Media Studies

Aims

Media Studies is an interesting and exciting subject; one that will allow students to develop and demonstrate their own technical and creative skills. The knowledge and skills that will be developed through the study of Media Studies are increasingly important to the UK and global economy: it is estimated that 20% of careers in London are now media related. The creative industries are a growing sector of employment in the UK. Analytical skills are key to this subject, as are discussion skills: we explore and debate key issues surrounding the media industry. Students will learn the key concepts of representation, audience, institutions, and language, which form the basis of the course.

Teaching and Learning

At both KS4 and KS5, students undertake the process of research, production, and evaluation. Once research and pre-production have been completed, students work towards creating their own product. Students use Apple Macs and digital cameras throughout the course.

Assessment for Learning                            

Assessment in Media Studies combines a variety of assessment methods:

  • Independent research;
  • Detailed note-taking and annotations;
  • Plans, drafts, and sketches;
  •  Written essays;
  • Practical work, e.g. creating audio visual and print texts.
  • Home Learning
  • Students will be set a variety of tasks throughout the course to deepen their understanding and develop their skills. The filming process often takes longer than expected so a significant amount of time goes into production.
  • Show my Homework is used to provide more detail to support students with their homework tasks. The homework set will often be differentiated to stretch and challenge students.

 

Equipment

We have a suite of Macs available for use, a green screen, and filming equipment.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Media Studies

Programme of Study

Students follow the AQA GCSE syllabus.

Specification number: J526

Link to the specification website:

 filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-4810-W-SP-14.PDF

Year 9

Year 9 is a foundation year to learn the key concepts and skills required for the course. Students complete mock coursework assignments and a GCSE style examination.

Year 10

GCSE Media Studies is an exciting subject that will allow you to develop an understanding of key media concepts, which includes:

  • -The analysis of a range of texts;
  • -Analysing how media texts construct representations and whether these conform to or challenge stereotypes;
  • -Considering how TV and film make use of media language, such as cinematography and editing, to create effect and meaning;
  • -Looking at why audiences consume certain media texts and the pleasures they gain from these;
  • -Understanding how genres are recognisable to audiences.
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Media Studies will make you think about modern media issues and raise lots of fascinating questions, such as:

  • -What messages do newspapers put across to their readers?
  • -How is the Internet used to promote and sell music?
  • -How are Hollywood movies shot and edited?
  • -Should you trust adverts?

-How are audiences now becoming media producers?

Year 11

Students will be assessed through one piece of work every two weeks, using Personalised Learning Charts for each unit of work. Students’ work is graded using success criteria, developed with students in lessons to secure their understanding before completing an assignment. The course entails three controlled assessment tasks: analysing and creating a film opening in the genre of students’ choice; a cross-media magazine project; and a practical advertising project. The examination topic changes each year and is worth 40% of students’ overall grades. For Year 11, sitting their exams in 2017, the topic will be TV game shows; for Year 10, the exam topic will be TV series. Students will receive an exam brief a month before the examination, detailing what the examiner expects students to produce in exam conditions. The examination is 1 hour & 30 minutes in total.

Accreditation Structure

 

Unit

Assessment

Length

Weighting

1

Unit 1: Investigating the media

-Four questions

-One practical design question

1 hour & 30 mins

40% of the total GCSE marks

2

Unit 2: Understanding the media

CA 1: Introduction to the media

CA 2: Cross- media study

CA3: Practical production and evaluation

 

60%

CA 1:

15 marks (AO2 & AO3)

CA 2:

30 marks (AO2 and AO3)

CA 3:

45 marks (AO3 & AO4)

 

 

Additional Information

Clinics after school are held and often students stay after school to complete editing.

The Big Activity Day for Year 10 has a Media focus with students creating their own bands.

How Parents/ Carers can help

HTTP://WWW.TRINMEDIASTUDIESREVISION.BLOGSPOT.COM

WWW.MEDIAKNOWALL.COM

Taking your daughter to see a free TV or radio production would be a great insight into the industry. HTTP://WWW.BBC.CO.UK/SHOWSANDTOURS/SHOWS/

HTTP://WWW.ITV.COM/BEONTV/JOIN-THE-AUDIENCE

HTTP://WWW.CHANNEL4.COM/PROGRAMMES/TAKE-PART/ARTICLES/ALL/GET-TICKETS

-Newspapers and magazines are a key feature of the media, so taking an interest in how different papers present different ideas and events is a great starting point.

-Watching a variety of films, TV and internet adverts, film trailers, TV programmes, news reports;

-Listening to a variety of music and listening to the radio;

-Outings to the cinema.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Miss C Venis 

 

Key Stage 5

A Level Media Studies

Programme of Study

Students follow the WJEC syllabus.

Link to the specification website HTTP://WWW.WJEC.CO.UK/QUALIFICATIONS/MEDIA-STUDIES/MEDIA-STUDIES-GCE-A-AS/

The A Level Media Studies course will provide students with the opportunity to investigate and study a broad range of media forms, which include both still and moving image texts. All students will develop a clear knowledge and understanding of how to analyse media texts, as well as the ability to consider the importance of representations and how media producers construct these for their respective audiences. Students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their creative and practical skills in the development of two separate coursework briefs, one conducted in Year 12 and the other in Year 13.

The Year 12 coursework (AS) requires students to develop a trailer and film opening for a horror film, including other advertising material, and then work, as part of a group to plan film, edit and evaluate their own sequence.

 

In Year 13 (A2), students will conduct an investigation into genre, narrative, or representation, and apply this to two music videos of their choice. All Students are then required to plan, film, edit, and evaluate their own music video.

There are two separate exam units: at AS, all students will sit an examination, which is based upon a series of case studies. The focus will be the topics of representation and audience. There is also a textual analysis question, which focuses on the analysis of an unseen media text that will be either still or moving image. During the A2 aspect of the course, students will study a series of case studies from the world of film, television and advertising. These case studies will focus on the topics of genre, narrative, and representation. During Year 13, students also make their own music video in response to their research of the above topics.

Accreditation Structure

 

Unit

Content and Mode of Assessment

Weighting

MS1

Media Representations & Responses (AS – Year 12)

25% (50%)

MS2

Media Processes

(AS – Year 12)

25% (50%)

MS3

Media Investigation & Production

(A2 – Year 13)

25% (50%)

MS4

Media – Text, Industry & Audience (A2 – Year 13)

25% (50%)

 

Additional Information

Revision classes will run in the period before the examination. Students are welcome to use the media facilities before and after school to edit production work.

How Parents/ Carers can help

HTTP://WWW.TRINMEDIASTUDIESREVISION.BLOGSPOT.COM

WWW.MEDIAKNOWALL.COM

Taking your daughter to see a free TV or radio production would be a great insight into the industry.

HTTP://WWW.BBC.CO.UK/SHOWSANDTOURS/SHOWS/

HTTP://WWW.ITV.COM/BEONTV/JOIN-THE-AUDIENCE

HTTP://WWW.CHANNEL4.COM/PROGRAMMES/TAKE-PART/ARTICLES/ALL/GET-TICKETS

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Miss C Venis 

 

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