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Media Studies

AIMS OF MEDIA STUDIES

  • To develop critical thinking and decision making skills, through issues and technology that are important and real to the world we live in.
  • To develop a critical understanding of the media and its role in our daily lives.
  • To develop practical skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity.
  • To understand the key media concepts.

 

THE CURRICULUM

For GCSE Media Studies, we follow the AQA syllabus. The exam course is split into 2 units.

  • Unit 1: Investigating the Media - 40% of the GCSE - Candidates research and produce practical work based on a case study provided by the exam board. There is an external exam, during which pupils can demonstrate their knowledge through analytical and production tasks.


2015 External exam topic - Television News
2016 External exam topic - Science Fiction Films
2017 External exam topic - Game Shows

  • Unit 2: Understanding the Media - 60% of the GCSE - Pupils engage in three Assignments:

Assignment 1:

Topic Analytical Task Research and Planning Task
Packaging of DVDs Analyse the covers of two film or television programme DVDs. How does each cover appeal to its target audience? Design a DVD cover for a film or television programme targeted at a specific audience.

Assignment 2:

Topic Analytical Task Research and Planning Task
Promotion of Music Explore the way in which one band or artiste is represented and promoted across two different media platforms.

Audio visual:
• a music video
• a radio or television interview

Print or web-based:
• a magazine article
• a poster advertising a tour
• a web page
• the sleeve for a CD or vinyl release.

Present your ideas for promoting a band or artiste across two different media platforms.

Audio-visual:
• a ten frame storyboard of an extract from a music video
• a script for a radio or television interview

Print or web-based. A mock-up design for:
• a magazine article
• a poster advertising a tour
• a web page
• a sleeve for a CD or vinyl release.

 

Assignment 3:

Topic Production Task Research and Planning Task
Moving Image A trailer or opening sequence of approximately two minutes duration for a feature film or television programme aimed at a specific audience. Evidence of research into existing products of a similar nature and into their potential audience should be submitted, perhaps in the form of annotated analyses of existing texts, charts, surveys or questionnaires. Candidates will need to submit evidence of planning, perhaps in the form of briefs, sketches, scripts, storyboards, mock-ups, drafts, contact sheets, flat plans etc..
OR
Print Four pages, including the front cover or front page, for a magazine or newspaper, aimed at specific audience. Evidence of research into existing products of a similar nature and into their potential audience should be submitted, perhaps in the form of annotated analyses of existing texts, charts, surveys or questionnaires. Candidates will need to submit evidence of planning, perhaps in the form of briefs, sketches, scripts, storyboards, mock-ups, drafts, contact sheets, flat plans etc..
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