Media Studies

The Media Studies department at Hylands School aims to foster a greater degree of understanding of the role that the media increasingly plays in our daily lives. Students will acquire a sound foundation in the main conceptual approaches and debates of Media Studies.

Production work is an important component of the course. We believe that the value of production work is that it allows candidates to translate theory into practise, by demonstrating knowledge and understanding of technical skills in their own media productions, as well as to engage them in creative and imaginative activity.

Key Stage 4

WJEC GCSE

The course is designed to allow media students to draw on their existing experience of the media to develop their abilities to explore as well as create media including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, organisations and audiences/users.



The course is based on 3 independent study areas:

  • The products of the media – media texts (explored in terms of genre, narrative and representation)

  • The organisations behind those texts (explored in terms of production, distribution and regulatory issues)

  • The audiences for, and users of, those texts



  • The course is organised in terms of two central activities:

  • Theoretical thinking about the media, involving investigating and analysing media texts and their various contexts

  • Creating for the media, involving planning, producing and presenting media texts

Assessment

Assessment in Media Studies reflects the dependence of these two activities on each other. The examination paper is divided into two sections (thinking about the media and planning the media); and the internal controlled assessment includes two investigations and a production which encourage thinking as well as creating.

 

Examination - 40 % Coursework - 60 %

Key Stage 5

A Level Media Studies



This course provides a suitable foundation for the study of Media Studies or a related area through a range of higher education degree courses; progression to the next level of applied qualifications (e.g. some degree and HND courses); or direct entry into employment. In addition, the course provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for candidates who do not wish to further study in this subject.



The course is designed to allow media students to draw on their existing experience of the media and to develop their abilities to respond critically to the media. It enables students to explore a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, industry and audiences.



The subject is designed to encourage candidates to:

  • Enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives.

  • Develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of production skills

  • Explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts

  • Become independent in research skills and their application in their production work and in developing their own views and interpretations

Assessment

Candidates must meet the following assessment objectives throughout the course :

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of media concepts, contexts and critical debates.

  • Apply knowledge and understanding when analysing media products and processes, and when evaluating their own practical work, to show how meanings and responses are created.

  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and construct media products using appropriate technical and creative skills.

  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake, apply and present appropriate research.

The Media Suite houses 9 x PC's, 5 x Mac Minis & 4 x g4 Macs. Students have access to digital video cameras and still cameras as well as specialist software for production of audio-visual media texts and animation.