Media Studies

MediaWelcome to Media Studies

Course Overview

Media Studies is a creative, contemporary and cultural subject that offers students the opportunity to analyse, evaluate and produce texts across a range of different Media platforms. With the recent investment of an impressive Media Suite, consisting of sixteen Apple Macs and state-of-the art software, you will construct industry quality portfolios in film, print, advertising, web design and music video production. Much of this subject is steeped in theory as you are encouraged to debate, discuss and examine diverse examples of current Media within a historical context. You will develop an understanding of the key media concepts of language, representation, audiences and institutions. Theory is also largely focused on developing key skills; with a focus on mise-en-scene, camera use, sound, photography, design, marketing, editing and composition.

What will I learn?

Key Stage 3

New innovative changes to the KS3 curriculum in 2013 will include the integration of Media Studies alongside ICT. Students will follow a newly designed curriculum where new technologies alongside digital studies, will be at the forefront of providing students with the ability to be successful in the wider world.

Key Stage 4

The course is made up of 75% coursework and 25% external exam. Pupils will produce three industry standard portfolios. Students will plan, design, create and then evaluate:

– A Magazine Front Cover
– An Interactive Multimedia Product (App)
– A Photography Portfolio

Alongside the three coursework units outlined above, students will then sit an exam based around the pre-production topic. In this exam, students will apply their knowledge of the pre-production elements to an unseen scenario.

Students studying this course can use the following study materials attached to prepare for the examination:

R081 Media Studies Personal Learning Checklist
R081 Media Studies Flashcards
– R081 Media Studies Knowledge Organisers (LO1, LO2 A/LO2 B, LO3, LO4)
R081 Media Studies Revision Guide

Key Stage 5

In Years 12 and 13 the course involves detailed planning and construction of media products using appropriate technical and creative skills. The units require engagement and skilled use of new and innovative technologies to create high quality productions. Students will be required to:

– Create a magazine front cover and double page spread
– Create an informative leaflet
– Create a range of printed products for a marketing campaign
– Design and pitch a brand new game

In addition to the four units above, students will also be required to complete three other units that will prepare them for the production work, these units consist of a range of research and analytical tasks.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more information please email cclark@jhncc.org.