The media has an ever increasing importance in the lives of young people. In the Media and Film Department, students are equipped with the practical and reasoning tools to navigate an increasing complex world. Underpinned with the principle of media literacy – that all students are able to decode and interpret the ideas behind media texts – it is a consistently popular choice with the Key Stage 4 students at JCOSS.
In the Media and Film department we offer six courses – KS4 includes: GCSE Media Studies, GCSE Film Studies and Cambridge National Certificate in Creative I-Media, KS5 includes: A-Level Film Studies, Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Digital Media and Cambridge Technical Diploma in Digital Media. Across all six courses, we develop a wide range of transferable skills, including design, creativity, research and presentation. Each of the courses utilises its own core analysis concepts, although throughout the department there is a focus on theoretical issues of representation, contexts, audience, industries and media language.
The department boast three excellently equipped classrooms, with over 45 Apple Mac computers available for student use, as well as a range of cameras and ancillary equipment. Through a range of practical assessment activities, students will develop their skills in using industry standard applications such as PhotoShop, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier and Adobe InDesign.