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Media Studies

What is Media Studies all about?

Media Studies is an Optional Subject for students in Years 10 and 11. Students will gain a BTEC Level 2 qualification which is the equivalent of two GCSEs. Students study four units two of which are practical and two theoretical. The two practical units are photography and film making. For the photography unit, students visit London and Thames Chase for cityscape and landscape photography ; we take and edit self-portraits and concentrate on pattern , texture and colour.

As well as digital photography, students have the opportunity to work with 35mm film. For the film unit, students study different genres of short film (information, adverts and music videos) and then make their own short film in one of these styles. They are also taught animation skills as part of this unit. The theoretical units are on communication and research skills and these will help students to develop cross-curricular skills in these areas. The qualification is portfolio based and evidence is accumulated throughout the two years prior to a final assessment at the end of Year 11.

What we learn in Media Studies.

In Media Studies at the moment we are making our own short films. We have already made a class music video in which everyone had a chance to film, act, write or edit. Using the skills that we learned making the class film I am going to make a short film about airplanes and airports as this is my hobby. I love Media Studies because we are given the opportunity to come up with our own ideas and then put them into action.

Zak Bihmoutine - Year 10


Curriculum Breakdown

Year 10 Main Topics
Research Primary Research e.g. questionnaires, focus groups, opinion polls
  Secondary Research e.g. internet searches, viewing figures
  Presenting quantitative data e.g. graphs, charts
  Analysing qualitative data e.g. bias, leading questions
  Storing data safely e.g. cloud, encryption
Digital Photography History of Photography e.g. pioneers, 35mm photography, digital photography
  Portrait Photography e.g. celebrity, human, animal
  Landscape Photography e.g. countryside, cityscapes, water
  Abstract Photography e.g. patterns, manipulated images
Year 11 Main Topic
Video Production Pre-Production e.g. risk assessments, story board, script
  Filming Techniques e.g. zoom, camera angles
  Post-Production Techniques e.g. editing, sound, captions, credits, transitions
  Animation e.g. flash, scratch
Communication Verbal Communication e.g. interviews, phone calls
  Non-Verbal Communication e.g. body language, symbols
  Written Communication e.g. emails, signs , memos, reports
  Presenting Information e.g. PowerPoint, Slide rocket, Advertisements

Enrichment Opportunities:

Students are encouraged to work at home and may borrow the school cameras if they complete a signing out sheet. Students are encouraged to be analytical when watching adverts or music videos and when looking at photographs in advertisements and newspapers. The school runs a thriving media club that works with professional photographers in association with the Wallace Collection, the BBC through its School Report project and various school based initiatives such as the making of a promotional DVD.

Students are also encouraged to visit the Nikon Gallery in Stratford Westfield.

Useful Links:

Portraits In Spaces | URL

Getty Images Gallery | URL

D Photographer | URL

Upcoming Events and News:

On Tuesday 5th February, we are delighted that a professional photographer will be working with our photography club on ‘Portraits in Space’ (see website above). This will be followed up by a visit by our students to the Wallace Collection in London on Tuesday 12th February. The work that the students produce will be placed on the museum’s website.