UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology –…

Funding information: Free For Eligible 16-18 year olds and First Full L3 for 19-23 year olds. Adult Learner Loans available, course costs apply.
Duration: 2 years
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

We offer three pathway options for this qualification: MEDIA PRODUCTION, GAMES DESIGN and PHOTOGRAPHY. This MEDIA PRODUCTION pathway is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary within the sector to progress to degree level study or employment in the sector. This course is for students who have an interest in the media industry, especially film and television, and wish to explore, develop and test their creativity. This course is stimulating and demanding and you will acquire practical skills and theoretical knowledge that underpins the practice of media. The focus of this course is media production within the film and TV sectors and therefore you will learn to film both on location and in the studios we have here at Chesterfield College. Take a look at the video below from former media student, Jordan Lee as he describes how the course at Chesterfield College helped him to become a successful film maker. You can also check out his YouTube channel for lots of hints and tips.

Course Content

Topics may include:

  • Intro to media skills including camera, lighting, sound, editing, research, development of ideas and planning productions
  • Work experience for a live client, minimum of 30 hours
  • Theory and history of TV and film combine with Practical contexts of video production
  • Exploration of media contexts including TV, Film & VFX
  • VFX projects
  • Advanced media production skills with an emphasis on sound and video – here you investigate visual and audio production techniques
  • Interactive showpiece to develop your portfolio and showreel for progression
  • A final major project of your choice – here you can specialise with guidance from a tutor, creating a media product you really want to test

You will gain transferable skills you can take into employment, including collaboration, dependability, resilience, imagination and creativity.

Summary of Assignments for Year One

  • Skills and Development
  • Research and investigation
  • The Industry
  • Genre Investigation
  • Sound Design
  • Visual Effect experimentations
  • Building a Portfolio
  • Personal Project

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English and maths and preferably a creative course, or a relevant Level 2 qualification.

Assessment Methods

  • Practical assignments
  • portfolio work
  • coursework
  • homework
  • online learning


Upon successful completion of the course you can progress to a variety of other Level 3 courses, higher education courses, higher apprenticeships or junior level employment opportunities. Previous students have gone on to further study or look for jobs in: camerawork, visual effects, sound design, broadcasting, journalism, editing, directing, animation, and script writing.

Case Study

Image of Ben Ramsdale

Ben Ramsdale

Chesterfield College

Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production