February 24, 2017

Media Studies

MEDIA STUDIES

AIMS AND ETHOS

  • To encourage and develop the ability to use Media terminology effectively.
  • To work together collaboratively to help each other to make progress.
  • To develop independence and resilience so that all students are able to take responsibility for their own learning. This will enable students to successfully complete their course work.
  • To develop an understanding of different mediums (film, the internet, advertising, music, magazines, the news, radio and television).
  • To provide enjoyment and to stimulate their awareness of the media and current issues and debates.
  • To be creative and produce a range of production tasks.

Key stage 4

During Key Stage 4 we encourage students to analyse a range of media texts around the key concepts of: genre, representation and audience. We offer the students a range of texts and mediums to look at, analyse and discuss. Students develop their ability to use media terminology and apply relevant media theories. These skills are developed through a range of teaching strategies and we cater for all learning styles to suit individual learner needs. Students are also encouraged to produce a range of production work, such as: magazine pages, storyboards, scripts, advertisements and web pages. They are exposed to a range of editing programmes and technologies to improve their confidence. In year 10 students complete 2 units of coursework and in year 11 they complete one production based unit of coursework and spend time preparing for their media exam topic. Coursework is worth 60% and the exam is worth 40%.

Key stage 5

During Key stage 5 students split their time between coursework (50%) and exam (50%) preparation. Students are taught in a variety of ways to allow for all learning styles. They are also given the relevant guidance and support to encourage then to become independent learners who can organise themselves appropriately. This is to enable them to move on successfully to further education if they so wish.

In year 12 For coursework students analyse a particular genre, complete thorough research (primary and secondary) into this genre and produce pre-production work in the form of a storyboard. Out of this pre-production work print production work is constructed and their work is analysed in the form of a production report. For the exam students then analyse a range of media texts from different mediums focusing on the key concepts of audience and representation. Students are encouraged to use appropriate media terminology and are taught how to apply sophisticated theories to the texts they are analysing.

In year 13 For courseworkstudents chose an area to study and complete a research investigation based on one of the following key concepts: genre, narrative and representation. They complete a discursive essay which must answer the question they have set themselves and out of their findings students produce 3 pages of original production work. Work is then evaluated. For the exam students study 3 media industries: Television, film and advertising. They study 3 texts for each industry with at least one text being British. Study includes an analysis of: Representation, audience, genre, narrative, regulation and control, marketing and the use of new technologies.