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Media Studies

Year Nine

Year nine pupils will be introduced to all aspects of the Media and begin to consider the relationship between producer audience and text. This is a new course and is designed to ensure pupils cover both the breadth of the Media but also the depth of specific texts. Pupils will develop the basic analytical skills that will be integral the course and exams. Pupils will also begin to develop their writing skills which will increase in detail and allow for well-rounded arguments to develop, allowing pupils to become objective. Pupils will develop their contextual knowledge of a range of Media industries which they will be questioned on the in exam. Pupils will study a range of texts and industries in breadth and depth in preparation for the exam.

 

Year Ten

Year Ten pupils will be introduced to all aspects of the Media and begin to consider the relationship between producer audience and text. This is a new course and is designed to ensure pupils cover both the breadth of the Media but also the depth of specific texts. Pupils will develop the basic analytical skills that will be integral the course and exams. Pupils will also begin to develop their writing skills which will increase the detail. Pupils will develop their contextual knowledge of a range of Media industries which they will be questioned on the in exam. Pupils will study a range of text in breadth and depth in preparation for the exam. Finally pupils will develop their practical and technical skills in order to complete their coursework which is worth 30% of the grade. Pupils will be required to work in print, digital and or film to create a product to a brief. Pupils will be able to recognise and implement codes and conventions which are appropriate for the Media text they are creating.

 

Year Eleven

Pupils will use the analytical and theoretical skills developed in year ten and apply them to more specific content and industries. The focus of the exam will be online and Television news. Pupils will develop a deep understanding of the news industry focusing on historical and contextual changes. This will also include in depth analysis as well as a wide understanding of audiences and the appeal of news. Pupils will also have opportunity to complete and improve on their coursework, developing technical skills and practically applying knowledge of codes and conventions developed across the first year.

 

Year 12 Film Studies

The course the pupils will undertake this year is new and offers an exciting range of topics over the two years of study. Pupils will develop a detailed understanding of specific topics including Independent US film, Hollywood 1960-90, European Cinema and British film. Within these focus areas pupils will develop analytical skills, focusing on camera moment, sound and editing and consider how these have been used to create meaning or to engage the audience. For each of these topics pupils will also understand the historical and contextual issues surrounding the films production, release and reception. Pupils will also have opportunity to practically demonstrate their understanding in these areas and their technical ability by completing a practical coursework task, worth 30% of their outcome.

 

Year 12 Media Studies

This course offer pupils the opportunity to study a wide range of Media texts from nine different industries. Pupils will engage with Historical contexts of the production and reception of set industries. Pupils will develop analytical and critical thinking skills which will be applied to these industries and Media theories. They will also have the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of set media texts covering the depth and breadth of the media industry. Practical and creative skills will also be tested through the controlled assessment tasks, equipping pupils with the skills required for industry production work.

 

Year 13 Film studies

Pupils will focus on six key areas for their A2 year. Pupils will engage with spectatorship, particularly documentary film and contemporary film and emotional response. The will look at world cinema and the French New wave Movement, and will also complete a close critical study on two infamous films and directors Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Chaplains Modern Times. Within these key areas pupils will develop

critical thinking and analytical skills as well as studying contextual and historical issues surrounding each of the films.  Pupils will widen their understanding of film and film makers and are introduced to some unfamiliar areas of film. Pupils will also undertake some practical coursework, filming and editing a short film, which will prepare them for work in the industry, as well as developing their creativity.

 

Year 13 Media Studies

This year pupils will focus on an in-depth study of four industries, Television, Film, Advertising and Music. Pupils will study all aspects of that industry in depth including influential texts, historical aspects, technological changes and audience’s response. The course will develop critical thinking and analytical skills but will also challenge pupils’ production skills through the creation of a media product, devised from their own research and conforming to one of the key concepts; representation, narrative, genre.