Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020

Fees and Finance

16-18 Free
19-24 £3,345 p/ year
24+ £3,345 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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This course equips you for a career in a range of exciting creative industries. The programme is divided into three parts: the exploratory stage is delivered by practical workshops and short intense projects; the pathway stage gives room for more personal development within longer projects; and the confirmatory stage enables you to focus on one major project which you'll decide and plan with your course tutors. Skills for Life subjects mathematics and English are embedded within the course programme, and are structured so that they assist the student's development and professional arts practice.

Aims of the course

To provide a stimulating and supportive environment for students to explore, develop and test their creativity, enabling them to progress in education or work within the creative industries.

Unit Breakdown

  • Research methods
  • Ideas development
  • Materials and methods
  • Evaluation and reflection
  • Integrated research ideas and methods
  • Preparation for progression
  • Project proposal and realisation

Assessment Method

Assessment throughout the course will be formative to support and encourage learning and provide an opportunity for feedback. Only the final unit will be graded to allow students the best opportunity to achieve. The final unit requires students to research, organise, plan, produce and present a personal project and the overall grade for the qualification is determined by the student's achievement in the final unit

Progression Opportunities

Course equips students to progress to Higher Education, onto a degree programme.

Career Options

Production Assistant, Graphic Designer, Editor, Animator, Filmmaker, VFX Editor, Concept Artist, Storyboard Artist

What can I earn in the media industry? When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. As a trained media professional you'll be starting on a career path with loads of opportunity for progression ? and a good salary in your sights.

For example:

  • Graphic designers start on around £21,000 a year and can earn £28,000 with 3-5 years' experience
  • Filmmakers start on around £25,000 a year and can earn £41,000 with 3-5 years' experience
  • Audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators start on around £16,000 a year and can earn £25,000 with 3-5 years' experience

If you're interested in a career in the media industry, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Thanks to our excellent links with major broadcasters and TV and film production companies, our courses include valuable work experience opportunities, giving you a first-hand perspective on what it's like to work in this engaging industry. To find out more go to or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entry Requirements

  • 4 GCSEs A*-C / or 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs)
  • Relevant Level 2 qualification with Merit or above
  • Relevant industry experience to Level 2 or above


You will have access to dedicated Mac studios; other facilities include a motion capture suit, 3D printing and industry standard camera and lighting equipment. We also encourage students to work across disciplines with our Art Design and Fashion students to create exciting projects.

Process for Application

To apply please select your chosen start date and location above.

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