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Media studies

During their exciting dive into the world of media, pupils will explore every aspect of the media. Starting with the film industry, students will gain a deep understanding of the various stages of the production process that lead to final cinematic release. They will analyse film posters from across the decades, picking apart the messages for audiences.

Pupils will then delve into the booming industries responsible for creating their favourite video games and the impacts, both beneficial and alarming, that these have on their audiences. Regarding culture and history, we then go on to explore the challenges of the radio and newspaper industries as they fight to maintain their places in our modern, digital age. We also investigate how the news, both fake and real, can deliberately influence, manipulate and even mislead their audiences. Continuing with print media, pupils look at the shockingly unrealistic standards that have been set in magazines and advertising, and how more progressive messages are being sent to audiences in modern media texts. Moving back into the world of moving images, pupils will examine the worlds of TV crime drama and music videos. Within this, pupils will also undergo the creation of their own media texts, allowing them to get hands-on experience with the technology used to create a truly professional standard piece of work.

With the enormous growth and development of technology, media studies has never been such a fundamental part of education. Through this journey, pupils will encounter a variety of different media formats from a wide range of times and cultures. From exploring the racial stereotyping in TV crime dramas, to the cinematic misrepresentation of women as temptresses and damsels in distress, from understanding the processes of newspaper production to the actual production of their own magazines, this stimulating course nurtures artistic self-expression and encourages reflective thinking.

Curriculum information

Year 

Autumn 

Spring 

Summer 

10 

Introductions then Film Marketing and the Videogames Industry and Radio 

Industries and Audiences and TV Crime Drama 

Magazines and coursework planning (Non-Exam Assessment) 

11 

Radio and Industry. 

TV Crime Drama 

Coursework completion (Non- Exam Assessment) 

Revision. Everything for Components one and two. 

 

I never look at Instagram or television in the same way now! It’s made me question everything I used to think.
Year 10 student
Social media can’t be trusted because it isn’t regulated. Anyone can say anything they want. I’ve learned how to seek out sites without bias. You need to go to places you know are regulated, like news, websites or magazine accounts.
Year 11 student