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Media Studies

Media Studies

Subject Leader: Dr T Dedman 

Film Studies is taught at GCSE and A level. Both courses follow current EDUQAS specifications.

The subject explores a range of different films, from silent cinema and documentary through to contemporary Hollywood blockbusters. Students are encouraged to develop their creative skills as well as their analytical ability, as each course includes a practical film-making element as part of the formal assessment. In order to create film products, students have use of Adobe Premiere Pro as part of the Adobe suite.

The Film Studies programmes of study and schemes of work are designed to enable students to:

  • develop their appreciation and critical understanding of film as an aesthetic art form, an entertainment industry and as a medium for imparting ideological perspectives
  • develop their practical and creative skills through opportunities for film-making
  • understand how to use theoretical frameworks to analyse films in their various contexts

Key Stage 4

Students work on a number of tasks, some for examination and some for coursework purposes. The specification is split into sections on American Film and Global Film, encouraging students to engage with films from around the world in order to explore social contexts. Films such as “Juno” and “Let The Right One In” are currently taught. The GCSE course expects students to develop an understanding of how technological changes have impacted upon the film industry as an entertainment platform and there is the Non Examined Assessment requirement to fulfil, wherein all students individually create a short film extract.

Key Stage 5

Students look at a range of different film types, ranging from silent cinema to experimental films of the 1990s. Films such as “Vertigo”, “Boyhood” and “Pulp Fiction” are currently studied as part of the course. Students develop their analytical skills, exploring how audiences are positioned, shaped and manipulated through construction devices such as the use of cinematography, editing and mise en scene. Students also create their individual Non Examined Assessment pieces as part of their A level studies.

Enrichment

The department is regularly involved in cross-curricular projects with other subject specialisms such as Geography, Music and P.E. Students have the opportunity to contribute towards whole school Drama productions, particularly in advertising and marketing.  Students practical work has been entered for a number of national competitions, with two pieces of work winning first prize in different awards within the past five years. For the past decade, A level students have had the opportunity to visit New York as part of their studies, visiting institutions such as NBC studios, the Museum of Moving Image and Radio City Music Hall.