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Media Studies at Hanham Woods Academy

Course description

Media Studies is about ‘reading’ or decoding the thousands of media messages we receive from radio, television, film, magazines, newspapers, billboards, the internet and so on. It is about understanding who sends these messages, to whom, and why. You will watch films, television, listen to radio, read papers and magazines, surf the net, as well as reading the latest media theory from all the above media. You will also be expected to actively be searching for information from all of the above sources all the time; to be videoing, recording, cutting out and bringing in to summarise and feed back to the group. It’s too big a job for one person so team-work is essential. You will go to places such as BBC Broadcasting House and The Harry Potter Studio Tour. You will take part in organised location scouting in Bristol City Centre as preparation for your practical production. You will exhibit your AS and A Level films at the Kingswood Partnership Film Festival and will visit local cinemas, including the Watershed, Arnofini and various multiplex venues. You will also have the opportunity to meet, and listen to presentations from professionals from different sectors of the media industry, including television and print journalism.

Unit 1: Foundation Portfolio in Media In this unit students produce two paired media artefacts in response to a set task, for example, a preliminary exercise in which they demonstrate their skills with a camera and the editing software, followed by the successful production of the opening sequence of a film. The students are expected to complete pre-production activities such as location scouting and storyboarding, and will use iMovie software to edit their film during post-production. The students analyse and evaluate the finished artefact, presenting their thoughts in a digital form, such as an on-line blog or a PowerPoint presentation.

Unit 2: Key Media Concepts In Unit 2 students respond to two tasks. In Section A, they use their subject knowledge and skills to write an analysis of an unseen media text from TV Drama. In Section B, they answer one question on a specific area of study, from a choice of film, music, newspapers, radio, magazines or video games

Entry requirements

A Grade B or above in English and/or a Drama/Media Subject at GCSE is required

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hanham Woods Academy directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1- 2 years

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