In today’s world, the media saturates everything we do and this subject gives students the tools to analyse and critique the impact this has. As well as challenging students to develop a critical and theoretical understanding of the media, the subject also allows them the autonomy to create their own film openings and teaser trailers. The practical element of the course enables the students to be hugely creative as well as teaching them key vocational skills, such as to editing, Photoshop and website design.
Miss Lauren Hegley, Teacher of Media Studies
The aim of the Media Department is to foster creativity and to develop a student’s technical expertise through a number of practical topics ranging from film - making to web design. The Media team ensure students cultivate their analytical skills and develop a critical eye for both print and moving image texts and appreciate cinematographic skills across a choice of texts. The course is rich in variety and students benefit from the breadth of the subject when considering university and career paths. Many seek employment in the fast-paced, vibrant industries offered within media and complete undergraduate degrees which will prepare them for work in the music, television and film industries, marketing, journalism and post-production sectors. The department therefore ensures that students are aware of both creative and technological advances. The skills that media students develop by completing AS and A2 studies are easily transferable to other industries.
The department has 3 full time members of staff, who are an established teaching team at TGS. Students have access to an iMac suite with over 30 iMacs plus a variety of filming equipment and special effects make-up to enable students to complete their assignments. Media students have access to the iMac suite throughout the school day.
To take Media, students should have a GCSE pass at grade 6 or above in English. No prior experience of the subject is required.
The course is 50% practical, 50% examination thereby ensuring students will develop skills to ensure they can understand and produce all the stages of production and post-production used in Media assignments. Students are equipped both technically and theoretically to build on this foundation when applying for further education. The skills and knowledge the students gain are transferable to other sectors and give students greater flexibility in being able to move between industries.
The department has a consistent record of excellent examination achievement for A2 courses.
There are four components to this course:
PAPER 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking (2 hours and 30 minutes) – 35%
Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study) – 50 minutes; 40 marks
Film 1: Classical Hollywood – Casablanca (Curtiz, 1942)
Film 2: New Hollywood – Bonnie and Clyde (Penn, 1967)
Section B: American film since 2005 (two-film study) – 50 minutes; 40 marks
Film 1: Mainstream film La La Land (Chazelle, 2016).
Film 2: Contemporary independent film Frances Ha! (Baumbach, 2012)
Section C: British film since 1995 (two-film study) – 50 minutes; 40 marks
Trainspotting (Boyle, 1996)
This is England (Meadows, 2006)
PAPER 2: Global filmmaking perspectives (2 hours 30 minutes) – 35%
Section A: Section A: Global film (two-film study) – 60 minutes; 40 marks
Group 1: European film - Pan's Labyrinth (Del Toro, Spain, 2006)
Group 2: Outside Europe - City of God (Mereilles, Brazil, 2002)
Section B: Documentary film - 30 minutes
Amy (Kapadia, UK, 2015)
Section C: Film movements - Silent cinema
You will be studying one of the following:
Keaton shorts - One Week (1920), The Scarecrow (1920), The 'High Sign' (1921) and Cops (1922)
Man With a Movie Camera (Vertov, USSR, 1929) and A Propos de Nice (Vigo, 1930)
Strike (Eisenstein, USSR, 1924)
Sunrise (Murnau, US, 1927)
Spies (Lang, Germany, 1928).
Section D: Film Movements – Experimental Film (1960-200)
Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, US, 1994)
Coursework: Production and Evaluation – 30%
Production (40 marks)
Option 1: Film and edit a short film (4-5 minutes)
Option 2: Write a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words)
Evaluation: (20 marks)
Written evaluation of product (1600-1800 words)
Many students who study Media courses will go on to be involved in creative industries such as TV / film, post production, special effects, CGI and digital media. By studying Media many universities offer degrees which pair Media with English. Other areas that Media graduates can move into are advertising, journalism and PR.