As well as studying Genre, Narrative and Representation, students have the opportunity to write and produce their own films using industry standard equipment. This includes the same camera that Skyfall (James Bond) was created with, as well as having access to the same editing software used at the BBC and ITV.
The Creative Digital Media department have had much success in recent years, winning first prize at York Film Festival and attending Buckingham Palace where they were crowned winners of the Studio School Trust National Project.
GCSE Media Studies WJEC
Leading up to GCSE, students will receive three one hour lessons per week over the key stage. Assessment comprises an external exam (40%) and coursework/practical/project based work (60%).
The Coursework/Practical project- based work is made up of three major components:
ME2 Textual Investigation 1 - Internally assessed, 10% of the assessment
Students analyse a media text with a focus on genre conventions. The media text comprises of a film or TV programme.
ME2 Textual Investigation 2 - Internally assessed, 10% of the assessment
Students analyse a media text with a focus on representation conventions. The media text comprises of a magazine article, website or poster.
ME3 Production - Internally assessed, 40% of the assessment
Students produce a media product which encompasses the range of skills and abilities required to research, plan, produce and evaluate their production. This can be a: Magazine Cover, Music Video, Website, Comic, Animation, Photo Case Story, Newspaper Article, Podcast or DVD/CD Cover.
The exam covers two focus areas such as: TV Drama, TV Crime Drama, Advertising, The Music Industry, Computer Games & Game Development, The News and Social Media.
Section A – Thinking about the Media
Students are required to analyse an excerpt from the focus topic area e.g. Watch a four minute excerpt from Sky Fall and answer questions about conventions of the action genre.
Section B – Planning the Media
Students are required to plan a media product from the focus topic area (e.g. Plan a magazine layout or create a storyboard for a TV advert) and be able to justify your choices.
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