iMedia

Cambridge National Certificate in iMedia

 

Subject Leader:

Ms J Fenton-Hall

Contact:

jfenton@sunburymanor.surrey.sch.uk

Exam Specification:

OCR Cambridge National Certificate in iMedia – Level 2 J817

QN Code:

600/7043/2

 

 

Summary of course content

This course is assessed through 4 units of work over 2 years.  Upon completion students will gain the Cambridge Nationals Certificate in iMedia qualification Level 2. 

 

Unit R081 – Pre-Production Skills

This unit will enable learners to understand pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector. It will develop their understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process. Planning is an essential part of working in the creative and digital media sector. This unit will enable learners to acquire the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to create digital media products and gain an understanding of their application. On completion of this unit, learners will understand the purpose and uses of a range of pre-production techniques. They will be able to plan pre-production of a creative digital media product to a client brief, and will understand how to review pre-production documents. Learners studying the optional units will be able to apply knowledge and understanding gained in this unit to help develop their skills further during the completion of those units.  This unit also provides excellent transferable skills such as project planning which will be useful in a wide variety of contexts. This unit is externally assessed through an OCR set and marked 1 hour 15-minute exam.

 

Unit R082 – Creating Digital Graphics

This unit builds on unit R081 and learners will be able to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in that unit. Digital graphics feature in many areas of our lives and play a very important part in today’s world. The digital media sector relies heavily on these visual stimulants within the products it produces, to communicate messages effectively. The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. They will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process. On completion of this unit, learners will understand the purpose and properties of digital graphics, and know where and how they are used. They will be able to plan the creation of digital graphics, create new digital graphics using a range of editing techniques and review a completed graphic against a specific brief.

 

Unit R085 - Creating a Multipage Website

This unit builds on units R081 and R082 and learners will be able to apply skills, knowledge and understanding gained in those units. Multipage websites are the basis of internet content and are therefore used extensively in the creative digital media sector, whether for mobile phones or computers in all their forms. This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of creating multipage websites. It will enable learners to demonstrate their creativity by combining components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website. It will allow them to interpret a client brief and to use planning and preparation techniques when developing a multipage website. On completion of this unit, learners will be able to explore and understand the different properties, purposes and features of multipage websites, plan and create a multipage website and review the final website against a specific brief.

 

Unit R088Creating a Digital Sound Sequencev

This unit builds on units R081 and R082 and learners will be able to apply the skills, knowledge and

understanding gained in those units.  Gaming technologies, mobile phones and multimedia websites all use digital sound sequences to enhance and inform their content.  This unit will enable learners to understand where digital sound sequences are used in the media industry such as radio, film, web applications or computer gaming. The learner will also learn how these technologies are developed to reach an identified target audience.

On completion of this unit, learners will understand the purpose of digital audio products and where

they are used. They will be able to plan a digital sound sequence, create and edit a digital sound

sequence and review the final sound sequence against a specific brief

Assessment

Unit R081 – Pre-Production Skills

1 hour 15-minute written paper (25% of the qualification)

This question paper is based on a pre-release case study comprising short answer and extended response questions.

Unit R082Creating Digital Graphics

Controlled Assessment task (25% of the qualification)

Unit R085 - Creating a Multipage Website

Controlled Assessment task (25% of the qualification)

Unit R088Creating a Digital Sound Sequence

Controlled Assessment task (25% of the qualification)

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Independent, paired and group activities.

Research via the internet and books.

Teacher led activities.

What type of homework tasks will be set?

Homework tasks will involve extension of classroom activities, further research, reading current ICT based news articles, collecting research from users, gaining feedback from users and creating designs (depending on the unit of work).  Homework will be set according to the homework timetable.

How will it help me in the future?

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will equip learners with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, learners will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products. The qualification’s hands-on approach has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media.

How will this course build on what I have studied in Year 9?

In key stage 3 students have gained skills and knowledge in graphics, websites, sound and interactive products as well as planning.  Students have also learnt about target audience and ensuring that products are fit for purpose.  Additionally, students gained Digital Literacy and ICT skills.  This course builds on and consolidates all of these skills.

What skills will I develop?

Students will further develop their understanding of analysing existing media products, planning, creating and evaluating their own media products as well as developing the theoretical and practical aspects of digital graphics, websites and sound.