Miss Leanne Madge
What do students study?
Students study the OCR Media Studies A Level.
In the first year, students will have an introduction to Media Studies by studying the television and film industry, as well as media audiences. They will explore how films and television programmes are constructed and how audiences understand them. Students will have the opportunity to try out lots of different mediums including stop motion animation, radio, television, advertising and film. They will then research a film genre of their choice and produce their own film trailer and poster campaign as part of their coursework. This will also involve an evaluation of their work, reflecting on Media Studies theories, issues and debates.
In the second year, the students explore how the media industry is regulated and how this has developed. There will be plenty of opportunities to explore the arguments surrounding media censorship and the students are encouraged to explore their own opinions. Students also conduct an extended practical task where they make a media product of their choice. This project involves researching existing examples and evaluating their own work. The students are encouraged to be experimental, learn through mistakes and express themselves through their practical work. As a group, we will also keep up to date with developments in the media industry by debating contemporary issues and gaining a wider awareness of a range of subjects within the news.
Each student has a personal online blog to record their progress throughout the course and to present their practical portfolios.
How are students assessed?
In each year of the course, the students are assessed through a coursework portfolio (50% of each year) and an exam (50% of each year).
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