Media Studies

Why study Media Studies?

Media texts saturate our society. Visual communication is central to our understanding of the world. The ability to decode the media is essential literacy for modern life.

Course Content 
The department follows the OCR syllabus.

Year 12 (AS) will take:

AS G321: Foundation Portfolio in Media - (50% of marks)

Video:
Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges 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.

AS G322: Key Media Concepts (TV Drama) – (50% of marks)

The purpose of these units is first to assess candidates’ media textual analysis skills and their understanding of the concept of representation using a short unseen moving image extract (AO1, AO2); second to assess candidates’ knowledge and understanding of media institutions and their production processes, distribution strategies, use of technologies and related issues concerning audience reception and consumption of media texts (AO1, AO2):

The examination is two hours (including 30 minutes for viewing and making notes on the moving image extract) and candidates are required to answer two compulsory questions. The unit is marked out of a total of 100, with each question marked out of 50.

There are two sections to this paper:

Section A: Textual Analysis and Representation (50 marks)

Section B: Institutions and Audiences (50 marks)

For Section B centres may choose to focus on one of the following media industries:

  • Film
  • Music
  • Newspapers
  • Radio
  • Magazines
  • Video games

Year 13 (A2) will take:

A2 G324: Advanced Portfolio in Media (25% of total A Level marks)

This is a coursework/practical unit. Two example briefs can be seen below:

1. A promotion package for the release of an album, to include a music promo video, together with two of the following three options:

  • a website homepage for the band;
  • a cover for its release on DVD;
  • a magazine advertisement for the DVD.

2. A promotion package for a new film, to include a teaser trailer, together with two of the following three options:

  • a website homepage for the film;
  • a film magazine front cover, featuring the film;
  • a poster for the film.

A2 G325: Critical Perspectives in Media (25% of total A Level marks)

The purpose of this unit is to assess candidates’ knowledge and understanding of media concepts, contexts and critical debates, through their understanding of one contemporary media issue and their ability to evaluate their own practical work in reflective and theoretical ways.

The examination is two hours. Candidates are required to answer two compulsory questions, on their own production work, and one question from a choice of six topic areas. The unit is marked out of a total of 100, with the two questions on production work marked out of 25 each, and the media theory question marked out of 50.

There are two sections to this paper:

Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production (50 marks)

Section B: Contemporary Media Issues (see choice of topics below) – (50 marks)

  • Contemporary Media Regulation
  • Global Media
  • Media and Collective Identity
  • Media in the Online Age
  • Post-modern Media
  • ‘We Media’ and Democracy

Assessment:

Year 12 AS

Foundation Portfolio = 50%
(25% of total A Level)

Key Media Concepts = 50%
(2 hour exam)
(25% of total A Level)

Year 13 A2

Advanced Portfolio in Media = 25%

Critical Perspectives = 25%
(2 hour exam)

Style of Learning

On the OCR course you can develop and utilise your skills in research and practical work at both AS and A2. The course combines the practical and theoretical. You apply what you have learned through deconstruction of a range of texts to your own practical work.

Career Opportunities

Newlands students have successfully applied to dedicated Media courses, ranging from the theoretical to the almost totally practical. Work experience is essential for students planning a career in the media. Our students have read the news on cable channels, written for local newspapers and worked in Public Relations companies. Other students have chosen to combine media with Business, Law, Theatre and Information Technology.

Staff Contacts: 
Mr R Long (Head of Media Studies)
Mrs L Hill
Mrs S Nuttycombe

 

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