Why is the study of Interactive Media important?

The UK`s creative industry contributed 91.8 billion to the economy in 2018 because the future of the creative industry is growing every day.

The course will teach you valuable transferrable skills such as planning, pre-production, collaborating, communicating, presenting, creative thinking and technical skills.

The creative sectors account for 2.6 million jobs in the UK and the demand for digital and creative designers is at an all-time high, you would be very employable.

What skills will the study of Interactive Media teach you?

Learners will develop skills and knowledge:

  • In using digital technology safely and competently when responding to a design brief
  • When experimenting with materials and techniques
  • In adapting their own ideas and responding to feedback
  • In evaluating their own work
  • In literacy, numeracy and ICT
  • That are essential for the modern workplace, such as team working; presentation skills; independent working; working to deadlines; efficient use of resources.

What will you know and understand from your study of Interactive Media?

This qualification shows learners how to:

  • Identify and experiment with interactive media products, materials, techniques and processes
  • Explore the interactive media industry
  • Work to interactive media briefs, refining, developing and selecting ideas
  • Create an interactive media portfolio
  • The qualification focuses on an applied study of the Interactive Media sector and learners will gain a broad understanding and knowledge of working in the sector

How can you deepen your understanding of Interactive Media?

Interactive media is the integration of digital media including combinations of electronic text, graphics, moving images, and sound, into a structured digital computerised environment that allows people to interact with the data for appropriate purposes.

The digital environment can include the Internet, telecoms and interactive digital television.

Taking note of all the component parts and features of an interactive product is a good way of analysing the individual components and how they add to the product.

How does your study of Interactive Media support your study in other subjects?

iMedia can link across a range of subject areas. It can have a lot of business themed context. It can link to maths as it can have problem solving situations. iMedia can also link to art as it has some very creative areas. These can require designs to be created by hand or by computer so it can help you to develop your digital literacy skills.

How are you assessed in Interactive Media?

  • Unit 1 - Investigate interactive media production Internally assessed and externally assessed
  • Unit 2 - Plan and prepare for an interactive media product Internally assessed and externally assessed
  • Unit 3 - Development and production of an interactive media product Internally assessed and externally assessed
  • Unit 4 - Present and promote an interactive media product internally assessed and externally assessed

15 hours of controlled assessment

Key Assessment Objectives

At Level 2, tasks should be well defined and generally routine, allowing learners to address straightforward problems.

They should require a general understanding of the key concepts, processes, resources, techniques and materials relevant to the vocational area and their level of study and need some technical skills or understanding for their completion.

How can Interactive Media support your future?

Successful completion of this will fulfil the entry requirements for relevant academic and vocational study post-16.

NCFE Level 3 Applied General Certificate in Art and Design (601/8898/4)

NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Creative Craft (603/3253/0)

Other level 3 qualifications (including Advanced GCSE) in creative and media related subjects.

Further study at university or college You could choose to broaden your knowledge of design with a degree in Interactive Media or a degree in Computer Science. You could also look at a Level 3 qualification or Diploma at college.

The knowledge and skills gained will provide a secure foundation for careers in the interactive media industry

Web design: You may start off with sketches or storyboards to give your clients an idea of the end product. Web Designers may need graphic design experience, an understanding of coding or be able to implement Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools so your (or your client’s) website features highly in Google searches and gets more views or traffic.

Digital marketing: Digital Marketers use the communication streams that have been gained by our increased reliance on the internet. This includes email, social media, websites and more, Digital Marketers use technology to market services and products to customers.

Gaming: Bringing images to life using computer design suites and video editing skills are used by Game Designers to bring a story to life. You could also be part of the team of Developers who use code to create the moving pictures and images.

IT: The IT team are hugely important to most businesses as we rely so much on computers to allow us to complete our work each day. Your role might include supporting colleagues and fixing bugs, or designing an entirely new platform to make the business run more efficiently

NCFE Interactive Media Level 2

Working in interactive media will mean working in a fast paced and technical environment, using your knowledge to bring different ideas to life through interactive communication products.

This is a growing industry that’s always changing with new improvements and technology advancements.

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