Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Interactive Media

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The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma Level 5 in Interactive Media is designed to meet the following aims:

  • Providing an education al foundation for a range of careers in interactive media
  • Providing opportunities for students to gain an internationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in interactive media or progress to higher education vocational qualifications
  • Developing the knowledge, understanding and skills of students in the field of interactive media
  • Providing opportunities for students to focus on the development of higher-level skills in a interactive media context
  • Providing opportunities for students to develop a range of skills and techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life
Course Structure

The Higher National Diploma course comprises of sixteen (16) subject units of study. The sixteen (16) units are determined by the college from the following list.

The subject units are as follows:

Mandatory Core Units

Visual Communication in Art and Design

This unit aims to develop the necessary skills for artists, designers and craftworkers to communicate their ideas across specialist applications, both traditional and alternative.

Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design

Creative thinking and the ability to generate free flowing ideas are vital skills for all artists and designers. This unit aims to develop skills in generating and communicating ideas visually.

Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design

The aim of this unit is to encourage an understanding of the social, psychological, cutural, historical and commercial factors which underpin all visual arts theory and practice across the spectrum of subject specialisms.

Professional Practice in Art and Design

The aim of this unit is to extend the learners’ knowledge of professional practices within their specialist area and to relate these to personal goals and career opportunities.

Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation

To develop learners’ skills of independent enquiry by undertaking a sustained investigation of direct relevance to their vocational, academic and professional development.

Specialist Units Group A

Interactive Media Design and Prototyping

This unit will enable learners to develop skills and understanding in designing and evaluating a prototype interactive media system using an interactive approach.Through research and practice learners will identify users’ needs and content. Learners will design the structure, interaction and components of the interface. A psychological understanding will be encouraged to give learners a broad understanding of the use of colour, metaphors and navigational systems. Prototypes will be designed through exploration of software prototyping tools and techniques.

Interactive Media Web Authoring

The unit will cover the creation of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) code through to the inclusion of Java Applets to enhance web page design and production.

Animation Techniques for Interactivity in Art and Design

The unit will equip the learner with the knowledge and skills needed to select the technique most suitable for meeting production requirements.

3D Computer Modeling and Animation

This unit aims to develop learners’ skills and understanding of the principles and practical applications of 3D modelling and animation.

The unit will enable learners to visualise and design three dimensional space and will give them a working knowledge of 3D computer modeling and animation software. It will provide opportunities to review the work of 3D computer artists.

Computer Interface Design Principles

This units aims to develop learners’ skills and understanding through investigation of the design elements of user interfaces for interactive systems.

The problems of human computer interface design are inextricably linked with graphic design for both interactive media presentations and online documentation. Learners will learn appropriate use of colour, animation, screen metaphor, navigational devices, visual and audio feedback. Through this unit learners should gain a broader understanding of the psychology, the principles and the practice of user interface design.

Computer Programming Principles

This unit aims to dvelop learners’ understanding of principles within computer programing and to develop skills in their application.

In this unit learners will be introduced to the concepts of the programming environment. The learner should, after completing the unit, be able to produce well-defined, accurate design and code completed in an appropriate medium.

Website Creation and Management

This unit aims to develop learners’ skills and understanding to successfully create and manage web-based applications.

The focus is on the server and the mechanisms to link web pages to databases. Although intended for the internet, it could be taught with reference to an intranet, and the unit will deal with intranet issues.

Computing Fundamentals

This unit aims to develop learners’ understanding of the fundamentals of computer systems and associated hardware and software.

The unit looks at systems, their operational characteristics and appropriateness for different applications. The unit also examines programming languages and the development of programs using a high-level language.Project Management for Learning using Interactive Media

Project Management for Learning using Interactive Media

This unit aims to develop the learner’s understanding of management and management issues and skills in the development of an interactive media product.

This unit aims to develop learners’ ability to manage and organise their personal attributes and qualities in preparation for management. It aims to give interactive media learners practice and insight into the management of a range of possible client projects. The unit also considers the learning demands implicit in meeting a client’s needs.

Digital Media in Art and Design

The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding of the scope and potential of digital media in art and design, coupled with the application of skills and detailed knowledge of software applications in a specialist pathway.

Digital Image Creation and Development

This unit aims to develop skills and understanding in sourcing, creating, developing and managing digital images for specific purposes

Drawing Techniques and Processes in Art and Design

This unit aims to develop and extend learners’ technical and creative skills through drawing and their understanding of drawing media, materials and techniques.

Specialist Units Group B

Critical Study in Art and Design

The aim of this unit is to extend knowledge and understanding of the research, analysis and application of historical and contextual skills to a selected field of study.The aim of the unit is for the learner to have developed an independent view of one area of design context that relates closely to their own work.

Ideas in Context

This unit aims to develop learners’ personal creative potential for generating ideas in a relevant specialist discipline within the visual arts.

Personal and Professional Development

This unit aims to help the learner become an effective and confident self-directed employee. This helps the learner become more confident in managing their own personal and professional skills to achieve personal and career goals.

Work-based Experience *

This unit aims to enable learners to experience the scope and depth of learning which may take place in a work- based context by planning, monitoring and evaluating the work experience.

Employability Skills

This unit provides learners with the opportunity to acquire honed employability skills required for effective employment.

Communication with Images in Art and Design

The aim of this unit is to extend learners’ understanding of the potential of visual imagery as a means of communication, including the codes used in different cultures.

Interactive Media Design and Prototyping

Interactive Media Web Authoring

This unit aims to develop learners’ skills in producing web pages containing effective interactive media content.

Animation Techniques for Interactivity in Art and Design

This unit aims to develop learners’ skills and understanding in a variety of interactive animation techniques for use in art and design.

This unit aims to provide the learner with an introduction to a variety of animation techniques used in multimedia and video. The unit will equip the learner with the knowledge and skills needed to select the technique most suitable for meeting production requirements.

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Synthesis of a range of concepts, knowledge and skills relating to interactive media
  • Application of complex theories to practical, realistic work situations in the interactive media sector
  • Independence of approach to study and the generation of interactive media evidence
  • Ability to engage with complex and/or unpredictable situations in the interactive media contexts
  • Ability to take responsibility to manage and direct their own and others’ activities
  • Insight and judgement in relation to the margins and consequences of error
  • Research and investigative skills
  • Responsiveness to change and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to innovate and work in a creative way
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently as well as effectively as a member of a team
Course Information

Class Size

Class size: Maximum 70 for lectures Maximum 40 per class for practical and tutorial lessons

Certification

To be awarded the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma, the student must meet the criteria below:

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Interactive Media is a 240-credit qualification that consist five (5) mandatory units plus specialist units that provide for a combined total of 240 credits. The rules for combination for this qualification are as specified as follows:

  1. Qualification credit value: a minimum of 240 credits.
  2. Minimum credits to be achieved at the level of the qualification (level 5): 125 credits.

Course Schedule

This Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Interactive Media award takes approximately 960 hours excluding the development and implementation of coursework.

Total Duration:18 months (full-time),30 months (part-time)
Total Course Hours:960 hours

Entry Requirements

  • Diploma
  • Chinese Senior Secondary Year 3
  • SMU 3
  • GCE ‘A’ Levels – at least two (2) Grade E
  • ITE Higher NITEC 2.5
  • STPM – 2 passes
  • Vietnam Grade 12
  • Any other equivalent qualification
  • Applicants with foreign qualifications equivalent to the above may be admitted provided they are proficient in the English Language, and possess

    1. IELTS 5.5 or equivalent qualifications (wef July 2016 intake) OR
    2. a Pass in English Placement Test determined by the college.

    * Those without IELTS 5.5 are required to attend an English Course at a fee.

    The Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are accredited on the QCF for learners aged 18 and above.

    More mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience of paid and/or unpaid employment and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Course details

Lectures/Tutorials

The course is modular in nature, the units may be taught in any sequence.

The course is mainly conducted in the classroom via face-to-face learning which encourages student-teacher interaction. Students are encouraged to attend field trips organised by the school to encourage experiential learning.

Assessment

In-course assessments will be conducted only. In-course assessments may include report, design journal, oral presentation, drawings, models & project etc.

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