he Media Department at Wright Robinson has achieved consistently excellent results at GCSE since its introduction 15 years ago.
You will study a range of Media from KS3 (introduced at Y7&8 in Sept 2019) through to KS4. At KS3 you will have 1 lesson per fortnight, and if you choose to study Media in Y9 you will have 4 lessons per fortnight in Y9 &10 and 5 in Y11. At KS4 you will study for the OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia. You will complete a combination of coursework (3 units) and exam preparation (1 exam, taken in Y10). At both KS3 &4 you will be expected to complete homework on a regular basis.
In Term 1 you will study Soap Opera, and demonstrate your understanding through the creation of a mind map, characters, storylines, scripts and storyboards. In Terms 2&3 you will study aspects of design related to different media texts which could include magazines, print adverts, film and animation. The skills you develop are designed to help you if you choose Media in Y9.
For 2019-20, the Y8 scheme of work is the same as Y7. From September 2020, a separate scheme of work will be developed.
In Y9 you will focus on the core unit ‘Creating Digital Graphics’ (R082). You will learn all about the properties and purposes of digital graphics, as well as elements of layout and design used by the professionals. You will plan, create and review your own digital graphic, as outlined in a client brief. Previous briefs have included planning and designing a book cover or dvd cover, both for a specific audience. You will learn how to understand the client and audience requirements, the legislation that affects the creation of graphics, and will develop skills on software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
This year, your focus will be divided between beginning the coursework unit ‘Storytelling with a Comic Strip’ (R084), and preparation for the external exam; ‘Pre-production Skills’ (R081). You will research the history of comic strips and their development from the earliest storytelling using images, through to the 21st century. You will understand the different tools used to present comic strips and sofware that could be used in their creation. You will plan and create your own multi-page comic strip for a specific target audience, following a client brief. For the exam unit, you will study a range of aspects of pre-production across a wide spectrum of Media: the purposes and uses of mind maps, mood boards, scripts, storyboards. You will learn how to interpret client briefs, as well as learning about a range of software, file types and their properties and legislation covering media production. You will also learn to understand different research techniques.
The final unit of the course is ‘Creating a Digital Animation’ (R086). As with the previous units you will study the theory behind the product, including the legislation, then will plan and create your own animation based on a client brief. Again, you will become skilled in appropriate software, allowing you to work independently to create your final product, then will review the product compared to the brief and both the client and audience needs. By the end of the course you will be confident in using a range of software, and in working independently to create digital media products.