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Level: Advanced (Level 3)

Why Study the Cambridge Foundation Diploma in Digital Media?

Film and TV are two of the world’s biggest industries. The Cambridge Foundation Diploma in Digital Media has been ddeveloped to meet the needs of the film, television and digital production industries in the U.K. Students will develop pprofessional techniques and approaches in both theoretical and technical skills. The course will enable students to develop and visualise ideas through the production cycle, from planning and scripting in pre-production through to filming, editing and post-production. 

Students will also learn how different media institutions operate to create products that will appeal to specific target audiences and how meaning is created through visual codes.

What can it lead to?

In terms of progression and employment, at the end of their course students will have a clear understanding of the variety of opportunities available to them and the roles and responsibilities of various media organisations within the sector.

Most students who complete the Cambridge Foundation Diploma in Digital Media will progress to university, where a wide range of media and film degree courses are on offer to students. Alternatively students can choose to directly enter the industry in roles such as runner, production assistant, assistant director or as an intern.

How is the course organised?

Awarding Body: OCR

This is a two year full time course which is made up of 4 mandatory units and 4 optional units:

Mandatory:

Unit 1: Media Products & Audiences

Unit 2: Pre-production and Planning

Unit 3: Create a Media Product

Unit 5: TV & Short Film Production

Some examples of the optional units are: Cinematography, Scripting For Media Products,

Visual & Special Effects, Plan & Deliver a Pitch For a Media Product.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through a combination of coursework and two exams. The two examined units are:

Unit 1: Media Products & Audiences (2 Hours)

Unit 2: Pre-production and Planning (2 Hours)

The examined units account for 33.3% of a student’s final mark

The remaining units are assessed through coursework and students achieve a final grade for the course. All qualifications are graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. At the conclusion of the qualification all grades are combined to achieve a final over all mark.

The completed Foundation Diploma has an A Level equivalent value of 1.5 A Levels or 3 AS Levels.

What do I need to qualify for this course?

Grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE Maths and English.

The course is assessed through a combination of coursework and two exams. The two examined units are:

Unit 1: Media Products & Audiences (2 Hours)

Unit 2: Pre-production and Planning (2 Hours)

The examined units account for 33.3% of a student’s final mark

The remaining units are assessed through coursework and students achieve a final grade for the course. All qualifications are graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. At the conclusion of the qualification all grades are combined to achieve a final over all mark.

The completed Foundation Diploma has an A Level equivalent value of 1.5 A Levels or 3 AS Levels.

Who are the teachers?

Mr M Johnson M.A.

Course Leader Cambridge Foundation Diploma in Digital Media

Mr. Johnson is a filmmaker who has written & directed a number of films and currently has several projects in development for film and TV. His work has been screened internationally and his interests include, European Horror Cinema and the films of directors Abel Ferrara, Sergio Leone, Michael Powell and Jean-Pierre Melville. Contact: mjh@stcharles.ac.uk

Mr M Bayliss

Teacher Cambridge Foundation Diploma in Digital Media

Mr Bayliss is a screenwriter who currently has scripts in development for a several major European producers, which are soon to go into production. Mr Bayliss has significant industry experience having worked at the Toronto International Film Festival and for a Canadian Production company.

Contact: mba@stcharles.ac.uk

Head of Media & Film Department: Mr A Jones. Contact ajo@stcharles.ac.uk

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