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Media

MEDIA STUDIES

Today we’re surrounded by media wherever we look. There’s the internet, TV, film, radio, magazines, newspapers … Believe it or not, that Snapchat you sent last week? That was sent from an app created by a person who was once a media studies student. We engage in media products everyday, often without realising how or why they were produced. But as a media student, you will start to question the world around you and the media’s role in society. You will learn how to become a producer rather than a consumer. And who knows, maybe one day you will design the app that all the kids go crazy for?

MEET THE DEPARTMENT 

Miss McCarthy

Miss McCarthy is the Head of Media studies and currently teaches the subject to both KS4 and 5. She studied Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University and worked as a freelance graphic designer before becoming a teacher. Let’s find out more:

What is your favourite film? Jaws. Without question! Steven Spielberg is an absolute master of the camera. He knows how to craft a story and tell it to audiences in such a way that you are right there with the characters. And of course the shark is the most iconic movie monster ever to grace the silver screen - which is no easy feat considering that you don’t actually see it until the final 20 minutes of the film! That soundtrack eh!

What’s your favourite TV show? That’s a tough one as there are so many. But I would have to say ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘The Crown’. Oh and ‘Grace & Frankie’. Oh and…. No I’ll stop now!

Which media figure inspires you? I think I’d have to say Alfred Hitchcock because he was a pioneer of the film medium and his work is timeless.

Which area of media are you most passionate about? If I have to pinpoint an area, I think I would have to say graphic design and animation. I love creating logos, motion graphics and visual effects in my spare time and I am always learning!

What do you love about media studies? I am so passionate about this subject because not only is it fun and relevant to all of us, it also teaches young people the transferable skills that they can use throughout their entire lives. It teachers them to be resilient, to question and to not take anything for granted. A valuable lesson for any human being!

WHY CHOOSE MEDIA? 

What does studying Media involve?

Media studies involves investigating the 9 media forms; TV, Film, Music Videos, Newspapers, Magazines, Advertising, Online Media, Radio and Video Games. Over the course of two years you will learn how to apply the theoretical framework of media (language, representation, audience, institution & context) to a range of seen and unseen products. You will learn to become a critical thinker by deconstructing these products and analysing the messages that are communicated both on a conscious and subconscious level. As well as this, you will also learn the practical skills necessary for becoming an active media producer. We have a well equipped department that enables our students to work on a variety of creative projects and we use the Adobe Suite to teach you skills in both print and audio visual media production.

How will I know if I will be good at it?

Let’s rephrase that question. How will you know if you could be good at it? Well the answer is simple. Anyone has the potential to be good (possible even great!) at media studies. If you are passionate about the industry, ambitious, eager to learn and resilient - then you have everything you need to start learning with us.

"You can't teach passion. You can teach everything else."

What skills will I develop?

It's been said that media literacy is as important to living in the 21st century as regular literacy was to the 20th century.  Skills such as critical thinking, deconstruction and analysis, collaboration, time management and effective communication are all skills that you will strengthen and develop on a media studies course; and these will help you navigate the rest of your education and then, your working life.

Where could this subject lead?

Most people who study media have the dream of becoming the next Steven Spielberg. And, why not? Your dreams should be big and they should be ambitious. But the media sphere comprises of more than just the film industry - studying media could lead to career in journalism or app design. You may discover your passion for scriptwriting or graphic design. Or maybe visual effects and animation? The opportunities really are endless and media studies could just be the stepping stone you need to finding your niche in the creative world.

MEDIA TRIPS AND EVENTS 

The Backyard Cinema with KS5

The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros Studios with KS4

WHAT TO EXPECT AT GCSE 

All students at GCSE study the OCR Syllabus over the course of two years.
 

COMPONENT

CONTENT

SET PRODUCTS

1.TV & Promoting the Media

35% of GCSE

1hr 45 mins written examination

Section A: Television

Learners will engage with one in-depth study covering contemporary and historic television products, responding to questions covering the whole of the theoretical framework and a range of media contexts.

 

Section B: Promoting Media

Learners will study media products from the same global conglomerate producer illustrating the media forms of film, advertising and marketing, and video games

Cuffs

The Avengers

Lego Movie & Game

2. Music & News

35% of GCSE

1hr 15 mins written examination

Section A: Music

Learners will engage with one in-depth study covering magazines. Learners will also engage with music videos and radio. Learners will respond to questions covering the whole of the theoretical framework.

 

Section B: The News

Learners will engage with one in-depth study covering online, social and participatory media. Learners will also engage with newspapers. Learners will respond to questions covering the whole of the theoretical framework and a range of media contexts.

Mojo Magazine

Tinie Tempah - Not Letting Go

Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces

Radio 1 Live Lounge

The Observer

3. Practical Production

30% of GCSE

Non-Examined Assessment

Learners will create media products through applying knowledge and understanding of media language and media representations from the theoretical framework to express and communicate meaning to an intended audience.

 

Production briefs will always be set in the following media forms:

• Magazines

• Television

• Music video

• Online, social and participatory.

N/A

WHAT TO EXPECT AT A LEVEL 

All students at A LEVEL study the OCR Syllabus over the course of two years.
 

COMPONENT

CONTENT

SET PRODUCTS

1. Media Messages

35% of A LEVEL

2 hour written examination

Section A: News and Online Media

This section consists of two linked in-depth studies that focus on contemporary news in the UK, requiring learners to explore how and why newspapers and their online counterparts are evolving as media products and the relationship between both online and offline news.

Section B: Media Language and Representation Learners will explore media language and representation, through media products set by OCR in the following media forms: • magazines

• advertising and marketing

• music videos

The Daily Mail

The Guardian

Advertising campaigns for Old Spice, Shelter, Lucozade

The Big Issue

David Guetta - Titanium

Corinne Bailey Rae - Stop Where You Are

2. Evolving Media

35% of A LEVEL

2 hour written examination

Section A: Media Industries and Audiences

Learners will explore media industries and audiences, through media products set by OCR for:

• radio

• video games

• film*

*Film to be studied in relation to media industry only.

Section B: Long Form Television Drama

Learners will engage in one in-depth study of television as an evolving, global media form. Learners must study one complete episode of a contemporary English language long form TV drama and one complete episode of a non-English language long form TV drama to inform their study.

The Jungle Book

Minecraft

BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show

Stranger Things

The Killing

3. Practical Production

30% of A Level

Non-Examined Assessment

Learners will create a cross-media product in response to an OCR set brief.

Learners must choose one of the following:

• a television and online cross-media brief

• a magazine and online cross-media brief

• a radio and online cross-media brief

•a music video and online cross-media brief.

N/A