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    Media

    Our mission

    We aim to broaden the students’ understanding and knowledge of contemporary media texts from traditional print, film and television to developing new media technologies.

    Media students need to be enthusiastic consumers of a range of current media platforms. We want students who like to visit the cinema, keep up to date with current affairs, view a range of television shows and read a variety of newspapers and magazines.

    We want our students to become well rounded individuals who learn to study the media from a critical and unbiased view. We have a strong emphasis on creativity and originality within the department and half of the course involves students creating their own authentic and fully functioning media texts, film scenes, TV credits, magazine articles and websites.

    We hope that students who choose to study the media do so with an open mind and have a thirst for knowledge that extends outside of the classroom.

    Staff
    Miss C. Seery – Head of Media Studies
    Mrs A. Hewitt – Media Studies and English teacher

    Email the department: MediaDepartment@uptonhigh.co.uk

    Curriculum

    KS4

    GCSE students from 2017

    Media students should have an interest in all aspects of the media including film, television, radio, gaming, newspapers, magazines and social media.  They will be able to bring their contemporary understanding of modern media into their analysis and will learn how to explore media texts and industries.  Students will develop their creativity and technical aptitude to plan, produce and edit media texts across a range of media platforms. 

    GCSE students will be working towards the new linear OCR qualification from 2017.  The specification consists of three units which test all aspects and concepts in Media Studies.

    Examination 1: Textual Analysis 35% of GCSE

    Students will analyse a moving image product under examination conditions and respond to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key concepts.

    Examination 2: Exploring Media 35% of GCSE

    Students will demonstrate their imagination and creativity through a product pitch as well as exploring theoretical approaches to a range of pre-prepared media texts.

    Coursework: Creating Media 30% of GCSE

    Students will demonstrate their ability to work towards an industry style brief set by OCR. They will plan, prepare, produce and edit a completed media text which could be moving image, print or web based.

    GCSE students from 2016

    GCSE students will be working towards the OCR Media Studies qualification.  Currently 60% of the grade is dedicated to a coursework. Students will study a range of different aspects of the media including advertising, music promotion, filmmaking, magazines and television shows.  Within their portfolio they will complete research and analysis of a range of different texts as well as creating their own finished media texts including a music video, magazine articles, an opening film sequence and print advertising.

    For the examination they will have to prepare a case study and be able to respond to unseen clips and texts under exam conditions.  The examination will test their ability to analyse a range of media products and include media terminology and theory successfully.

    All students should have an interest in contemporary media whether that be music, film, television, social or news media. Students will create personalised portfolios and case studies which rely on their ability to be organised and creative.

    GCSE Media Studies - 2 Year Course

    During Year 10 you will work with a variety of media across the platforms to analyse, plan, create and evaluate a range of texts. You will complete your first Controlled Assessment which will be 30% of your final GCSE grade.

     

    Unit

    Tasks

    Autumn One

    Introduction to Media Studies

    BBC School Report

    Learn about the key concepts.

    Work in a group as BBC journalists to produce a full broadcast report.

    Autumn Two

    Music Video Practice Coursework

    Work in pairs to research, plan, film, edit & evaluate an original music video.

    Spring One

    Analysis of Moving Image

    Use your analytical skills to incorporate terminology in a formal written analysis.

    Spring Two

    Film Research Project

     

    B324 Introduction to Practical Production controlled assessment.

    Investigate the Film Industry and produce an engaging and factual presentation for the rest of the class.

    Begin research for your Practical assessment - creating an original film opening.

    Summer One

    B324 Pre-production & Filming

    Create a screenplay, storyboard and plans for your film opening. Film your scenes

    Summer Two

    B324 Edit & Evaluate

    Edit a final cut of your film opening and evaluate your finished text.

    During Year 11 you will continue to work towards your final GCSE grade with an analytically focused controlled assessment worth 30% and a final examination worth 40% of your final GCSE grade.

     

    Unit

    Tasks

    Autumn One

    Analysis practice

    B321 Individual Portfolio Introduction

    B321 Individual Portfolio Analysis

    Higher level analysis practice.

    Begin the second piece of coursework based around a comparison of two advertisements with a focus on representation.

    Autumn Two

    ***Mock Exam November***

     

    B321 Portfolio Production

    Complete Mock Examination based on analytical skills

    Create a print campaign for a specific brand with original photography.

    Spring One

    B323 Moving Image Examination Introduction

    B323 Section A Prep

    Begin to prepare for the summer examination based around Section A: Action Adventure film.

    Spring Two

    B323 Section B Prep

    Prepare for the examination with a focus on Section B: TV Comedy.

    Summer One

    Exam Revision

    Structured revision for the examination.

    Summer Two

    Examinations

    GCSE Examination.

    KS5

    Media Studies A Level is suitable for secure B grade Media GCSE students. We do accept students who have not studied the subject at GCSE but we will be looking for enthusiastic students with good English Language grades (B or above) at GCSE. If you don’t meet this criteria we will review students on an individual basis.

    Students will study a range of media texts with application of media theory, issues and approaches.  Students will analyse a range of media texts and create their own authentic media products.

    It is vital that students extend their knowledge and understanding outside of the classroom with wider reading and consumption of media texts.

    Extra-Curricular

    GCSE students (in Year 9) have an opportunity to visit Harry Potter Studios where they can learn about the film industry and see the set, costumes and visual effects (approx £35). We are also hoping to re-launch our successful day visit to Sky Skills studios where students work with industry professionals to create a news report as well as enjoying a tour of Sky facilities.

    We are currently planning a week-long visit to the USA in Easter 2017 where students will stay in Los Angeles and visit a number of Film Studios, enjoy the exciting theme parks and learn about the film industry first hand.