Education and Training

All of our courses are delivered in a relaxed, inclusive, and encouraging atmosphere. Our courses are a bespoke alternative to mainstream education for students 16-25 who are unable to access similar opportunities elsewhere, are at risk of social exclusion, and are not in education, training, or employment.

At MAC you will gain recognised qualifications while also developing social and employability skills through a sensitive support program that focuses on individual learners and their needs.

๐ŸŽฌ Documentary Film Making (BTEC Level 2) Cardiff ๐ŸŽฌ

This course will be taught by award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jay Bedwani

On completing this course, MAC can offer a pathway to further education in partnership with Cardiff and Vale College.

๐ŸŽฎ Game Design (BTEC Levels 1, 2, & 3) Cardiff ๐ŸŽฎ

This course will be taught by our award-winning game developer, Bex Betton

๐ŸŽญ Performing and Production Arts Industry Skills ๐ŸŽญ

Performing and Production Arts is for anyone with aspirations of progressing into a career in the performance industry in theatre, media, or film. Additionally, you could progress onto a Level 3 qualification. This course will also equip you with transferable skills, valuable in any career where you are required to work as a team, in a customer-facing role, or where communication skills are required. Although you may consider yourself to be a dancer, actor, director, or writer, we want to give you the opportunity to develop a range of skills to strengthen your potential and confidence to work in the creative arts industries. The industry is asking for versatile people with a range of skills, so we want to support you in fulfilling this requirement.

โšก๏ธ BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Marketing & Social Action โšก๏ธ

The aims of this practical and creative course are to pioneer change and to learn how to take impactful social action. You will have the opportunity to work with activists, practitioners, and professionals who are paving the way for young people. Students who study marketing and social action will gain a pathway into higher education, social media, a start-up business, the third sector, or any organisation that has a comms and marketing team (every organisation in the world!)

๐ŸŽžLevel 1 Exploring the Film Industry (Cardiff & Barry Campus)๐ŸŽž

This course provides introduces the basics skills of working in the film industry, and it is taught by independent filmmakers. You will work towards making your own short films.

You will study:

  • Writing and pitching
  • Directing and shooting film
  • On-set audio recording
  • Designing film posters & trailers
  • Editing film
  • Animation
  • Postproduction sound
  • How to work as a team for a final short film

๐ŸŽฅ BTEC Level 1 Digital Media (Cardiff & Barry Campus)๐ŸŽฅ

The Diploma in Digital Media is designed around practical skills and tasks that place an emphasis on learners demonstrating what they can do rather than what they know in theory. This qualification gives learners the opportunity to acquire and develop generic, transferable, and sector-specific skills in order to complete tasks and demonstrate a level of achievement that enables them to progress to further learning.

You will study:

  • Introduction to Photography
  • Designing a Magazine Cover
  • Creating your own Podcast
  • Producing a Short Film
  • Editing a Short Film
  • Creating an Animation
  • Producing an Advertising Campaign
  • Script Writing
  • Researching for Media Products

“I didn’t feel like I could be myself anywhere else in education, but here I could really show my full potential and tutors really helped with that”

young person, 2020

“I found MAC through the Prince’s Trust and joined their 12-week filmmaking course. I was looking to gain some structure in my daily life, to pick up media skills, and to explore a new creative outlet. What I actually got was all these things and more. The tutoring staff were amazing and made every effort to accommodate any needs, preferences, or just quirks! They treated me like an adult, with respect, and enabled me to feel in control of my learning and goals. It was great to be in a small setting whereas large college environments can seem inaccessible. There was a clear ethos of ‘come as you are’ and I felt able to turn up no matter what was going on at home. Thanks for having me :-)”

Young person, 2021

Check out this video a young person produced with us:

“Being allowed to explore and create has given me real confidence over my time at MAC. I feel like I’ve really found a clear sense of what I want to do with my life thanks to the tutors here”

young person, 2020

Some of our students who already access training through MAC say:

“I love the fact that our tutors are experts and teach from their first-hand experience”

 “If it wasn’t for MAC, I would have had to put my studying on hold. I prefer being in a smaller space away from the hustle and bustle.” 

 “I have learned loads at MAC and my confidence has really grown. There is always someone to talk to and everyone is really friendly. I love it here.”

Applying for a MAC on Track course is simple. You can either enroll by following the links above, or you can contact Sarah directly: sarah@mediaacademycymru.wales