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 Carson
Miss Brown
Miss Hughes

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