Academic Information

Media Studies

Aims

  • To equip pupils with analytical skills

  • To equip pupils with wide-ranging skills in media technology and ICT

  • To give pupils the confidence to express themselves both individually and as part of a team

  • To develop in pupils’ the ability to ask questions and to be inquisitive, in order to make balanced judgments

Staff

Mr McManus
Miss Farquhar
Miss Brown

Key Stage 3

At this level pupils are introduced to the creative element of Media Studies. Pupils will create a media text and then evaluate their work over a 12-week period. The applications used are:

  • Year 9: Photoshop to create a film poster

  • Year 10: iMovie to create a film trailer

This course is part of the media awareness element of the curriculum and relates to what our pupils will study in their multi-modal English paper at GCSE and of course Media Studies GCSE.


Key Stage 4

At this level pupils complete Moving Image Arts.

Component 1: 

Critical Understanding of Creative and Technical Moving Image Production 

Compulsoryonline examination 

1 hour 30 mins 

The examination features: 

a range of previously unseen audio and visual stimuli and short film sequences; questions that assess knowledge and understanding of film language, practices, techniques and contexts; scenario-based questions that assess creative and production management skills; and questions that assess analysis and evaluation of film language, audience and purpose. 

Component 2: 

Acquisition of Skills in Moving Image Production 

Compulsory controlled assessment tasks - here students complete four tasks specified in the Component 2 Task Booklet - storyboarding; camera and editing; sound; and animation. 

Component 3: 

Planning and Making a Moving Image Product 

Compulsorycontrolled assessment portfolio 

Students produce a live-action or animated film portfolio from a selection of genre-specific production briefs that we provide. The portfolio must feature a research analysis; preproduction material;
 a completed moving image product and 
an evaluation. 


Post 16

Level 3 - Media Studies

Exam Board: WJEC

The course is made up of four units:

  • MS1 and MS2 are part of the AS qualification and are studied in Year 13

  • MS3 and MS4 make up the A2 level and are studied in Year 14.

Each unit is worth 25% of a pupil’s A Level grade.

Units studied:

  • MS1: Media Representations and Responses

  • MS2: Media Production Processes

  • MS3: Media Investigation and Production

  • MS4: Media: Text, Industry and Audience

Level 3 - Journalism in the Media & Communications Industry

AS 1: Journalism In Print -

External written examination - 2 hours 

  • Compare and contrast two unseen print journalism stimuli. 

  • Respond to unseen print journalism writing, PR or subediting tasks. 

  • Answer one essay question. 

AS 2: Print Portfolio

Internal assessment - Produce a portfolio of different story types for a local or regional newspaper or magazine. 

A2 1: Cross-Platform Journalism and Digital Interactivity

External written examination - 2 hours 

  • Respond to unseen writing and cross-platform newsroom scenario tasks. 

  • Answer one essay question on a debate topic of choice. 

A2 2: Online Print and Broadcast Feature Portfolio 

Internal assessment - conduct a theme-based analytical cross-platform case study and produce two features: one for online print and one for broadcast. 

Skills Developed

Pupils will develop skills in the use of:

  • Digital compact cameras

  • Digital SLR

  • Digital video cameras

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe InDesign

  • Microsoft Word

  • Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Apple iMovie

Careers

  • Film

  • TV

  • Magazines

  • Newspapers

  • Radio

  • Video Production

  • Presenting

  • Directing

  • Cameraman

  • Advertising

  • Event Management

  • Public Relations

  • Journalism

  • Theatre

  • Photography

  • Digital Imaging and Graphic Design