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Media Studies

In Media Studies, our aim is to provide students with the tools necessary to understand the ways in which information is communicated through media products and technologies. We do this through an engaging and stimulating curriculum that encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills, and consider the different ways that they use the media to understand the world around them. We live in a society that is dominated by media images and technologies. Each day we are exposed to an endless stream of images, videos, news stories, television shows, advertisements and films. Media Studies aims to help students make sense of how these media products communicate messages, either explicitly or implicitly, and how our view of the world, and of ourselves, can be shaped and influenced by these products. As well as this, we also encourage creative production of media products, with a focus on producing a range of professional and engaging media products. These range from websites to newspapers, to magazines, television shows, films, marketing materials and music videos. This type of project helps our students develop their independent study skills, and also their technical knowledge of production, including photography, filmmaking, editing and writing.

 

Media Studies - Example Work

The Department

The Media Studies department is small - GCSE Media Studies is taught and managed by the Subject Leader, Mr Lamb, a Media Studies specialist. Mr Lamb lives and breathes Media Studies - if there is a TV show, he’s probably seen it and if there is a video game, he will claim he’s great at it. Along with Mr Woolley, who also teaches A Level Media Studies, we aim to create a department that is enthusiastic and deeply engaged in the subject. We often come into lessons to students desperate to talk about the latest Netflix documentary they’ve watched (and why they think it’s biased after spending their whole weekend reading about some grisly crime or another). We like to think that we are approachable and open to our students, and provide opportunities for everyone to find their speciality within what is a very broad subject. The Media Studies Department is often involved in whole school activities, and being part of the English Department means we have strong links with other parts of the curriculum, for example the Belvedere Journal, in which students often find themselves writing about popular culture such as films and video games.

Course organisation

Year 10

Half Terms

1 & 2

Introduction to the course Study of exam Close Study Product - Magazines

Half Terms

3 & 4

Study of exam Close Study Products - Newspapers Study of exam Close Study Products - Music Videos

Half Terms

5 & 6

Study of exam Close Study Products - Online and Video Games


The introduction of the NEA production work

Study of exam Close Study Products - Online and Video Games


Continuation of the NEA production work

 

Year 11

Half Terms

1 & 2

Study of exam Close Study Product - Television Study of exam Close Study Product - Advertising

Half Terms

3 & 4

Study of exam Close Study Product - Radio


Submission of NEA work

Study of exam Close Study Product - Film

Half Terms

5 & 6

Exam Revision/Preparation

Exam Revision/Preparation

Year 12

Half Terms

1 & 2

Introduction to Media Studies Study of exam Close Study Product - Television

Half Terms

3 & 4

Study of exam Close Study Products - Magazines and Social Media

Study of exam Close Study Products - Video games and advertising

Half Terms

5 & 6

Study of exam Close Study Products - Video games and music videos

 

Introduction to NEA briefs

Study of exam Close Study Products - Video games and music videos

Year 13

Half Terms

1 & 2

Study of exam Close

Study Products - Magazines and newspapers

Study of exam Close

Study Products - Newspapers

Half Terms

3 & 4

Study of exam Close

Study Products - Radio

 

Submission of NEA work

Study of exam Close

Study Products - Radio and Film

Half Terms

5 & 6

Exam Revision/Preparation

Exam Revision/Preparation

 

Enrichments

Filmmaking

Media Debates

Lower School Introduction to Media Studies

Dungeons & Dragons (Not strictly Media Studies but Mr Lamb loves it!)

 

Trips

The Media Studies department is often very involved in school wide trips. Students create films on the Ski Trip (Organised by Mr Lamb), the New York trip and the Paris trip.

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