The department provides a variety of methods and opportunities to study Media and Film at Key Stage 4 and 5 offering GCSE Media Studies, A Level Film Studies and BTEC Level 3 in Digital Media.
GCSE Media studies gives students a chance to develop a critical understanding of the role of the media in daily life.
Students will submit the following: 1) A portfolio of up to 9 pages (3 pages per production role) including a list of all sources used.
2) A film reel of up to 9 minutes (3 minutes per film production role, including one completed film).
Film is both a powerful communication medium and an art form.
The creation, presentation and study of film requires courage, passion and curiosity: courage to create individually and as part of a team, to explore ideas through action and harness the imagination, and to experiment; passion to communicate and to act communally, and to research and formulate ideas eloquently; curiosity about self and others and the world, about different traditions, techniques and knowledge, about the past and the future, and about the limitless possibilities of human expression through the art form.
They will then prepare for a film production by creating and gathering the materials and preparing the cast and crew.
They will produce a short narrative film or film extract that uses generic conventions.
This unit provides an introduction to fundamental media theory and analysis.
Students investigate a range of media from different sectors, such as music videos, short film extracts, animation, news programmes, websites, digital games and print adverts in order to explore how meaning, messages and values are constructed through formal and stylistic elements.