The Creative Media Department runs courses for budding filmmakers, producers, web designers, animators and graphic artists. If you want to work in the Film or TV Industries or in Design this is the place for you.
We believe in developing the Media Practitioners of the future. We will challenge and develop your teamwork and your creative, industry related and technical knowledge, so that you can either progress into industry or onto higher education.
WHAT TO EXPECT...
- Enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff are experienced and highly regarded Feature Film and Television Producers, Directors, Designers, Graphics and Arts professionals. We won’t pass you until we’d be happy to work with you.
- Staff design assignments to mirror industry tasks – you will be sent out in teams recreating jobs and roles, and using kit you will find in the media industry.
- Varied assessment including portfolios, observations, essays, discussions, presentations, films, pitches and exhibitions.
- Use industry software, create websites, design, produce animations and even edit films.
- Hone your abilities while building a showreel or portfolio to really sell your work
- Excellent facilities including HD cameras, lights, industry standard editing suites, with broadcast standard software used by major TV companies like FinalCut, Adobe Premiere and After Effects.
- Latest innovations in lighting, tracking and sound hardware, over 30 FinalCut-equipped networked Macs.
- Good quality teaching rooms with Interactive White Boards and networked Apple Mac computers equipped with the latest industry calibre software.
- Constantly developing programme of trips, speakers and workshops. Visit film sets and TV studios and active locations like our recent trip to the filming of top British director Noel Clarke’s film set.
- We also organise live broadcast experts like Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru Murthy and director Andy De Emmoni to come in for you to interview, film and record using standard TV news equipment.
- Visits and masterclasses and industry insights from key figures like Filmmaker Noel Clarke, and Endemol Senior Producer Damian Cullen. Script, plan, produce and edit your own short films, documentaries and music videos.
- Use your skills to enter national film and animation competitions and hold publicly attended exhibitions of your work. Nescot 1st year Media students were winners of the 2011 WorldSkills UK Video competition.
- Use expertise from across the department for our projects. Film students work with: Performing Arts students as actors; Art and Design students on the sets and titles; students providing special effects and Music students building soundtracks for film or stage productions.
- Weekly Film Club.
- End-of-Year Screenings.
- National Gold Medal Winners at the 2011 and 2013 WorldSkills UK Finals
- International trip to Prague
- Mark Taylor
- First Year, Level 3 BTEC in Creative Digital Media: Visual Effects and Post-Production
I was studying A-Levels at a sixth form, but I wasn't enjoying the courses or the environment. I looked around at other colleges and I thought the Creative Digital Media course at Nescot seemed far better than anything else on offer. I came to an open evening and met the tutors, and I was impressed by how practical the course sounded. I like studying one subject in detail, and I'm glad we're assessed by coursework and not exams.
This year I've really enjoyed learning how to edit and how to model. Next year we're doing a filming project where we're free to choose what we want to work on. Everyone comes onto a course like this with no knowledge or experience, because you don't study Visual Effects at school. That means the teaching on the course is even more important, but the tutors at Nescot are brilliant. They're really good at what they do, and they spend a lot of time helping the students. We visited Eurogamer at the start of the year to look at the effects on upcoming games, and in May we went to New York City.
Once I finish my BTEC at Nescot I'm hoping to go to university to study Creative Digital Media. I enjoy editing, and my dream job would be to become a film editor. To anyone thinking about studying at Nescot, I'd say the most important thing is to choose a subject you really enjoy. I really enjoy my course, and if you can have fun while you learn then you get the best of both worlds.
- Oscar Walkley-Brown
- First Year, Film and Television National Diploma
I considered staying on at the sixth form at my school, but I wanted to study one subject I was really interested in and I prefer coursework to exams. I came to an open evening and spoke to the tutors, and I was impressed by the sound of the course.
At Nescot there's a real focus on practical work. You do it yourself instead of just reading about it in a book. We have good equipment and facilities here, and the tutors have all worked in the industry so they know what they're talking about. Everyone works hard and we're treated not only as adults, but as professionals.
This year we've been filming and making music videos, and my favourite part was making a short film. I wasn't particularly looking forward to learning how to edit, but the tutors made it really interested and I ended up enjoying it. I'm looking forward to the next year of the course, and after that I'm hoping to go to university. I'd recommend this course to anyone thinking about studying Film and Television, I think it's the best course around.
- Phillipa Costas-Bray
- First Year, Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Games Design
I'd been to a gig at Nescot so I knew the college and that it had a good reputation. I went to open evenings at a few colleges, but I chose Nescot because I felt comfortable here and I knew the course was really good.
I've always been really interested in computer games and I wanted to know more about how they work and how they're made. This year we studied 3D modelling, which I loved because we got to design any object we wanted. Next year we're going to be looking at 3D faces, which I'm really looking forward to. After that I'm hoping to do the HND in Games Design at Nescot, because I know the college well and I know the course will be really good, and it's a lot cheaper than going to university.
Our course is quite small, which means we all get a lot of help from the tutors. We use Apple Macs and other computers for any specialist work we're doing, as well as software like Photoshop. I'd say to anyone thinking about Games Design to go for it. It's hard work, but I really love the course and we get all the support we need from the tutors and the college.
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