Media Production at Banbury and Bicester College is exciting, practical and industry focused. This is an ideal programme if you wish to learn more about media production and are interested in making and studying through a practical approach. You will develop skills in video, audio and photography whilst considering media areas such as film, television, journalism and radio. You will cover the foundation skills needed for developing, researching, making and evaluating a range of different types of media. You will also develop a portfolio that showcases your knowledge and skills.
You’ll be taught by industry trained, expert practitioners in specialist buildings housing a variety of professional facilities, including:
- an HD TV studio
- a cinema room
- multiple Mac suites
Each year, our students also have the opportunity to take part in our End of Year Festival to showcase their work. Take a look at our video of the 2019 show, “Arrival”.
Banbury and Bicester College is partnered with the University of the Arts London (UAL), a university solely focused on the creative arts. At the end of this two-year programme you will achieve a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology, which is equivalent to three A levels.
Working with the UAL allows us to offer our students a bespoke pre-university course, specialising in your area of interest. You can choose to keep your studies broad with the Creative Media Production and Technology route or specialise in Film and TV Production.
What you'll learn
Option 1: Creative Media Production and Technology Route
The Creative Media Production and Technology route will focus on you developing industry-standard production processes, as well as technical and creative skills. You will learn how to plan, film and edit a range of productions—this could include TV and radio adverts, music videos, film trailers, documentaries, short films, campaign videos etc.?
You’ll be introduced to a variety of pre-production, production and post-production skills and utilise our industry-standard filming and recording equipment. When you complete this programme, you’ll be prepared, confident and highly trained in Adobe Premiere, Adobe Audition and the use of professional equipment.
The programme consists of different units that focus on pre- and post-production techniques designed to prepare you for the creative media professional.
You will learn the following skills:
- Camera techniques
- Video editing techniques
- Sound recording
- Sound editing techniques
- Planning and research
- Interactive media
Option 2: TV and Film Production Route
This course is perfect if you want to pursue a career in TV or film production, producing a range of exciting content in all areas of the TV and film industry.
Our highly experienced tutors will give you an overview of the TV and film industries and build the skills you need to work confidently as part of those industries. This will involve study of professionally produced media products (films, TV shows, adverts, music videos, etc.) and you and your peers’ own audio/visual productions.
You’ll work on a series of individual and group assignments which may cover subjects such as:
- creative media production management
- understanding the television and film industries
- film and video editing techniques
- multi-camera techniques
- writing for television and video
- music video production
- advertisement production for television
- interview techniques for creative media production
- presentation techniques for broadcasting
Don’t worry if you haven’t chosen your preferred route yet. You will be able to discuss each of the different routes, and which one might best suit your career aspirations, as part of your application process.
How you'll learn and be assessed
You’ll explore, develop and test your creativity through stimulating and demanding practical exploration.
The course also incorporates relevant and exciting work-experience placements, designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge needed to progress into employment. Previous placements have included BBC Radio Oxford and ITV’s Endeavour.
To complete this course, you will be required to use a variety of skills working both in groups and individually.
The course is 100% coursework (there is no exam), featuring both written and practical assignments. This is internally assessed and externally moderated by UAL.
Most of our students progress to higher education programmes at either degree or HND level. Many choose to specialise in a particular field once they move on to university, having experienced a range of option as part of their programme.
Following university, examples of possible careers include:
- film making
- camera operation
- advertising executive
- public relations
- professional photographer
A minimum of four GCSEs at grades 4 or above (A*–C), including English and maths. Alternatively, a Level 2 Diploma in a media-based qualification at grade Merit or Distinction, plus English and maths GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above.
You will be required to bring along examples of any recent media-related work and to be prepared to discuss your interest in the subject. If you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider, please contact us to discuss your circumstances.
All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.