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Media Studies

Exam Board: OCR

Course: GCSE Media Studies J526

Teacher of Media Studies:  Mr S. Trevorrow

 

INTRODUCTION

Most of the information we receive about the world comes through the media.  We rely on the media to keep us informed and to entertain us.  Every day, everywhere we go, we are bombarded with information, images and products created by the media. Studying the media is important if we are to understand the world we live in today.

YEAR 10 AND 11 ONLY

Content: 

Media Studies is the study of the methods of mass communication.  During the course we analyse a range of media including:

Print-based:

newspapers, magazines, comics, cartoons, posters, brochures, direct mail

Audio-visual:

TV, film, radio, DVD, photography

ICT based:

PCs, websites, digital technology, computer games

Cross media forms:

news, music, advertising

Assessment:

Coursework and controlled assessment:        60%
Examination (1 hour 45 minutes):                  40%
There is one tier of entry:                               A*- G

What skills will Media Studies teach me?

Analytical skills

you will learn to dissect and decode media texts, looking at them from a range of angles

Technical skills

during the course you will learn practical video production and editing techniques, producing a video for one coursework assignment

Communication skills

a small percentage of your grade is based on your writing ability; you will be taught how to approach written and verbal answers

Pre-production skills

to build your coursework portfolio you will learn how to plan a production task

Production skills

again, for your portfolio, you will be asked to produce your own media texts

Research skills

you will prepare, conduct and analyse your own research                            

Evaluation skills

you will be taught how to evaluate the success of your own production work

Knowledge

you will become more aware of the world around you and learn about audience theories, large media institutions and the techniques of filming