In an increasingly visual society Media Studies provides the practical tools to be able to communicate via social and mass media. In Key Stage 3 Media Studies is taught as part of the general Computing curriculum, with an option to choose extra study in Year 9 leading to choosing one of the GCSE Media options in Years 10 and 11.
Key Stage 3 – Year 7 & 8 - 1 x 1hr per week
Year 9 - 2 x 1hr per week if selected as an option
Key Stage 4 – 3 x 1hr per week
This year prepares students for the path they could take at KS4 and covers Media Studies alongside Computer Science. The Media Studies units are:
Introduction to Film Studies – looking at genre and mise-en-scene
Photoshop basics – an introduction to Digital Graphics and creating complex images in Photoshop CS6
Digital video – filming and editing a short genre based video sequence
GCSE Film Studies (Eduqas)
The GCSE in Film Studies is an ideal introduction to the subject for anyone who wants to work in any aspect of the moving image industries such as Film, TV, Advertising, Marketing, and Social Media. It provides valuable life skills in the understanding and production aspects of these essential parts of modern life. It is also ideal preparation for anyone interested in psychology and sociology as it explores how audiences are targeted and respond to film as well as how different groups are represented in mainstream and niche media.
Students will work with professional quality, industry standard equipment including Canon DSLR cameras and a Panasonic HD video camera. They will work mainly on Apple Mac computers using iMovie and Final Cut Pro for film editing.
The course consists of two externally assessed units worth 35% each and a practical coursework unit worth 30%.
Paper 1 — 1 hour 30 mins: Key Developments in US Film
Three stepped questions comparing two US mainstream (Hollywood) films: Rebel Without a Cause and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
One multi-part question on key developments in film technology
One question on a US independent film: Juno
Paper 2 — 1 hour 30 mins: Narrative, Representation and Film Style
One stepped question on a global English language film: District 9
One stepped question on a global non-English language film: The Wave
One stepped question on a contemporary UK film: Attack the Block
Create a 2 –2 1/2 minute extract from a genre film
Write an 850 word evaluative analysis of your own production piece.
Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia
This practical GCSE equivalent course is perfect for anyone looking to work in one of the many creative industries which employ over 3.12 million people in the UK and are one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy. Creative iMedia is a flexible and practical qualification which allows for students to choose projects which suit their strengths and future needs.
It provides valuable life skills in the understanding and production aspects of mass media and creative products such as advertising, computer games and video. Students will work with professional quality, industry standard equipment including Canon DSLR cameras and a Panasonic HD video camera. They will work mainly on Apple Mac computers using iMovie and Final Cut Pro for film editing.
The course consist of one externally assessed unit worth 25%, one mandatory unit worth 25% and two optional units worth 25% each.
Unit R081 – 1 hour 15 minute paper on Pre-production Planning. This exam explores how creative industry professionals plan their products, working closely with the client and the production team. The exam covers mind-maps, mood boards, visualisation diagrams, storyboards and scripts. It also covers work plans, legislation, health & safety, location recces and file formats.
Unit R082 – mandatory coursework unit on Digital Graphics. This unit looks at the purposes and uses of digital graphics and how they are created for different products. Students learn how to use Photoshop and then work to a client brief to produce a digital graphic product such as an advert, poster or DVD cover
Students can choose two units from a variety of optional units depending on their needs and interests. These include:
Comic Strip Production
These are both new qualifications, first examination 2019. However, traditionally GCSE Media Studies has been one of the strongest performing subjects for the school with many students going on to do level 3 courses and A Levels in Film and Media Production.
Mrs J Holland - Teacher of Media