Media Studies is a truly contemporary subject and one that is relevant to all our pupils' lives. The media saturates everything we do in the developed world in the 21st Century and we believe that giving pupils the tools to analyse and critique the media affords them the chance to see the ways in which the media pervades their lives. Media Studies helps our pupils develop an important set of skills that will support them both in their education and their working life.Media Studies can help increase knowledge and understanding of communication, business, creativity, critical thinking, culture, design, planning, presentation, evaluation, story telling and technology.
The Media Studies course will be changing in 2017 with the current proposal being 2 exams; the first on Media Industries and the second on Media language. The coursework element is one assignment worth 20% of the marks.
Our current students have been studying the following units over two two years and have Television Serial Drama as their examination topic.
Unit 1: Science Fiction films
The topic for this is changed each year. Previous topics have included sit-coms, quiz shows and newspapers. The exam brief is released a month before students sit the examination. Students have to answer in role.
The idea is to research the topic and work on storyboards and mock ups of magazines etc. Therefore it is crucial that students have good technical skills and artistic skills.
Students have to show in-depth knowledge of style, audience, representation and new technologies. They also need to be aware of current media debates and audience issues.
The written paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes and is worth 40%. It is assessed externally.
The topic for next year is Game Shows
Unit 2: Understanding the Media
The aim of this unit is to develop an understanding of how and why media texts are produced. Students will produceoneintroductory assignment,oneassignment on cross-media platforms [around 1000 words] and one Practical Production. The Practical Production must include both print and audio-visual planning tasks.
The work is carried out under controlled conditions. It is worth 60%.