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MEDIA AND FILM STUDIES - A LEVEL

MEDIA STUDIES

Examination Board: OCR

Course Tutors: Mr Ed Gregson, Mrs Jess Cobb and Miss Charlotte Hales.

Costs: All hardware, software and consumables will be supplied, although students may have opportunities to use their own equipment, subject to compatibility testing.

AS Level

Course outline: The course emphasises the importance of learning new skills through practice and we aim to spend 50% of the course engaged on practical media production, particularly film production. The students will also learn how media texts are constructed and how social groups are represented in television drama.  Media students will also look into the companies and organisations that make the media and study how they operate, how they make money and how developing technologies are changing the ways audiences receive and consume the modern media.

Assessment

Foundation Portfolio – Coursework

Worth: 50% of AS (25% of A2)

Key Media Concepts - Exam

Worth: 50% of AS (25% of A2)

A2 Level

Course outline: The course will continue with a strong emphasis on practical work and learning media concepts through media production. The students will create an advanced portfolio of media, which must be made in several forms, and so for example, they may make a music video for a new single as their main production, but will also have to make a digi-pack (CD Case) for the album as well as a magazine ad to advertise the album. Alongside this the students will explore media theory and will consider their own production work and evaluate it using those theoretical frameworks. As well analysing their own work students will explore further issues in the contemporary media, specifically Postmodern Media.

Assessment

+50% from AS Level

Advanced Portfolio – Coursework

Worth: 25% of A2

Critical Perspective in Media - Exam

Worth: 25% of A2

Teaching and Learning Styles:  Practical work and learning new production skills is central to the course; the students will explore professionally made texts before they devise, plan, construct and evaluate their own.  The students will learn how computers can be used as a creative tool and they will edit both still and moving images as well as exploring DTP applications and audio editing applications.  The students will also encounter new ideas and learn how the media is produced and marketed; we begin with the students’ own consumption and reception of the media and use this experience as a jumping off point to explore current debates in and about the media and its impact on society and the individual.

 

FILM STUDIES

Examination Board: WJEC

Course Tutors: Mr Ed Gregson & Miss Charlotte Hales

Costs: None, although students are encouraged to buy the close study DVDs

AS Level:

Course outline:

In UNIT 1, Exploring Film Form the students learn about the techniques of film making and how film communicates to an audience. They watch films from a range of genres and share their favourite films with the class. Initially, they are required to complete a close study of a short film sequence and then write an essay which explains how it makes meaning. Later in the year they illustrate their learning by creating a photographic storyboard for a film sequence.

Assessment: (Coursework): A 1500 word analysis of a short clip from a film of their own choice, a practical, creative project, which takes the form of a storyboard or film sequence and a 750 word reflective analysis of their own project.

In UNIT 2, British and American Film students examine how Hollywood films and film industry and compare this with British. They will explore the distinctiveness of British Films and particularly the development of the horror genre in film made in the UK. Furthermore, the students will compare American Films from two different eras and consider the social and political context that is reflected in those films.

Assessment: 2 ½ hour examination. Three essays; one on British and American producers and audiences, another on British horror films and finally a comparative essay on two American films from different periods.

A Level:

In UNIT 3, Research and Creative, students will initiate and conduct a small-scale research project on a topic of their choosing; they will choose 3 films which are significant to their project, read widely round their chosen subject and prepare a formal presentation. They will also be required to produce an original screenplay for a short (5 minutes) sequence from a new film.

Assessment: (Coursework) An annotated catalogue of their research sources and the script for a presentation on that research. 1,800 word original screenplay and a 1,000 word reflective analysis which discusses their production decisions.

In UNIT 4, Issues and Debates, the students will explore cinema which is mostly unknown to them. Initially the students will engage with the concept of spectatorship and consider the relationship which exists between an audience and film, and how this relationship can be moulded and manipulated. The students will also look at a significant movement (surrealism) or themes (Poverty, Power & Conflict) in world cinema. Finally the class will do a detailed and exhaustive study of one film prescribed by the examination board; currently that film is Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)

Assessment: 2 ¾ hour examination.

Teaching and Learning Styles: A wide range of styles are used; presentations, group discussions, film screenings and students are encouraged to undertake independent study.

An interest in films, film making and a good level of written English are helpful when considering this subject.

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