The course is a journey of experimentation, testing and reflection to help students decide on their chosen creative specialism. Areas that will be explored include photography, graphics, animation, motion graphics and games design. As well as transferable skills such as ideas generation, teamwork, reflective practice and contextual research.

This follows the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media Practice (2020 specification)

Fielden Campus
Full Time
1 year
January 2021
Jo Lowes Tutor Profile

Over 10 years teaching experience in a variety of creative specialisms including, creative media, animation, graphics, photography and contextual studies.

With a passion for multidisciplinary work and ideas generation as well as encouraging students to think outside their usual frame of refence and experiment in different areas while finding their own personal creative path.

BA Honors in Design & Art Direction and MA in Art as Environment which explores creative ways to react to our environment. I also teach on the HNC & HND in Animation and Motion Graphics at UCEN.

Alexandra Jackson Tutor Profile

A multi skilled creative with a passion for design and moving image and an eye for detail. Never happier then when unlocking the creative potential of the students in front of me.

During my ten years as a tutor in the creative media department at The Manchester College/UCEN I have worked across a variety of courses such as Graphic Design, Animation, Film and TV and New Media, teaching fundamental design skills, contextual studies and also assisting learners as they bridge the gap between academic and vocational practice.

Ideas Generation, visual communication, mark-making, character design and storytelling are pivotal to my teaching practice and I ensure I develop learning material that keeps my learners engaged, challenged and on point as they begin to make creative waves in the world of design and animation
To simplify the qualification, it has been designed around six fundamental skills areas which connect the objectives, teaching content and assessment criteria:

• one major project
•six assessment objectives
• six areas of teaching content
• six assessment criteria:

Self-directed practice Skills for applying professional behaviours within creative practice.
Communication Skills for communicating intentions through work with consideration for the audience.
Realisation Skills for realising work using media, materials, techniques and processes.
Evaluation Skills for using review of processes and practice to inform creative choices.
Experimentation Skills for engaging in processes of experimentation with concepts, media, materials and techniques.
Investigation Skills for using investigation processes that are applied through practical and theoretical approaches.
All the books required for the course are available from the library. However, you may choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop which is highly recommended. Estimated costs for a laptop/desktop are £300. A portable hard drive is also highly recommended with a minimum of 1TB storage. Estimated costs of a hard drive is £40.

Materials are provided online and assignments are submitted electronically. However, you might also wish to print other documents.

Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

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