Media Course Outline
KS4 MEDIA STUDIES
AQA GCSE MEDIA STUDIES SINGLE AWARD
Controlled Assessments account for 60% of a pupil’s final GCSE grade.
This consists of 3 Assignments:
- Assignment 1 – DVD Marketing
- Here students both analyse how existing films are marketed through the use of DVD covers and design a DVD cover for a film idea that they have developed.
- Assignment 2 – Cross Media Promotion of Music
- Here students will investigate how a particular band/artiste is represented across a range of media platforms. They will then apply this knowledge through the creation of a website and music video storyboard to help promote their own artist.
- Assignment 3 – Creating Media
- This assignment allows students to research, plan and create a media product of their choice. Students are responsible for maintaining a sketchbook that will detail the whole production process.
The Examination accounts for 40% of the final GCSE grade and is sat at the end of Year 11. The examination is 1 ½ hours long and requires students to answer 4 questions. The topic area for the examination changes each year. In 2012 the topic is Television Crime Drama.
Students receive Preliminary Material to help them prepare for the examination – most likely they will have to respond to a set brief, develop their own creative ideas and be able to discuss the success and appeal of the genre under study.
BTEC Level 2 – Creative Digital Media Production
The course is designed to inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the creative digital media industries, rather than just to participate in media recreationally. The BTEC gives learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the creative digital media sectors.
The course comprises of four units over the two years;
- Unit 1 - Digital Media Sectors and Audiences – 90 minute Exam
Students will need to learn and retain Media knowledge and understanding throughout the course in order to perform well in the exam.
- Unit 2 - Planning and Pitching a Digital Media Product
In this unit learners will use their verbal, written and visual communication skills to enable them to formulate, develop and pitch ideas of a product that they then plan to produce.
- Unit 3 - Digital Moving Image Production
In this unit learners will investigate key features of digital moving image productions, including structures, generic conventions and audience address, in preparation for the making of a film or video.
- Unit 6 - Website Production
In this unit, learners will explore the technical requirements for website production: how to organise and manage the production of a website, plan and prepare suitable content, and create hyperlinks between pages.
KS5 MEDIA STUDIES
AQA A LEVEL MEDIA STUDIES
This 2 year course is split in to 4 Units – overall 50% of the course is assessed through Coursework and 50% through Examination.
- Unit 1 – Investigating Media
Here students will develop an understanding of the major Key Media Concepts through the study of a range of Media texts. In particular students will embark on a case study that investigates the art of storytelling in the digital media age. This unit is assessed via an examination sat at the end of Year 12.
- Unit 2 – Creating Media
This is the coursework unit whereby students devise a cross media production in response to a set brief. Currently the brief revolves around producing marketing materials for a new low budget, alternative British Independent film. Students will work their way through a production process from researching existing products to the conception and production of their own film trailer and associated website or magazine articles that will help to sell the film.
- Unit 3 – Critical Perspectives in the Media
This unit is split in to two major areas of study – Media Representations and the Impact of New Media Technology. Students will engage with a range of very topical media theories / issues / debates such as Postmodernism, the Culture of Fear, Moral Panics, The Culture Industries, Hyper-reality and many more. This unit is assessed via an examination whereby students will have to compare two media texts and then answer an essay question based on the topics above.
- Unit 4 – Critical Investigation
This is the coursework unit in Year 13 Media Studies and involves two main stage. Firstly students devise their own essay question in relation to a media topic or issue of their choice. Having researched and written an essay to answer this they then have to produce a Linked Production that is inspired by the topic under study. For example a student who looks at the role of women in Soap Opera might then produce the opening to a brand new Soap that allows this understanding to be demonstrated.
A LEVEL APPLIED MEDIA – EXAMINATION BOARD EDEXCEL
The Applied Media A Level comprises solely of unit based coursework with no seated examination.
The AS course consists of 3 units, each worth equal marks. However, to complete the full A Level students need to add the final 3 units. The purpose of the course is to allow students to gain a full understanding of professional media industries by simulating industry practices in developing media products.
- Unit 1: Industries, Texts and Audiences
- Unit 2: Skills for Media Production
- Unit 3: Media Production Brief
- Unit 4: Research and Development for Media Production
- Unit 5: Media Production Project
- Unit 6: Professional Practice in the Media Industries
- Unit 1: The focus of this unit is to investigate the structure and working conditions of media industries and how that informs the products they make.
- Unit 2: Students choose from a range of real advertising briefs for a proposed TV commercial and simulate the process an advertising agency would go through from research and ideas through to making the actual media product.
- Unit 3: Building on skills learnt in Unit 2, the exam board provide a set of creative briefs, which change each year, for students to answer.
A2 Units – the three units that make up the A2 course really form one big project. Students simulate a small Film Production Company planning to make a short film.
- Unit 4: This is the pre-production unit when research and planning tasks are completed. The unit involves filming an exploratory scene for the proposed short film and presenting a full pitch and treatment to try and secure funding for the project.
- Unit 5: This is the production unit when the project is filmed and edited. Professional tasks such as writing scripts, planning call sheets and writing requests to film in public locations are also completed
- Unit 6: This is the post-production unit when the student analyses their finished product and compares it to professional examples of short film. Students also investigate a range of industry constraints on filmmakers, ranging from copyright and certification laws to working within the constraint of the Hayes School code of conduct.
A LEVEL FILM STUDIES – EXAMINATION BOARD WJEC
||Exploring Film Form
||40% internal assessment
||British and American Film
||60 % exam
||Film Research and Creative Projects
||50% internal assessment
||Varieties of Film Experience Issues and Debates
AS FILM STUDIES
FM1 consists of two assignments
- Assignment 1 – Micro Analysis Essay Students choose a section of a favourite film to analyse, looking at how elements such as sound, mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing etc have been used to construct the sequence.
- Assignment 2 – PAL coursework This assignment allows students to either create a film sequence from an invented feature film or a digital storyboard of the sequence.
FM2 consists of three sections. Students answer a question from each section in the examination
- Section 1 – Producers and Audiences Students choose from 2 sets of Stimulus Material and answer the relevant question. This section tests students knowledge of the UK and USA film industries.
- Section 2 – British Film Topics The topic taught for this section is the final topic “Borders and Belonging” which looks at films dealing with issues of immigration and asylum.
- Section 3 – American Film - Comparative Study This section requires candidates to do a comparative analysis of two American films. At present, the two films studied are Donnie Darko and Rebel without a Cause.
A2 FILM STUDIES
FM3 consists of two assignments
- Assignment 1 – Small Scale Research Project Students are given an opportunity to choose their own film topic to research and create a presentation on.
- Assignment 2 – PAL coursework Again, there are two options for the creative work, both related to the Short Film format – to create a short film or to create the screenplay for a short film.
FM4 consists of three sections. Students answer a question from each section in the examination
- Section 1 – World Cinema Topics The topic taught for this section is “Urban Stories – Power, Poverty & Conflict”. We look at films from countries as diverse as Brazil, France, China and Germany.
- Section 2 – Spectatorship Topics We actually have time to cover two topics from this section: Documentary and Popular Film & Emotional Response. This gives students are wider set of questions to choose from in the examination.
- Section 3 – American Film - Comparative Study This section involves an in-depth analysis of an American film chosen from a list provided. At present, our focus film is “Fight Club”.