Media Studies is almost uniquely placed within the Curriculum. It sits at a crossroads encompassing the arts, social sciences and technology – a true renaissance subject. As such, students undertaking Media Studies are able to utilise subject skills from every other discipline studied; it is one of the few subjects with which students can actively engage within a “real world” context. The Media is the vehicle by which the human race intellectually navigates the world and, as a global phenomenon, the Media has become part of an ever-developing Global Culture and Global Language. It is not just a subject but a way in which we can learn about our world and about all other subjects. There is no aspect of school and of life in which a knowledge of Media is not a pre-requisite for success.Mr Scargill May 2010
Our expectations of you You have an interest in The Media. You are reasonably proficient in the use of computer technology. If you are lacking in any of the above, you are a fast learner. You pay close attention to detailed instructions. You are interested in technology and the Web. You will commit yourself fully to study and practical work outside of school hours and during study periods. You have excellent attendance (at least 98%). You will keep your school Inbox free as I will email useful stuff to you on a regular basis.
My deal The specification will be covered and you will be thoroughly prepared for your assessment. Work will be marked within 10 school days and feedback will guide you to improvement. There will be a weekly Media Surgery after school for one hour. The Media Department’s equipment will be available during the school day under Mr Scargill’s supervision.
Head of Department: Mr ScargillSpecialist Areas:Media TheoryVideo GamesFilm EditingCameraworkSocial MediaWeb 2.o
What you will study G321: AS Coursework Portfolio (50%) of the grade.Film MediaPreliminary exercise: Continuity task involving the filming and editing of a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges in a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.Main task: the titles and opening of a new fiction film, to last a maximum of two minutes.
Coursework Assessment Your research, planning and method will be recorded on a live blog that the examiner will be given access to. Your film will be presented to the examiner as a DVD.
What you will study G322 Key Media ConceptsA two hour long examination in which you will:Analyse an unseen 5 minute clip of a recent TV Drama.
What you will study Institutions and Audiences: a one hour examination question. The institution for 2012 / 13 is The Video Games Industry.
Don’t Panic! Mr Scargill will be able to teach you to use any software packages you need to use. You are given ample time and support as well as modern facilities upon which to create your coursework. It is hard work but it is also fun.