This course is attractive to students who wish to develop their education in Media Studies. It would suit students with an expressive and articulate writing style. It would be applicable to those seeking a career in the creative arts, or perhaps the production side of media industries. What does this course aim to do? The study of the media at GCSE requires an aptitude in a number of areas:
The ability to engage with a variety of specified media texts;
A good grasp of textual and content analysis;
The ability to work as part of a team; and
Good media production skills
You will utilise your ability to deconstruct and evaluate media texts to reflect heavily on your own development throughout the course. You will also be required to evaluate your work in terms of a media concept, which will have been developed throughout course. There is also coursework element in GCSE Media Studies. You will be required to create two media products; one major piece and one ancillary product. This will include a combination of production disciplines, including Print and Audio, which will require you to reflect on your own work, critically evaluating its strengths and weaknesses. These tasks will enable you to produce industry-standard products.
What Skills Will Students Develop When Studying Photography?
Creative and imaginative powers and the practical skills with cameras and computers for communicating and expressing ideas, feelings and meanings in digital photography. The uses and importance of light, view points, composition, and depth of field in photography.
How to manipulate the image, using digital technology, through electronic and mechanical means including laser, computer, scanners and photocopiers. Knowledge and understanding of photography in contemporary societies and in other times and cultures.
Which topics will I study
The specification includes the following:
What skills will I develop?
Media Studies enables you to maturely understand how the media affects the audience and enable you to look behind the scenes of a media product.
You will learn practical skills about the whole media production process, by learning how to plan for your audience, produce a media text and evaluate the effectiveness of it.
You will learn about the democratising power of the internet, and self-analysis.
Investigating the Media Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins – 60 marks – 40%
External Assessment Based on pre-released topic with guidance and Available June
Understanding the Media Controlled Assessment taken from banks of set assignments – 90 marks – 60% Three Assignments: Introductory assignment; Cross-media assignment; Practical Production and Evaluation. Available June