AUDIO VISUAL TECHNOLOGY HND
SCQF Level 8
Broadcast Media & Photography

Course Overview
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Audio Visual Technology HND is a unique course designed to teach you about the dynamic and cutting-edge developments within this creative industry. You will learn a wide set of employability and technical skills across various platforms and have access to Edinburgh College state-of-the-art broadcast media facilities including; TV studios, green-screen rooms and access to top-of-the-range cameras, microphones and recording equipment.


Explore the skills you will need to progress to a job as an audio-visual technician and learn how to provide technological, sound and visual support for various corporations. These skills can also be used to progress to a career in the film or TV sector. Edinburgh College has good relationships with a range of media companies and an integral part of the course is to do a work placement.  This could be outside the college or with one of our commercial partnerships such as BBC, SMRC, Scottish Gymnastics, SWPL. Work placements give you the opportunity to develop and showcase your skills and build a CV and showreel which can be used to progress to employment or further study at a degree level.


You will be introduced to the audiovisual industry and learn skills in; Video Production, Lighting, Editing, Camera Operation and Sound, Television Production, Audio Visual Systems and Multimedia and Motion Graphics. Explore the different systems used in the audiovisual industry and produce creative and technically innovative projects as you complete units in Animation, Web Design and Sound.


What You Will Learn
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  • Sound Production: Sound Reinforcement
  • Multi Media Computing
  • Camera an Introduction
  • Sound an Introduction
  • Lighting an Introduction
  • Editing an Introduction
  • Social Videography
  • Intro to AV Technology
  • Animation for AV Graded Unit 1
  • Sound Production: Multi-Track Editing Own Programme
  • Multi Camera Production: Support Roles
  • Multi Camera: Vision Mixing
  • Work Experience
  • Audio Visual Systems
  • News Gathering
  • Web Design Project
  • Advanced Compositing
  • Motion Graphics Graded Unit 2
Placement Information
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  • Possible work experience on live shoots with SMRC, Scottish Gymnastics, BBC, Scottish Women's football
  • Videos for Commercial clients
  • ECTV  

Entry Requirements
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  • A minimum of two Highers at C or above (preferably in English, a Science or Mathematics) or successful completion of a relevant NC qualification at SCQF Level 6 
English Proficiency Requirements
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  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
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  • You will be assessed through both practical and written assignments 
Progression And Articulation Routes
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  • Progression to PDA in Outside Broadcasting at Edinburgh College
  • Study of Technology at a university level 
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
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  • Audio Visual Technician 
Number Of Days Per Week/Day Of The Week/Time Of The Day
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  • 3 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
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Student Stories
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A pair of Edinburgh College Broadcast Media students have won a national one-minute film competition organised by the Scottish Parliament to celebrate 20 years of devolution. 

Students Lewis Gillespie and Robbie Crawford were tasked with coming up with an idea for a one-minute film that best encapsulated the theme: What 20 years of the Scottish Parliament and decision taking in Scotland, for Scotland, has meant for my region. The brief was to create a range of concise and punchy local stories, reflections and opinions, not just about the Parliament, but also about the impact of making decisions and laws in Scotland. Lewis Gillespie said:  

“Taking part in this initiative has been an amazing experience and I’m really proud of the work Robbie and I have produced so far. I can’t wait to start developing our ideas further as we work towards creating the final film.” 

Robbie Crawford said:  

“It feels fantastic to get to the point where our project has been commissioned. We’ve worked really hard putting our proposal together and it feels great to have all that hard work rewarded.” 

Start Date(s)
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Full Time

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  • 31/08/2020
End Date(s)
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Full Time

This course will end on...
  • 18/06/2021
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