Pearson BTEC International Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media Production

The Raindance Youth Filmmaker’s Academy is a unique after-school club designed for secondary school students who aspire to become filmmakers, animators, or Screenwriters. What makes our programme stand out is that after completing individual courses over flexible times, our learners will be able to achieve an internationally recognised BTEC International Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media Production, equivalent to up to 4 iGCSEs.

This is how it works:

Students can choose from 4 stand-alone courses, as follows:

  • Film Production
  • Animation Techniques
  • Screenwriting
  • Factual Production for the Creative Media

Each course is delivered one day per week, from 4pm – 6pm, over 12 weeks and students can choose up to two courses at any one time. After completing the courses, our learners can achieve the following qualifications:

Pearson BTEC International Level 2 Certificate in Creative Media Production 

This qualification is equivalent to one iGCSE and is obtained after successful completion of one of the following courses:

  • Film Production
  • Animation Techniques

This qualification is approved by Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Government of Dubai and can be attested by the authority.

Pearson BTEC International Level 2 Extended Certificate in Creative Media Production 

After completing the Level 2 Certificate, learners can progress to achieve the Level 2 Extended Certificate by completing one additional course from the following:

  • Screenwriting for the Creative Industries
  • Documentary Filmmaking

This qualification is equivalent to two iGCSEs. It is approved by Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Government of Dubai and can be attested by the authority.

Pearson BTEC International Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media Production 

Upon successfully completing all four courses, learners will achieve the full BTEC International Level 2 Diploma, equivalent to four iGCSEs. This course is approved by Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Government of Dubai and can be attested by the authority.

About the Courses

Filmmaking (Video Production)

This course provides learners with an opportunity to create a short film project, focusing on the application of the production phases – pre-production, production and post-production.

The term ‘video production’ encompasses a wide variety of moving image production activity, from one person working independently to major television companies producing prime-time entertainment. This course introduces learners to the techniques and technology of video-based production work using industry standard equipment and software. Learners will develop an understanding of the three production stages – pre-production, production and post-production.

What will you Learn?

You will work individually on the pre-production stage, developing an idea into a proposal, scripting and storyboarding it. You will also complete other pre-production activities on their own to ensure having a good grasp of this process. You will also work as part of a team for the second two phases to complete a short film project. On completion of the project, you will review your contribution to the production process and to the quality of the project.  

Animation Techniques

This course aims to introduce learners the practical processes of animation and to enable them to develop an understanding of historical and contemporary animation techniques.

Animation production is a significant activity in the creative media sector, not only in high-profile television programs such as Wallace and Gromit, but also in feature films, mobile phone content, the internet, television advertising and the computer games industry. Learners will work on design, character, setting and narrative and will then focus on a specific technique for the production of an animation sequence.

What will you learn?

You will research the content and production techniques used in historical and contemporary examples of work. By developing an understanding in such things as persistence of vision, frame rates, stop-frame techniques and the production of cells, you will then focus on planning and production of work. You will be using one of the traditional methods or a digital application for animation and provide a basis for exploring and experimenting with animation techniques and content.

Screenwriting for the Creative Industries

This course is to introduce learners to the reasons for and methods of writing for the creative media. By using appropriate conventions, you will research and develop ideas and create written materials to explore the relationship between the writing process and the products produced in the chosen area of the media. Good writing for the media results in appropriate, useable, audience-focused products and it follows that an understanding of the writing process is important to those working within the sector, regardless of specialist area.

What will you learn?

You will learn the different applications of writing for the media industries, and then to the techniques and conventions of writing for a specific industry in the sector using industry standard applications. Beginning with research into the methods used by professional writers, then you will generate ideas and to turn these into fully realized written material which is correctly presented for the chosen medium and form. Finally, you will reflect on the effectiveness of the work created and understand the need for revisions and improvements.

Documentary Filmmaking

Course Details:

The course is to develop an understanding of factual formats across the creative media sector and the skills in factual production in one medium.

Factual production encompasses a wide range of creative media activity in all areas of the sector. This refers to news production for the press and broadcasting, but it would also include a spectrum of activities from documentary production to reviewing. For some it would include ‘reality TV’ though others would put most of that on the other side of the boundary between factual and entertainment programming. However, here, as in so many other areas of media production, it is not always possible to draw clear distinctions.

What will you learn?

You will become familiar with the formats and styles of factual production across the media, and will have the opportunity to create your own factual media product in a specified medium. The course focuses on your skills in understanding, researching, developing, producing and evaluating factual media products. This includes television documentaries and features, consumer and holiday reports, news reporting and writing, newspaper and website articles or complete websites. The emphasis should be firmly placed on ‘factual’.

Course Outline:

  • Formats
  • Conventions
  • Choosing Medium
  • Targeting audience
  • Production Process
  • Creating factual media product
  • Reviewing final Product

FAQs

Eligibility and Admissions Criteria

If you are aged between 14 – 16 you are eligible to apply for this course. There is no entry requirement, but students should have a passion for the subject as there will be assessments throughout.

Fee Structure

Courses can be paid for individually or as part of a package; our fees are as follows:

BTEC International Level 2 Certificate (one course) – 6,000AED

BTEC International Level 2 Extended Certificate (two courses) – 11,000AED

BTEC International Level 2 Diploma (four courses) – 21,000AED

Payments are due at the beginning of each course. The first course is charged at 6,000AED, and each subsequent course will be charged at 5,000AED respectively.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and assessment are done through practical activities, encouraging students to reach their full potential intellectually and creatively.  Each course will result in a film project that students can use as part of their professional portfolio.

Where Next?

After completing the Level 2 International Diploma, students can progress onto the Level 3 International Diploma.  This is a full-time course that leads onto the HND/BA Hon’s degree programmes offered by Raindance.

To apply or for more information, please contact the school office at dubai@raindance.org to schedule a meeting with the academic team.