This Level 2 certificated course is a two term programme during which you will learn different aspects of the Media world with a thorough grounding in Filmmaking. The programme will prepare you for further study or for employment in the industry. Through realistic, industry related projects you will create digital films from first idea to finished product with a mixture of practical lessons and vocational projects that will give you the opportunity to develop your creative filmmaking skills.
Students will need Level 1 or equivalent in Maths and English along with intermediate Computer/IT Skills. Speaking and listening: participating in discussions, expressing yourself orally and respond to the views of others appropriately Reading: reading independently a variety of texts from different sources Writing: plan and draft writing, present information in a logical sequence, using paragraph where appropriate, while using format and structure for different purposes. The potential candidate should also have passion for the media world, specifically filmmaking and video production, be able to work independently and as part of a team and to give and receive criticism from others while working to deadlines. Some experience in video, photography or related course work is highly encouraged. You will need to have access to a camera with video capabilities to work independently outside of lesson time Entry onto the course is via an initial assessment and interview with portfolio or samples of your work. Please book an assessment via our Eventbrite page here
Over the duration of the course you will learn how to develop your own ideas into a practical media product such as a short fiction film, documentary or an advert. You will learn about telling your stories visually, including camera angles and movement, composition and light while being introduced to screenwriting and storyboarding. You will learn to work with high- end software to edit your work to a professional standard while learning skills such as marketing yourself using social media and/or starting out in self-employment. By the end of the course you will be equipped with creative, critical and technical skills needed to become a film maker alongside learning valuable employability skills. You will be expected to contribute to your learning and take part in professional style team working to develop industry standard skills. By the end of the course you will have transferable hard and soft skills applicable in any industry or as a route into the wider media industry. Unit titles: Preparation for employment in the creative and digital industries Using video Video software Using social media for promotion Research for creative media production Introduction to self-employment If you successfully complete the course you will receive a Level 2 certificate from OCN London.
Teaching and Learning Methods
Teaching and learning will combine illustrated lectures, delivered orally by the lecturer. Viewing clips/short films referencing a variety of filmmaking techniques, styles and aesthetics followed by group discussions. Desktop based workshops using computer platforms, following on-screen demonstrations. Working independently from printed handouts and online teaching resources. Group exercises and technical practice in the studio. Resources used within each lesson are available for learners on our online learning platform, iLearn. In addition to the work done in the classroom, you will be expected to work on your projects outside of class time. Learners will have access to the college library, which offers computers with the relevant software. You will be encouraged to attend local events such as film festivals and networking events to get yourself familiar with the real world of the media industry. Your tutor will refer you to relevant opportunities and resources through the course.
Your work will be formally assessed throughout the course at the end of each project brief. There are no exams. On successful completion of this course you will achieve a Level 2 Certificate from OCNLR (Open College Network London Region) in Skills for Professions in the Creative and Digital Industries
Next Steps and Progression
Once you have completed the course you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department. For Art and Design courses, once you have developed a portfolio of work you could consider applying to the Foundation Diploma in Art and design as a Pathway in to Higher Education. Studio courses are for those learners with some subject knowledge or who have been studying the same subject at the college for 3 full years. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.
For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or phone: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk
Additional Learning Support
Additional Learning Support (ALS) is available for this course. ALS is subject to an assessment with a trained member of staff and support may include one or more of the following: support in the classroom, out of class workshops such as English, ICT and maths and specialist support for dyslexia. Provision of assistive equipment is also available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments with our Disability Officer. Please let us know as soon as possible about your learning needs and/or disabilities so we can arrange support at the earliest opportunity. Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.
WM College is able to provide financial support for course fees, you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.