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WELCOME TO media & Film studies

MEDIA STUDIES

When was the last time you went a day without being exposed to the media in print, on screen and through audio? We live in a media-saturated society, and studying ‘The Media’ will help you to understand the effect it has on our lives.

The media is involved in constructing and representing (re-presenting) reality to us every day. By analyzing how these constructions are created and how the audience is positioned to respond, a student of the media will learn how to open their mind to the world outside what they first see and make up their own mind.

Media Studies will help you develop a range of transferable skills, such as communication, research, design, publication, textual analysis, team working and project management. You will gain an understanding of the relationship between audience and institution, and strengthen your knowledge of the digital media industry.

Key stage 4

We currently offer GCSE Media Studies and follow the OCR specification.

The course is divided into 3 units:

B321 – The Individual Media Studies Portfolio (30%)

This unit focuses on comparative analysis looking at media language and representation. Students will also demonstrate their skills in planning, construction and evaluation through the practical production with the opportunity to explore film genres, popular music, advertising and video games.

B322 – Textual Analysis and Media Studies Topic (40%)

An 1 hour 45 minute written examination of two sections: section A, analysing an unseen moving image extract, and section B focuses on the institution and audiences of television comedy.

B324 – Production Portfolio in Media Studies (30%)

A controlled assessment, which is internally assessed over 25-30 hours. Students can work in a group or individually to produce a practical production from a selection of briefs incorporating a mix of print and video.

Students receive three 50 minute lessons per week.

Key Stage 5

We currently offer A Level Media Studies and follow the OCR specification.

Year 12 AS

The course is broken into two sections:

G321 – Foundation Portfolio in Media (50% AS – 25% A Level)

Internally assessed module comprising of producing two paired artifacts from a series of briefs in print, video and web design. This includes extensive research and an evaluation in digital format.

G322 – Key Media Concepts – TV Drama (50% AS – 25% A Level)

A written examination of two sections: section A, focuses on textual analysis and representation within TV Drama, and section B focuses on a specific media industry from a choice of film, music, newspapers, radio, magazines or video games.

Year 13 A2

G324 – Advanced Portfolio in Media (25% A Level)

Internally assessed unit consisting of a portfolio of work, where two or more media texts are combined. The research, planning and evaluation are presented in digital format.

G324 – Advanced Portfolio in Media (25% A Level)

A written examination covering the theoretical evaluation of the coursework productions alongside a study of contemporary media issues through a range of texts, institutions, audiences and debates.

Students receive six 50 minute lessons per week.

Facilities & Resources

Both the main school and sixth form are equipped with Mac suites each supplied with industry standard software. The sixth form also has a bespoke film studio which is capable of live production. We have a range of audio visual equipment to complement progression from KS4 to KS5.

Trips & Extra Curricular Activities

During the course we will be visiting media institutions such as Warner Bros. for a tour of the Harry Potter studios, and the British Film Institute to support our studies.

Staff

Mrs R. King (Co-ordinator of Film & Media)

Miss G. Nicholson (Teacher of Film & Media)

FILM STUDIES

Film is the major art form of the 20th Century. It is the most powerful, global way of telling stories available. Understanding the ability of film to create representations and reflect reality is part of being an engaged citizen. The story and history of film & cinema is important, it allows you to explore creativity, artistic and technological developments and social change.

Film Studies will deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. You will examine how films are created through cinematography, sound, mise-en-scene (props, setting, costume etc.) and editing, as well as genre, narrative and character.

You will explore a wide range of British, American and World Cinema spanning several decades. You will also learn how film studios & corporations have existed, such as the Hollywood Studio system and how Independent companies produce film.

Key stage 4

We currently offer GCSE Film Studies and follow the WJEC specification.

The course is divided into 3 units:

Paper 1 – Exploring Film (30%)

One hour and 45 minute written paper consisting of four questions assessing knowledge of film language, industry and audiences of superhero movies.

Paper 2 – Exploring Film outside Hollywood (20%)

One hour written examination with three questions assessing themes, representation and narrative issues of a chosen foreign film.

Controlled assessment (50%)

Students will complete two main items. The first item is a research and analysis project focussing on a film chosen by the student. The second is a short film practical project including pitch, pre-production planning and evaluation.

Students receive three 50 minute lessons per week.

Key Stage 5

We currently offer A Level Film Studies and follow the WJEC specification.

Year 12 AS

The course is broken into two sections:

FM1 (40% AS – 25% A Level)

Internally assessed module, consisting of an analysis of an extract from a film of the students choosing particularly focussing on how micro aspects create meaning, and a film project based on a film sequence or short film.

FM2 (60% AS – 30% A Level)

A 2 hour 30 minute written examination consisting of three questions: section A, producers and audiences of film, section B, topics in British film (we choose Horror) and section C, a comparative study of two US Films.

Year 13 A2

FM3 (25% A Level)

Internally assessed unit consisting of a small-scale research project focusing on the students’ specific interests, a creative short film project and reflective analysis.

FM4 (25% A Level)

A 2 hour 45 minute written examination which develops and builds upon students AS learning. Three questions, one comparing two representations of urban stories in world cinema, a section on emotional response and spectatorship issues and a final critical study focusing on a single film (we choose Fight Club).

Students receive six 50 minute lessons per week

Facilities & Resources

Both the main school and sixth form are equipped with Mac suites each supplied with industry standard software. The sixth form also has a bespoke film studio, which is capable of live production and a theatre for cinema style film screenings. We have a range of audio-visual equipment to compliment progression from KS4 to KS5.

Trips & Extra Curricular Activities

During the course we will be visiting media institutions such as Warner Bros. for a tour of the Harry Potter studios, and the British Film Institute to support our studies.

Staff

Mrs R King (Co-ordinator of Film & Media)

Miss G Nicholson (Film & Media Teacher)