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Media, Film and Game Design

Media and film

These courses has been specifically developed to enable learners to explore and develop skills that will enable them to become informed and creative practitioners capable of producing high-quality work across a range of media, including television, radio, journalism, animation, film, photography, design and digital media.

You will have access to the very best facilities including a fully equipped television studio, sound studios, four editing suites and post production software facilities. Students are able to book out production cameras, lights, floor monitors and sound equipment for location work.

You will attend seminars from visiting speakers from a variety of media industries, some of whom will be teaching you on specific units.  There are opportunities to undertake work for external clients and also to work on film sets to gain real and valuable knowledge of the creative production industry.

The staff team is made up of practising producers, directors, editors, radio broadcasters and photographers. The nature of the course content means students receive the very best advice and guidance on how to succeed in the media industries as part of their studies and on a continuous basis.

The course is recognised as being one of the highest achieving Level 3 diplomas in the area and boasts a 100% progression rate with learners averaging over 300 UCAS points.

Game design and visual effects (VFX)

This course combines the traditional arts of character animation, film making and story development with cutting edge fields such as 3D computer modeling and post production techniques.

It is hard to think of a recent blockbuster film that has not used extensive VFX in recent years. The merging of the video games and film industries is leading to an ‘if you can think it we can create it’ mentality that is demanding a new kind of creative.

The extended diploma in Game design and VFX is for creative people wanting to enter the games, post production or multimedia industries.  Traditional life drawing and character generation will underpin your studies as will working as part of a team.

The aim of the course is to produce creative individuals who have knowledge of the VFX and game industries as well as possessing team skills and creative thinking skills.

You will have access to the very best facilities including a fully equipped television studio, sound studios, four editing suites and a MAYA based 3D modelling suite.  You will use stop motion pro and after effects as well as motion capture and final cut software. Students are able to book out production cameras, lights and sound equipment for location work.

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Career opportunities

Media and Film

Typical jobs  

Video editor, camera operator, TV presenter, stage manager, radio broadcast assistant, TV production runner, audio – visual technician, editorial assistant, broadcast engineer, entertainment agent, screenwriter, media researcher, post-production, director.  

What you can earn

Some suggested annual salary ranges for those working in the industry include:

  • Video editor £25,000
  • Audio – visual technician £16,000
  • Editorial assistant £14,000
  • Radio broadcast assistant £13,000
  • Camera operators are often freelance and are usually paid a fee for each contract
  • Broadcast engineer £18,000  

Local notes

The recent opening of the bottle yard in Bristol now offers one of the largest production spaces outside of London at 300,000sq feet. Watershed - one of the most popular media venues in the south west, produces work that cuts across film, music, theatre, design, visual art, and the creative and technology sectors.  

Facts

  • There are an estimated 48,800 creative media companies in the UK which include advertising, television, radio, design and publishing
  • The UK entertainment and media industry is expected to grow by 3.7% per annum  
  • The average UK adult consumes seven hours of media per day - watching and listening to programmes, web browsing and using communication devices.

Data from Direct.gov.uk and UK Trade & Investment

Game Design and VFX

Typical jobs

Animator, effect artist, designer, illustrator, games animator, computer games developer, TV/film production assistant, TV/film producer.  

What you can earn

Some suggested annual salary ranges for those working in the industry include:

  • Starting salaries can be around £15,000 a year.
  • Games animator £18,000
  • Animator £20,000
  • Computer games developer £25,000
  • TV/film production assistant (freelance rates can vary widely, and may be negotiated based on the type of production and your track record)  

Local notes

A lot of location filming is undertaken in the south west and nearly 3,000 people are employed in the sub sectors of post production, studio and special effects. Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival is the UK’s longest running competitive short film and animation festival in the south west. It promotes the importance of developing the next generation of filmmakers and animators.  

Facts

  • The game design Industry in Britain is the third largest in the world generating £2billion in global sales contributing £1billion to GDP and employing over 10,000 people
  • VFX is playing a larger and larger part in TV from Doctor Who to Walking with Dinosaurs and Game of Thrones
  • 48% of games employers recruit direct from education (school, college, university)

Data from direct.gov.uk and Creative Skillset 

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