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Technical Pathway

TECHNICAL BROADCAST MEDIA SPECIALISM

Leading to a PEARSON BTEC LEVEL 3 Foundation/Extended Diploma in Creative Media Practice

or

TECHNICAL PRODUCTION SPECIALISM

Leading to a PEARSON BTEC LEVEL 3 Foundation/Extended Diploma in Production Arts Practice (Technical)

Interested in entertainment technology like lights, sound desks, cameras, computers, pyrotechnics, streaming decks, vision mixers, smoke machines, automation?

At BOA Stage and Screen Production we place significant emphasis on work-readiness, project based learning and industry collaboration. This means the Technical pathway at BOA Stage and Screen Production academy is much, much more than the BTEC course alone. 

Students at BOA Stage and Screen will undertake a sequence of live industry projects, choosing roles, attending relevant workshops and classes, executing their roles, and keeping a journal and e-portfolio as evidence.

The content of the journal and e-portfolio will then be assessed against the BTEC course and criteria relevant to their pathway and choices.

There will be a number of milestone choices that students will make during their programme that will further define their pathway and identify the specific BTEC course that will underpin it.


Students pursuing a Technical Pathway will choose to follow one of the following 2 BTEC courses:

  • TECHNICAL BROADCAST MEDIA SPECIALISM - Leading to a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation/Extended Diploma in Creative Media Practice.
  • TECHNICAL PRODUCTION SPECIALISM - Leading to a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation/Extended Diploma Production Arts Practice (Technical).

Students will achieve the Diploma (worth 1.5 A’levels) at the end of their first year of study. They will then have the option to ‘top-up’ their BTEC to an Extended Diploma (worth 3 A’levels) in their second year of study.

 

TECHNICAL BROADCAST MEDIA

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This pathway covers the following subject specialisms:

  • Moving image (film, television, video, animation and motion graphics)
  • Character and environment (Virtual, immersive, augmented, set design and construction, location, styling and art direction, props, costume and makeup for screen)
  • Experience (VR, UI/UX, web, app, online, mixed reality and augmented reality)
  • Sound (Radio, sound design, soundtrack, installation and sound effects)
  • Graphic and lens (Graphic design, publishing, illustration, concept art, photography

This pathway enables you to choose your own learning route. This could be in design, technical or management production roles or a combination of different roles from different areas. You are not required to study all the subject areas outlined above.

This course provides learning experiences through which you will develop a wide range of skills required within the digital media sector. Through practical exploration and real-life media and film projects, you will develop and hone specialist design, creative, technical and management skills required to work successfully in this industry.

HOW WILL I LEARN?

You will develop essential industry knowledge and skills through a number of exciting projects led by industry professionals and Academy teachers. You will collaborate across pathways at BOA Stage and Screen Production Academy and will work closely with our sister school, Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA). You will work with directors, performers and other members of the production team to produce live performances and film projects.

You will be assessed through practical work on a variety of production projects and will be required to carry out coursework as part of your programme of study. Coursework is set in a variety of different ways at BOA Stage and Screen Production Academy. For example, you may decide that developing a website is the best way to showcase your skills. Other options for assessment could include an e-portfolio, presentation, video log or podcast. There are no formal written exams on this course.

Over the duration of your studies you will build a multimedia portfolio and logbook that tracks all of your experiences, roles and projects, and evidences your outcomes. You will reflect on how successful you have been and ear-mark those experiences which have been most useful. At key milestones throughout the course your portfolio will be assessed by authorised assessors based at the academy.

HOW IS THE COURSE STRUCTURED?

Foundation Year (Year 1)

Exploring and Developing Creative Media Skills

When studying Module A in year 12, you will take part in a wide range of workshops and industry projects.

By completing these projects and workshops you will learn about:

  • Interpreting a brief, a set of constraints or creative challenges
  • Investigating and analysing information and existing work
  • Generating ideas
  • Developing concepts
  • Production stages and design iteration
  • Testing and feedback
  • Types of role and their associated practices
  • Project Management
  • Health and Safety
  • Communication of concepts and outcomes
  • Presentation to clients and audiences

 

 

Extended Year (Year 2)

Advanced Creative Practice

When studying module B in year 13, you will lead on developing your own professional media projects in response to set client briefs. By completing these projects, you will develop your:

  • Professional skills for personal progression
  • Professional skills for creative practice
  • Communication skills for progression
  • Communication skills for creative practice

WHAT CAN THIS LEAD TO?

We have chosen to deliver the BTEC level 3 Foundation/Extended Diploma in Creative Media Practice because the BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are widely recognised by industry and universities alike as the ideal vocational training route into technical stage and screen careers.

Students who graduate BOA Stage and Screen Production Academy with this qualification will be well equipped to pursue careers in film, television, video, sound, experience (VR, AR, 360), visual communication, digital media, marketing & promotion, live media events, and other technical media-related disciplines.

Following successful completion of their course students may choose to transition straight in to full time employment in entry-level specialist roles, or they may choose to secure a higher apprenticeship or even go on to university.

 

Direct to Employment

The content, structure and assessment of this qualification have been developed in consultation with teachers, employers, professional bodies and academics to ensure that the qualification supports progression to higher education and, should learners choose to enter employment directly, that it is appropriate and consistent with current practice.

 

University and Higher Apprenticeships

The Extended Diploma, equivalent to three A Levels, is a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in creative media areas before entering employment.

 

 

TECHNICAL PRODUCTION

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This pathway covers the following specialisms for film, television and theatre:

  • Set construction
  • Lighting design and operation
  • Sound design
  • Sound engineering
  • Stage management
  • Visual Effects

This pathway enables you to choose your own learning route. This could be in design, technical or management production roles or a combination of different roles from different areas. You are not required to study all the subject areas outlined above.

This course provides learning experiences through which you will develop a wide range of skills required within the production arts sector. Through practical exploration and real-life performance and film projects, you will develop and hone specialist design, creative, technical and management skills required to work successfully in this industry.

HOW WILL I LEARN?

You will develop essential industry knowledge and skills through a number of exciting projects led by industry professionals and Academy teachers. You will collaborate across pathways at BOA Stage and Screen Production Academy and will work closely with our sister school, BOA Creative Digital and Performing Arts Academy. You will work with directors, performers and other members of the production team to produce live performances and film projects.

You will be assessed through practical work on a variety of production projects and will be required to carry out coursework as part of your programme of study. Coursework is set in a variety of different ways at BOA Stage and Screen Production Academy. For example, you may decide that developing a website is the best way to showcase your skills. Other options for assessment could include an e-portfolio, presentation, video log or podcast. There are no formal written exams on this course.

Over the duration of your studies you will build a multimedia portfolio and logbook that tracks all of your experiences, roles and projects, and evidences your outcomes. You will reflect on how successful you have been and ear-mark those experiences which have been most useful. At key milestones throughout the course your portfolio will be assessed by authorised assessors based at the academy.

HOW IS THE COURSE STRUCTURED?

Foundation Year (Year 1)

Production Arts Skills Development

In this module you will develop a range of production skills and techniques. The areas in which you choose to study could include; set design and set construction, digital scenery, lighting design and operation, sound design and engineering, stage management and visual effects. You will carry out a number of roles on a variety of projects.

 

The Production Arts Industry

In this module you will take part in a range of sessions where you will explore the productions arts industry. This module will provide you with a thorough understanding of different roles within the production arts and how they work together as a team. As part of this module, you will explore current industry practice and procedures. You will explore employment opportunities that are available to you and will develop an understanding of the trade unions that will represent you should you go on to work professionally within the creative industries.

 

Extended Year (Year 2)

Personal Production Arts Profile

In this module you have the ability to choose production roles based on your specific areas of interest. You will create work that reflects your individual career goals. You will refine the skills developed in the foundation year modules and will explore ideas in your specific role. You will develop an individual project and will then create promotional material to use for your own progression into employment and will explore networking opportunities.

 

Collaborative Production Arts Project 

In this module you will collaborate with others to produce all the required elements for a live or filmed event in your individual production role of choice. You will work professionally and autonomously in your role and will demonstrate your ability in planning, designing, organising, collaborating and communicating to realise a full-scale production. In this module you will demonstrate the refined skills and knowledge developed in previous modules throughout the course.

WHAT CAN THIS LEAD TO

We have chosen to deliver the BTEC level 3 Foundation/Extended Diploma in Production Arts Practice because the BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are widely recognised by industry and universities alike as the ideal vocational training route into technical stage and screen careers.

Students who graduate BOA Stage and Screen Production Academy with this qualification will be well equipped to pursue careers in creative production and related disciplines.

Following successful completion of their course students may choose to transition straight in to full time employment in entry-level specialist roles, or they may choose to secure a higher apprenticeship or even go on to university.

 

Direct to Employment

The content, structure and assessment of this qualification have been developed in consultation with teachers, employers, professional bodies and academics to ensure that the qualification supports progression to higher education and, should learners choose to enter employment directly, that it is appropriate and consistent with current practice.

 

University and Higher Apprenticeships

The Extended Diploma, equivalent to three A Levels, is a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in production arts areas before entering employment.