Creative and Digital Media (Level 5)
Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology
In a nutshell
This two-year, Level 5 course trains you to become a digital media creative whilst also developing the required skills for delivering and distributing video content across platforms including business, government and the charity sector.
This course focuses on mastering the software and hardware you need in order to be an indispensable team member in this fast-growing field as well as developing your creative abilities and understanding.
The course will teach you how to create digital media content for broadcast media (e.g. BBC, ITV, Channel 4) and how to create and technically deliver content for streaming platforms – e.g Netflix and YouTube.
This programme is subject to approval. We will soon confirm the Level 5 qualification outcome for this programme.
- Learn how to produce content, create stories and put ideas together to develop digital and creative content
- Edit video, using industry standard software
- Develop immersive content
- Learn the skills necessary to develop a small business and run your affairs as a freelancer
All about the course
This course has been designed by media industry content developers and producers. Modules that make up the programme have been developed as new learning experiences bespoke to the course, which will give you a concentrated two-year experience to prepare you for employment or top-up study.
The structure below reflects a two year route. Modules may include:
In this module, you will gain an understanding of the rapidly changing world of entertainment and media marketing, learning how to integrate storytelling and marketing content across multiple media platforms. You will learn how to develop a core story crafted for a defined audience, as well as a narrative universe that can be flexibly franchised across multiple media platforms.
This module will accompany 'Video Shoot and Sound' by studying the process of video editing in parallel. The student will use their footage from 'Video Shoot and Sound' to help inform the video edit process. The beginning of the module will outline the fundamental processes of video editing, from a perspective of workflow and terminology rather than specific software training. This allows students to approach any video editing software with knowledge and understanding. The individual edit will develop the individual learners fundamental skills, where the group project will emulate project management and team processes as found in a small scale production business.
Principles of 3D Modelling and Animation
In this module, you familiarise yourself with three-dimensional software and production pipelines along with its application in different creative production contexts.
Video Shoot and Sound
In this module you will learn how to create a video including how to use a camera, how to light a scene, how to focus and how to record sound to a professional standard.
Video Creation and Edit for Social and Digital Media
This module brings the creating and editing skills you have been learning together, and gives you the opportunity to practise a complete shoot and edit to a professional standard.
This module will show you how to communicate with and nurture relationships with clients. This will include how to understand, articulate and interpret live briefs and projects and progress to delivering appropriately constructed and designed content to a deadline.
Immersive and Augmented Storytelling
This module introduces you to emergent technologies such as virtual and augmented reality and their
application in multiple design contexts such as entertainment, marketing, retail and education. This module focuses on storytelling, exploring the new creative and expressive affordances of immersive and augmented media for conveying stories through the web and immersive devices.
End-to-End Content Creation
On this module you will have the chance to take the creation of an advertising video through its entire journey. This brings together for you all the skills you have so far acquired in video conception and creation, from analysing the market and the audience, to creating and delivering the right video to the client, to distributing it
Planning and Pre-production
This module covers the basics of what you will need to do, as industry professionals, before a shoot in order to make sure it is properly put together. This covers topics from insurance, cast management and risk assessment to health, safety and budgeting.
Digital designers very rarely work alone. In the complex digital landscape we live today, designers and developers almost never work in isolation from other professionals. This module will provide you with the opportunity to work with students from other programmes in industry-led briefs, developing your understanding of project management and professional communication.
Final Major Project
This module takes you right out into the real world of production. It provides you with the opportunity to showcase your creative and digital media skills through engagement with, and delivery of, a live industry brief.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
The course will be a mix of six key elements: practical demonstration, hands-on skill training, realistic video and podcast project creation and delivery, individual work, industry projects and teamwork.
The course will be delivered by our academic team, supported substantially by established industry contacts, who will help to inform the content and direction of the curriculum and other learning and professional development opportunities.
It is anticipated that these external organisations will include all three of the commercial, pulbic sector and not for profit sectors.
Be part of a creative, supportive community
This course is delivered by the Salford School of Arts, Media, and Creative Technology. Our focus is to ensure that you have the skills you need to pursue your dreams, and we encourage our students, past and present, to collaborate with each other and achieve great things.
Whatever you choose to study with us, you’ll be mentored and supported by experts. And once you graduate, it won’t end there, you’ll join a thriving alumni network across Greater Manchester and beyond,
Located across England, Institutes of Technology (IoTs) are a national network of partnerships between local colleges, universities, and leading employers.
We are a proud partner in the Greater Manchester Institute of Technology. This means as a student on this course you will benefit from being part of the University of Salford community, with access to our facilities and support, and taught by our tutors. You will also be part of the GMIoT network, with access to additional events and activities.
What about after uni?
Graduates can go straight into industry, working for a wide range of employers in various roles.
A typical employer might be Channel 4, or one of the production companies that produce content for that channel. Alternatively, you might work for the marketing department of an e-commerce company, or for a sports team, or public sector body. You might also consider a role within the hundreds of advertising, marketing, and production agencies which serve the industry.
In the North there is a substantial and growing market which includes media companies such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Lime Pictures, as well as online companies like Rental Cars, The Hut Group, AO.com, Money Supermarket, Beauty Bay, AutoTrader, Missguided, BooHoo, and other organisations including Manchester United, Liverpool FC and Manchester City.
Graduates of the programme could also find roles in government, large organisations including the police, or major charities, who are all strongly represented in the region.
We have industry links with a range of media organisations, including Channel 4, ITV, BBC Sport and The Hut Group.
What you need to know
As an applicant for this course, you will:
be an enthusiast for digital media content, and curious about how it is created, measured and used to bring about success for broadcasters, production companies, sports teams, government and charities.
know who the major broadcasters are and what their video-on-demand sites (like iPlayer and ITV Player) do.
have a good working knowledge of social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok and any other social platforms people are using. You might also know something about big ecommerce sites like Amazon, MyProtein and PrettyLittleThing.
possibly have experimented with making videos or podcasts already and seen the potential of them.
be aware of TV shows and podcasts and already have a set of favourites you could discuss – thinking about what makes them good, which target audience they are focusing on, and what challenges might have been involved in producing them.
be curious to know about how to shoot and edit video, how to look at social media analytics, how to work out which channel to use, and how to create content that resonates with very different target audiences.
English Language at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent) is required. Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) is preferred but not essential.
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below
UCAS tariff points
BTEC Extended Diploma
Irish Leaving Certificate
For International students
English language requirements
If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5. We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.
We also accept a range of other English language qualifications
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home||2023/24||£8,500per year|
|Part-time||2023/24||The part time fee is calculated on a pro rata basis|
|Full-time home||2024/25||£8,500per year|
|Full-time international||2024/25||£15,720per year|
|Part-time||2024/25||The part time fee is calculated on a pro rata basis|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Scholarships for International Students
If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. Explore our international scholarships.
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