This course is aimed at students who • are interested in developing careers in the Media, but are not yet sure which direction to take • think they know what they want to study at degree level, but don't yet have the necessary qualifications or portfolio You will learn key ideas about narrative, audience and industry along with technical and software skills which will increasingly be shaped to your own specialised needs and your trajectory as a future media professional. You will learn to develop your own creative ideas through research, reflection and practice. You will experience the whole process of creating media texts, from initial ideas through to evaluating finished products. You are encouraged to think creatively on this course and try out new ideas and techniques, particularly in semester one, when the content covers key aspects of all disciplines in the department. Semester one modules teach and support you to develop your individual and group skills, across a range of topics that encourage experimentation and reflection. Semester Two enables you to specialise in an aspect related to your preferred future degree route, and the work undertaken in semester two is to enable you to develop the appropriate practical and intellectual / creative skills for your chosen area. You will be encouraged and enabled through your learning to progress to your preferred honours route (Animation, Digital Media Production, Film and Media Production, Games Design, Journalism, Media, Photography, Public Relations, Public Relations and Media). You will enrol with one named degree route in mind, but there will be an opportunity after semester one’s assessment point for you to transfer to another subject area. You will develop interpersonal and online communication skills, along with specialised technical and software skills which will include visual and audio capture and editing as well as the basics of constructing and realising your own creative projects. You will benefit from a clearer sense of direction from sampling the subjects for degree study and you will be provided with a direct route to progress within the right degree course for you at the end of the process. There will be guest speakers, workshops, careers events, at least one field trip and direct contact with the lecturers on the courses you are considering for further study. You will have a base-room shared with your colleagues and access to the professional standard studio facilities and equipment stores that are used by students from all our undergraduate courses. Inductions are provided for using the necessary equipment for your study. You will have access to the same stores of equipment and studio facilities used by degree students. These are procured up to a professional standard. inductions are provided into using the necessary equipment for your study. The course is designed to allow you to begin the process of specialising in a particular discipline and also to be an effective communicator in the broader sense, thus opening a range of potential career paths. There are four modules. The first three provide you with the contexts, concepts and skills to help you choose your final project. In the media project module, you will work with a project supervisor, and will be supported through student peer groups, to develop and complete a communication project or creative artefact reflecting your own interests and focused towards your chosen degree route.