Creative Arts and Digital Media

Foundation Fast Track in Creative Media

BTEC Diploma
Leaflet Code: L8391J


Overview

This course is a unique opportunity to join a fast-paced and dynamic course that runs for 34 consecutive weeks. The learner journey is through creative play and experimentation allowing you to have time to explore areas of interest while developing key multi-media design skills.

The course is a unique, multidisciplinary course that celebrates different ways of working. You are supported to not be afraid of creative risk taking and encouraged to try out different techniques, ways of thinking and to pursue your interest in specialist areas.

The first half of the course starting in January is the Exploration stage! You will take part in creative projects that replicate industry experience and real world practice. You will be given set themes but how you respond to the theme is up to you. Including:
• A TV or radio advertisement
• Artwork OR artefact for an exhibition
• Advertising or promotional or branding material
• Interactive product
• Motion graphics / VFX
• Commercial design/product

The second part of the course is the Confirmatory phase as it confirms your chosen specialism. This consists of your chosen final major project, final review and collation of evidence as well as an exhibition / presentation. You will create a proposal in agreement with your tutor and complete a final major project on a chosen subject specialism.

  • Fielden Campus
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • January 2022

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

32 UCAS tariff points

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

There 6 areas you are assessed on:
1. Investigation
2. Realisation
3. Experimentation
4. Communication
5. Evaluation and review
6. Self-directed practice

At the end of your time on the course you will present a portfolio of work. This will be your strongest work from each of your projects which meet the 6 different assessment areas giving you the best possible final mark. Plus, you will have a portfolio ready for future higher education progression or your career routes.

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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