St. Paul’s Catholic College 64770
Candidate Name: Taylor Sabga
Candidate Number: 6485
Unit G321: Foundation Portfolio in Media Studies
Week Beginning Work Completed
Summer Holidays Magazine purchased (magazine of inspiration)
Monday 9th September -Created blog page on wordpress.com.
-Learnt the specification.
-I also researched last year’s exemplar work to give me an
understanding of the standard my work should be completed to.
-I leant how double page spreads in music magazines are used
and how they are laid out.
Monday 16th September
Monday 23rd September Learnt Katz’ uses and gratification theory
Learnt Marlow’s Hierarchy of needs
Learnt Hartley’s Seven Subjectivities
I used survey monkey to create a survey for my coursework.
On Fridays lesson I started my preliminary task which is to
design a front cover for a school magazine, this was challenging
as I am new to Photoshop.
Monday 30th September This week I went to an academy class in London, I learnt skills
from a professional on Photoshop skills, I personally found the
sessions extremely helpful as I am now able to use Photoshop in a
more professional way such. I also learnt how to use the quick
selection tool in a more useful way. The trainer for the Photoshop
sessions was Tony Harmer. This week I also started my
preliminary task for my front cover the skills I acquired from the
academy class will really help me complete my front cover and
make it look more professional.
Monday 7th October In todays lesson I made significant progress on my preliminary
Monday 14th October In todays lesson I started my preliminary front cover, I made
progress as I completed my hand drawn template, which will
help me complete the preliminary contents page. In todays lesson
I completed my editorial, this is good progress as my deadline for
the preliminary contents page is the Friday 26th October. I also
added a picture of myself for my editorial, the image I used was
my fresh net display picture. I learnt how to use the grab tool
which I used to get the image from the internet.
Monday 21st October In todays lesson I made significant progress on my preliminary
contents page. I added edited my editorial, as there were a few
tweaks that were needed to be made. Also I took a few images for
my main image on my contents page, this took a fair amount of
time to complete because I hade to use the magic wand tool.
Monday 4th November In todays lesson I started my hand drawn draft. I learnt that I
have to keep my magazine extremely similar to my magazine of
inspiration (XXL). I also got a font for my magazine name/logo
from ‘dafont.com’. the font was fairly difficult to find as it had to
stay to the conventions of my music magazine as it was a simple
Monday 11th November In todays lesson I started my main front cover, the logo still needs
to be completed however I completed placing my barcode and
adding a date, website, issue number and social network logos
(facebook and twitter). On Fridays lesson I made significant
progress on my magazine front cover by completing my
masthead, strapline and creating and finished my main headline.
The completion of my main front cover is going well as next week
I will only have to take high quality pictures then manipulate
them to fit the purpose of my magazine (Hip-Hop).
Monday 18th November In todays lesson I made significant progress on my front cover.
The cover lines, main headline are completed. I took pictures for
my front cover and my main image, I also took a few pictures for
thumbnail images which will be placed on the top right of the
page. In todays lesson I also made sure that my front cover is
completed and ready to put the main image onto the page. The
deadline for my completed front cover is this Friday. In todays
lesson I completed my front cover to the highest possible
standard. I spent a lot of the lesson manipulating the main image
to a high quality image and it paid off.
Monday 25th November In todays lesson is started my main task contents page, it was
fairly straight forward because I was only making a template for
the contents page which will make it easier for me to start on
Fridays lesson. I also completed my contents page hand drawn
draft, this proved difficult as my music magazine of inspiration
had a fairly weak contents page so I created a hybrid front cover
of ‘Kerrang’ ‘XXL’.
Monday 2nd December In todays lesson I made more progress on my contents page, I
took loads of images but the quality was not good and decided to
use more props to make the person I was using to fir the purpose,
the props used was a chain, a jumper with a hood and a snapback
Monday 9th December In todays lesson I manipulated the images I took last lesson, I
added effects to the images, made the images sharper and
changed the sizes to fit onto the page, I also used the pen tool to
make the text go round the images.
Monday 16th December In todays lesson in finished most of my contents page, I just need
to add suitable sub lines, I can do this by using the sub lines and
headline from the front cover to make the quality of the page
higher, I also had to change some of the colors to fit the color
Monday 6th January In todays lesson I started my main task double page spread, I
inserted my magazine logo, date and page number onto the page.
I also started and almost completed my main task double page
spread hand drawn task as I just need to color it in and add more
Monday 13thJanuary In todays lesson I made significant progress on my double page
interview, I made the questions in word so that the software can
spell check if anything was wrong with my alliteration. I also took
images for my double page spread all I have to do now is
manipulate the images.
Monday 20th In todays lesson I made progress on my double page spread, I
took my images during the week, which I had to organize as I
wanted the images to fit the purpose which is a person to look
like a rapper.
Monday 27th January In todays lesson I made many corrections to my double page
spread, this included editing the main image by adding effects to
fit the purpose, I used an effect on Photoshop called ‘Smart
sharpen’ which makes the image look sharper and more
Monday 3rd February In todays lesson I made progress on my preliminary task hand
drawn drafts, I had to make them to a higher quality, I done this
by adding color and outlining everything in pencil to make it look
a higher quality then it did before.
Monday 10th February In todays lesson I completed my main task double page spread, it
took me almost two hours to make the image fit the purpose,
changed the font and style of my questionnaire to make it easier
to read for the reader.
Monday 17th February In this weeks lesson I completed all my hand drawn drafts which
didn’t take to long as I knew what I wanted my pages to look like
and what layout I would use.
Monday 24th February This week I completed my double page spread, my hand drawn
drafts for the double page and then uploaded it to the blog page. I
also created a blog page as I had one or two issues with the one I
was currently using.
Monday 3rd march This week I completed most of my coursework corrections, it was
time consuming, as I had to change things and make it to the
highest quality. I mad corrections to my double page spread,
which is now completed, which I then uploaded to my blog page.
Monday 10th march In todays lesson I completed all my corrections for my main task
front cover. As I had completed most of my corrections in the
previous lesson I only had to edit the main image and move add a
few more rappers to fill the blank space.
Monday 17th march In todays lesson I made significant progress to my blog page, I
changed the files from a PDF to a JPG which allowed me to upload
them onto the blog page. I uploaded all my hand drawn drafts
preliminary and main task drafts onto the blog page.