St. Joseph's Media Studies Department aims to introduce the subject to pupils in an enjoyable and educational way. We encourage all students at all stages and levels to question the role of mass media within society; whereby bringing quality into their independent consumption of films, television, radio, newspapers, magazines, the internet and advertising. We try to explore media texts that are both challenging and contemporary, thus making the subject more appealing to learners.
Students are expected to engage with the theoretical aspects of the subject, and encouraged to explore the infinite potential of these through practical work. This ensures that all graduates of the College will be empowered by the knowledge and insight gained, enabling them to carry the same curiosity and creativity to whichever field they choose post school.
The popularity of Media Studies has increased over the last few years at the College. This is mainly due to the stimulation and interest that students have gained during Key Stage 3 and 4 Media modules within English, which the Media Studies department has helped to develop.
Over the past few academic years, the introduction of the applied learning course for Media (Creative and Media Diploma) was introduced at KS4, and proved to be a great success. During the first year of their course, the Level 2 students devised, developed and produced a talent show, aimed at KS3 students and also a Summer Arts Festival, showcasing the talents of Drama, Music and Art students throughout the College.
St. Joseph's Media Studies department is small but is rapidly expanding as the subject gains popularity. All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, which are ideal for deconstructing all types of media texts. We have a bank of iMacs where all practical work that is shot on mini-DV cameras are edited in iMovie, a simple version of the industry standard Final Cut. Students also use Photoshop to create print texts.
Year 10 and 11: Creative and Media Diploma and new BTEC Course
Applied Learning is at the heart of our Key Stage 4 classes. Over the past two years of facilitating the Creative and Media Diploma, we have built up industry links with local Creative and Media providers, including:
The Swindon Advertiser
The Wyvern Theatre
Students have even had the opportunity to become involved in the Swindon Big Arts Day, learning about how to create a festival from concept to production, and working closely with industry professionals. Personalised learning aimed at students' individual creative and media interests has yielded positive responses and excellent examples of texts: from mini documentaries to fashion photography.
Using electronic portfolios in the form of self-built websites has also allowed students to feel a greater sense of autonomy in the presentation of their work. It has also encouraged them to think about audience and purpose of their texts. This has been praised by the examination board, Ed-Excel. We currently encourage students to use the PICZO website wizard to create their portfolio (which they are able to also access at home). This allows students to upload picture and sound files. They can even upload videos made by them.
With the introduction of the BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Creative and Media Production we look forward to continuing our success at Key Stage 4.
BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Creative and Media Production
The 30-credit BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the creative and media sector. The BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate offers flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to two GCSEs. Learners who complete a BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Creative Media Production will obtain a qualification which will enable progression to further study, training, or employment, and enable them to make informed choices with regard to a career in the creative media sector. They will also have developed media technology skills that may be applicable in other work situations or will enable them to progress to Level 3 qualifications in other sectors (for example in Art and Design or Video Production).
The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Creative Media Production is a 30-credit and 180-guided learning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of two mandatory units, plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 30 credits (where at least 16 credits must be at Level 2 or above).
Please use the links below for more information about the BTEC Level 2 units we deliver: