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Creative Media Production (Extended) Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This dynamic course covers a wide variety of subjects areas, broadening your experience and developing the skills you need to progress in the creative media industry. You will cover topics such as: animation, advertising, app design, film and television, games design, graphics, illustration, photography, sound, web design and 3D modelling and working with a range of software programmes, and buiding a portfolio of work in your own chosen pathway.


What Does The Programme Include

Love Media? See yourself being the next big film director, animator, 3D artist or web designer? Our programme on the level 3 Creative Media will provide you with an opportunity to begin your journey within the Creative Media industry.

You will study through a variety of workshops, projects and classroom based activities. You will develop a wide range of technical skills in, and knowledge of, audio, video, animation, graphics, concept art, and web based work. Other related topics will include narrative storytelling, contextual influences, understanding audiences, develop verbal, visual and written communication skills.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 4/​C or above, including English and maths and an arts or media based subject, or Merit in a relevant Level 2 Diploma. A portfolio of work is required when you enrol.

Need to re-sit? No problem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/​C in GCSE maths or English, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

Worried about your grades?

Whatever your results, we want to assure you that extenuating circumstances will be considered should you not have the grades indicated above. 

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective 6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

You will be assessed through a range of projects and develop portfolio of evidence which will be internally assessed. Units 1 to 7 in year one are marked as a Pass. Unit 8 is graded a pass, merit or distinction. The grade you achieve for unit 8 will determine your overall grade for year one. In year two units 9 to 12 are marked as a pass, unit 13 is graded a pass, merit or distinction. The grade you achieve for unit 13 will determine your overall grade for the full two years. Currently this course is not exam based. You can utilise your portfolio to take to University or job interviews to showcase your abilities.

Additional Information

You will require a 2GB SD card and at least a 250GB external portable hard drive. These can be purchased for approximately £65.

Potential Future Career

Progress to creative degrees at university. You could also enter employment in areas such as: film and TV production, visual effects, animation, graphics, games, photography, illustration and many more

Course Content

You will study the following units: Year one

  • Unit 1 Introduction to media processes and technical skills
  • Unit 2 Introduction to design and research skills in creative media production
  • Unit 3 Introduction to professional practice in creative media production
  • Unit 4 Critical and contextual awareness in creative media production
  • Unit 5 Investigating audio production and technology
  • Unit 6 Investigating visual production and technology
  • Unit 7 Investigating interactive production and technology
  • Unit 8 Developing a creative media Production project

Year Two

  • Unit 9 Characteristics and contexts in creative media production
  • Unit 10 Engaging with an audience in creative media production
  • Unit 11 Preparing for progression in creative media production
  • Unit 12 Specialist study in creative media production
  • Unit 13 Extended project in creative media production


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I now work as a Design Assistant for a local design agency and have also secured a place to study at university. I’ve discovered my passion for graphic design, which has opened many doors for me.

Rosie Sheppard



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