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St Peter's
Catholic School

Media Studies

Ms C McKinlay

Head of Media Studies

The Team

Mr P Bates Head of Computing
Mrs H Holland Mrs H Holland

Introduction to the Department

In the Media Studies Department, we aim to introduce students to new practical and creative skills in media production. We equip them with knowledge of the technical elements involved in producing their own media products, as well as an understanding of the theoretical concepts underpinning the production and reception of media texts.

Key Stage 5 Information

Over the two year course, students will study a range of media products including TV dramas, films, music videos, video games, radio, newspaper and magazine as well as looking at online media. Students will develop their understanding of media audiences and institutions as well as investigate how each media type uses media language and representation to create effective products.

During the two years, the students will be developing their practical skills to help them understand these key aspects. Students will be taught how to use DSLRs, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop and a range of other softwares to create professional and effective media products. They will learn how to film and edit a range of media products from TV dramas to newspaper front pages.

During Year 13, students will create their own promotional package for the release of a music video, including a music video, a digipak and a magazine advert. This unit is 30% of their A Level.

In Year 13, students will take two exams which will focus on the textual analysis of TV drama and issues and debates within media institutions.