Media and Film Studies
Who are we?
- Hollie Heasman (Head of Department)
- Tim Sealy (Head of Department as of September 2016)
- Ashley Cox
- Hannah Turner
What we do in Key Stage 4:
GCSE Media Studies – A three year course that involves a mixture of critical analysis of media texts alongside a creative, practical element where students make their own ‘products’. For example, students will write an analysis of a music video and then create promotional materials for their own invented band or singer.
What we do in Key Stage 5:
A Level Media Studies -
- At AS level students engage with the ‘language’ of media texts alongside issues and debates generated by media products. We will, for example, consider how different social groups are represented by the mass media i.e. teenagers, men, women etc. We deal with topics such as the power of media institutions and their influence over various audiences.
- At A2 students develop their research and critical thinking skills with a ‘Critical Investigation’ of a subject of their choice. Also, they will develop a more in-depth knowledge of the various theories that have been applied to media texts across the years.
A Level Film Studies -
- At AS students develop their analytical appreciation of how films create meaning for audiences. The main focus is on British and American films as well as a consideration of how the film industry has developed in these countries. Students also get to apply their knowledge by creating their own digital storyboard or film extract.
- At A2 students develop their knowledge of film theory through researching a chosen director or ‘star’. They also get to engage with a selection of foreign language films which leads to an appreciation of other cultures and diverse film-making techniques. Creatively they produce a longer film extract or a complete ‘short’ film.
- GCSE Media - Assessment is 60% coursework and 40% examination. There are three coursework units involving written and practical responses. The exam is based on a single topic which changes each year – in 2013 it is ‘The Music Press’.
- A Level Media - Assessment at AS and at A2 is 50% coursework and 50% examination. The coursework involves a practical production alongside research and evaluation. The exam is based on analysis of an ‘unseen’ text and also questions on a ‘case study’ the students develop during the year. At A2 students produce a 2,000 word investigation on a chosen area. In the exam they once again analyse unseen material and respond to questions on their own specific case studies.
- A Level Film - Assessment at AS level involves analysis of a chosen extract of film and a practical production. In the examination there are three sections – The Film Industry, British Film and American Film. The weighting is 40% coursework and 60% exam. At A2 there is a small scale research project on and a practical piece while the exam once again involves three sections – World Cinema, Spectatorship and a Single Film Critical Study. Weighting is 50/50.
Homework is set on a weekly basis. At GCSE it will involve specific tasks to be completed for a set date – usually the following lesson. At ‘A’ level homework will often be research based and encourage students to be independent learners.
Skills gained for the future:
The study of Media and Film allows pupils to -
- Understand how the media and film industries operate and how they are structured.
- Understand research methods and techniques.
- Be able to present results of research.
- Develop critical thinking skills.
- Understand pre-production, production and post-production techniques.
- Understand advertising techniques.
- Be able to develop ideas and create own productions.
How to find out more information:
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