part B contains the supervised assessment task which will be completed under controlled conditions.
Unit 10: Film Production
This unit will focus on the process of producing a short narrative film or film extract that uses generic conventions. Students will investigate how conventions of narrative storytelling are used by filmmakers, looking at formats and generic conventions. They will then prepare for a film production by creating and bring together a range of elements camera, lighting, acting, direction and sound during the production phase, and successfully use post-production techniques to produce a final product. This unit is internally assessed.
The portfolio of evidence you produce will be assessed internally and verified by external moderators. This qualification is focused on the process and production of media products, meaning that it is important that you provide a wide range of evidence to showcase your skills.
58% of the qualification is externally assessed by an onscreen exam and set task.
42% is internally assessed by your subject teachers.
Future courses and possible careers
BTEC qualifications are well known and understood by universities, higher education institutions and employers across the country. The Extended Certificate has been designed with employers and higher education in mind.
For more information please visit the BTEC Creative Digital Media Production homepage: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/creative-digital-media-production-2016.html