Portfolio development courses

What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject?

Watch a wide range of films and TV programmes. Regularly read the newspaper or news online, from a high quality source such as www.theguardian.com or www.bbc.co.uk. Try making films, publishing some journalism, making your own blog using your camera phone / laptop and free software. Useful text books include The Media Student’s Book- Branston and Stafford.

Where can this lead me?

Many of our students choose to go to study Media Production, Film and TV Studies, Sports and Media, Multimedia production, Journalism, and Marketing.

What are the enrichment opportunities as part of this subject?

There are trips including visits to TV studios and free film screenings.You will also have the opportunity to participate in community media projects. We have strong links with media professionals and we regularly invite them to work with participants.

What units/topics will be studied?

You will develop practical skills to enable you to produce your own media products as well as developing your creative skills. You will research and analyse media, look at careers in media industries,  produce videos, print products, photography and video editing. Participants will undertake production tasks from different areas, based on one of three Production Briefs you will be able to choose from three options

Is it for me ?

Yes for everyone, of all abilities. The vocational learning style is completely different from formal exams. Participants may research their topics and present results in a wide variety of ways.  You don’t have to work alone – group interaction can often play an important part, for example through teamwork but our aim is that you produce something for yourself.  

Participants will work towards units from the UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology, designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the media sector.  Held over 10 weeks of 3 hr evening sessions.

The Unit that requires participants, through a process of research, dialogue, reflection and evaluation, to identify and prepare for specific Higher Education or employment progression routes appropriate to their ambitions. It will give participants the opportunity to explore aspects of entrepreneurship and marketing and enable them to demonstrate the practical, intellectual and communication skills necessary for progression.

The short courses will provide students with opportunities to develop and utilise broad, transferable skills by encouraging an ethos of personal and professional development. These include: Initiative independent inquiry : Creative thinking : Reflective learning : Team-working : Self-management : Effective participation : Problem solving & Communication. Participants will be expected to develop their personal practice with 35 hrs of independent work. Portfolios would typically include personal reflective journals, workbooks, notebooks, blogs, research portfolios, written critiques, essays, presentations, moving image and digital recordings.