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). You will be expected to complete homework on a regular basis. Media is not taught at KS3.
At the start of Y10 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. You will review your finished graphic, analysing its quality, appeal to the audience, and how well it meets the client’s requirements.
Later in the year, your focus will be on preparation for the external exam; ‘Pre-production Skills’ (R081). 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. You will sit the exam in the summer of Y10.
Towards the end of Y10, after sitting the exam, you will begin the coursework unit ‘Storytelling with a Comic Strip’ (R084). You will research the history of comic strips and their development from the earliest storytelling using images, through to the 21st century.
You will start Y11 by completing the Comic Strips Unit. You will show that you 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.
The final unit of the course will be Creating a Digital Animation (Unit R086). As with the previous units you will study the theory behind the animations, 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.