Interactive Media and Games Level 3

The Interactive Media and Games Level 3 course is for learners who wish to develop their skills in animation, computer games design, audio, visual design and social marketing with a view to entering employment in this growing industry.

This study programme is designed to equip students with the practical, organisational and analytical skills to make professional quality media products and develop skills in digital graphics and computer games. You also will improve your English and Maths skills and will learn how to plan, implement and evaluate your project work based on industry style briefs. You will be supported in improving your job prospects in the Media Industry, whether that is via a UCAS application to a degree course or applying for work.

What Will I Learn?

Over the course of the two years you will develop your theoretical and practical skills in audio/visual techniques, brand marketing and the Creative Skills Industry. The underpinning skills in effective communication, teamwork, research, analysis, writing styles and organisation are developed as you produce coursework portfolios, digital submissions and seminar presentations.

Along with the media classes, you will study English and Maths which will make you more employable and improve the quality of your media work. GCSE resit classes and Functional Skills sessions may be part of your timetable depending on your own specific needs. You will also attend group tutorials and 1-1 tutorials to support your study as well as enrichment activities such as playing a variety of games consoles, meeting guest lecturers from the industry and making visits to local companies.

Course Content

Year 1

  • Pre-production techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Communication skills for Creative Media Production
  • Research Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Understanding the Creative Media Sector
  • Digital Graphics for Interactive Media
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Sound in Interactive Media
  • Motion Graphics and Compositing Video
  • Drawing Concept Art for Computer Games
  • Computer Game Design

Year 2

  • Creative Media Production Management Project
  • Working to a Brief in the Creative Media Industries
  • Critical Approaches to Creative Media Products
  • Computer Game Platforms and Technologies
  • Designing Idents for Television
  • Graphic Narrative Production
  • 3D Animation
  • 3D Environments
  • Computer Game Engines
Facilities/Equipment

The course has a wide range of equipment including the Creative Media Suite including a projection room, a PC suite, a Mac suite and seven editing rooms equipped with Mac computers running Adobe Creative Suite and modelling software. We have an extensive resource of camera, sound and lighting equipment. The Colchester campus also includes a well-equipped television studio with green-screen facility and a soundproof audio studio with technical support available.

Entry Requirements

Normally 5 GCSEs (grades A*-C/9-4), including English and Maths, or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 2 qualification (Merit/Distinction), and an interview.

What Can I Do Next?

There is a growing range of careers in the interactive media sector including work within film and television production, advertising, computer games design, landscape and architecture virtualisation, web design, Social Media and Digital marketing. Depending on your age when you start, you will either study a two year extended diploma or a one year diploma before progressing to the second year. Some students who want a top up year after A levels can apply for only the one year course. After two years, over 50% of our Media students apply through UCAS to a degree course where they can specialise in different areas of the Creative Industries.

Interactive Media and Games Level 3
LevelLevel 3
LocationColchester
Braintree
DurationTwo years: Year 1: 90 Credit Diploma | Year 2: Extended Diploma | 2 Years: Extended Diploma
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Institute
The College at Braintree
Start DateSeptember 2019
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £7,395 (This fee covers the full two-year course)

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