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Course - Mixed Media Pathway Access to Higher Education Level 3

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  • Entry requirements
    Who is this course for? For adults who do not have the standard entry qualifications to apply directly for degree courses. It is equivalent to doing A-levels, but in a single year. What do I need to get on the course? No qualifications are required, but you need to have good communication skills - written and oral - and show interest and enthusiasm for Media. You also need to be clearly committed to an intensive year of study.
  • Academic Title
    LOCN (London Region Open College Network) Access Certificate or credits. This qualification is recognised by all universities in the UK.
  • Course description
    What is this course about?
    This one year course prepares you for a wide range of different media degrees, including journalism, broadcast media such as radio and video, and photography, as well as public relations, events management, media marketing and mixed media degrees. The course introduces you to all the above practical media areas, as well as media theory topics, which encourage you to debate the key issues around the media, including ownership and control, the spread of popular mass culture and its effects, stereotyping and misrepresentation. You can go on to media degree courses or HND courses from the Access year.

    What will I study?
    The course covers print journalism (producing features, reviews, news stories), photography (portraits, documentary, still life), video, page layout and design and talk radio. Also you will be taught study skills - how to write essays, how to plan a carry out a presentation and seminar, how to organise your study time - as well as media theory, covering issues such as black and avant garde cinema, realism, pornography as well as semiotic and psychoanalytical approaches to understanding of the media.

    What can I do after the course?

    You can go on to media degree courses or an HND.

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