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 AS Media, students should have a GCSE pass at grade B 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 both AS and A2 courses.
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.