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Creative Industries

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Georgia

Georgia
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Photography)

Georgia
Kieran

Kieran
BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Art and Design

Kieran
Trinity

Trinity
BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production

Trinity
Trevor

Trevor
BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production

Trevor
Jovani

Jovani
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Photography)

Jovani
Leah

Leah
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design)

Leah
Katie

Katie
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (TV and Film)

Katie
Shannon

Shannon
BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Art and Design

Shannon
Kiether

Kiether
BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Art and Design

Kiether

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Creative Industries Courses

The Creative Industries Department is the creative hub of John Ruskin College and it thrives on imagination, innovation, high expectations and hard work.

We offer four specific industry pathways, which have been designed in consultation with industry experts: Art and Design, Creative Digital Media Production, Graphic Design and Photography.

The pathways are delivered by dedicated and industry experienced teaching staff in excellent facilities and studio spaces. You will have access to industry standard equipment and the courses have been specifically developed to allow successful progression to University courses and employment in the Creative Industries sector, which include the following:

  • Photography
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Product/ Interior Design
  • Journalism
  • Radio & Television
  • Digital Media Production
  • Advertising
  • Gaming
    … amongst others

We believe that relevant work experience and varied enrichment activities are crucial to your success which is why we have excellent links with local businesses to provide you with exciting work experience opportunities.

We also offer opportunities to learn through practical live briefs, professional speakers and fantastic educational trips in and around London.

Join us and feel confident that you will be well prepared and ready for the opportunities after your college course, whether it is Employment or Higher Education!


Did you know?

  • The Creative Industries are worth almost £10 million an hour, every hour, to UK’s economy.
  • It’s one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK economy.
  • UK Creative Industries Sector is largest in the world and growing at twice the rate of other industry sectors.

What opportunities are open to you as a Creative Industries student?

Curriculum Enhancement

  • Access to the Creative Industries facilities with industry standard equipment and software packages
  • Technical support from dynamic Creative Industries instructors in addition to the teaching team
  • The chance to see your work on the big screen and exhibited for all to see at the annual Creative Industries Final Exhibition and Screening
  • Guided support through workshops to help you be successful and achieve your goals
  • Educational visits that will open your mind to new ideas and support exciting projects

Higher Education

  • Extensive guidance and support in preparing for Higher Education and applying to UCAS
  • Opportunity to participate in workshops and short courses at London’s leading universities and colleges
  • Mentoring and advice from our previous Creative Industries students
  • Opportunity to produce diverse show reels and portfolios to ensure you go far in the future whatever you choose to do

Links with Industry Professionals

  • Teachers who bring their industry experience into the learning environment through vocationally focused projects
  • Workshops with Creative Industries professionals who will inspire your working practices and ideas
  • The opportunity to work as a Creative Industries professional by taking on real projects, for real clients
  • Support in applying for work experience opportunities in the broad range of Creative Industries fields

Professional competencies needed for these courses:

  • Ability to think creatively
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Effective communication skills
  • Resilience to feedback from peers and tutors about your work
  • Independence and ability to use own initiative
  • Responsible for own behaviour
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent time keeping
  • Dedication to the subject
  • Ability to reflect

Creative Industries Courses on offer

  • BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Art and Design

    Areas of Study
    This course is a wonderfully broad and varied one year course which will allow you the chance to experience a wide range of Art & Design principles and techniques, from drawing and painting to photography and graphic design. This course is very practical and will help you to develop and unlock your creative potential and hone your practical design skills. You will be introduced to the specialist equipment and software with the help of a dedicated technician who will help you succeed in your projects so you can progress on to Level 3 courses in the Creative Industries field.

    Examples of delivered units:  Introduction to Specialist Pathways, Developing an Art and Design Portfolio, Visual Arts Briefs, Graphic Design and Photography Briefs.

    Employment and Progression Opportunities: Progression on to one of our Level 3 courses in Graphic Design, Photography or Digital Media.

  • BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production

    Areas of Study
    This course is a superb and varied one year course that offers you the opportunity to explore the Creative Industries sector. You will be working on practical projects that will develop your ideas and skills in digital photography, graphic design and film & TV production. This is the perfect course to prepare you for progressing on to one of our specialist Level 3 courses.

    Examples of delivered units: Digital Photography, Digital Publishing, Animation and Digital Moving Image. Two of the units will be externally assessed.

    Employment and Progression Opportunities: Progression on to one of our Level 3 courses in Graphic Design, Photography or Digital Media.

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production Digital Media)

    Areas of Study
    On this dynamic two-year course you will be making real products for real audiences including short films, music videos, idents and websites. You will learn about the diverse and changing digital media industries by; exploring your own creativity, developing practical skills as well as your ability to think critically and communicate in different ways.

    You will experience a range of units that will allow you to explore a combination of digital filmmaking, interactive media, marketing and advertising that will prepare you for all aspects of the media industries.

    Examples of delivered units: Film Editing, Advertising, Single Camera Production, Interview Techniques, Film Studies and Writing for TV and Film.

    Employment and Progression Opportunities: Undergraduate courses, apprenticeships and employment opportunities including but not limited to: Games Design, Animation, Advertising & Marketing, Film & Media Studies, Film & TV Production, Journalism, Digital & Social Media, Events Management and Script Writing.

    Visits and Talks: Trips to look forward to include Disneyland Paris, The Making of Harry Potter, Sky Academy, BBC Tours, the Museum of Brands and getting the chance to meet industry experts at the INTO Film Festival.

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design)

    Areas of Study
    This course is a specialist two year course that will help you to gain specific knowledge, understanding and skills using a range of Art and Design processes. This is a highly engaging and practical course which gives you the opportunity to use traditional and digital media in our fantastic industry standard facilities. The course offers a good range of Art and Design units as well as specialist units from the professional field of Graphic Design.

    Examples of delivered units: Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design, Graphic Media, Techniques and Technology, Words and Images in Graphic Design, Typographic and Layout Design and many more.

    Employment and Progression Opportunities: Undergraduate and postgraduate courses and employment opportunities including but not limited to: Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Architecture, History of Art, 3D Design, Fashion, Fine Art, Games Design, Animation, Advertising & Marketing.

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Photography)

    Areas of Study
    This course is an exciting and creative two year course that is focused on developing your skills in contemporary photography practice for higher education or employment. You will discover a range of specialist photographic techniques along with wider art and design processes. You will develop both your technical and experimental skills in digital and traditional photography techniques to produce an exciting mix of print and digital work. Working on live briefs and for real clients, the course offers a vocational experience, working in a professional environment and will open doors to a world of possibilities in the lens based media industry.

    The course offers an exciting range of specialist units from the professional field of Photography combined with more experimental units from the wider area of Art and Design.

    Examples of delivered units: Photographic Studio Techniques, Lens-based Image Making, Image Manipulation using Computer Applications, Experimental Imagery in Photography, Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design and many more.

    Employment and Progression Opportunities: Undergraduate and postgraduate courses and employment opportunities including but not limited to: Freelance Photographer, Press Photographer, Graphic Designer, Magazine Picture Editor, Television Camera Operator, Medical Illustrator, Image Manipulation, Picture/ Location Researcher, Digital Marketer, Visual Merchandiser, Fashion Promotion, Film/ Video Editor.

ALL COURSES CAN BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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As part of its funding agreement with the Skills Funding Agency, John Ruskin College vocational courses are part or fully funded by the European Social Fund.