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S3 Media Studies

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  • One of the main aims of the S3 course is to enable you to look at and listen to media products, not simply as a consumer but as a critic; thus being able to question the content and purpose of the messages rather than to take them at face value.
  • The course develops the skills of thinking critically and creatively; of solving problems; of planning, researching individually and working together. The media texts studied include newspapers, magazines, television, films, advertisements, music and websites. The texts studied are used as the basis for a practical production.

Course Highlights

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Analysing Media Content – studying and analysing the content of a variety of media forms such as films, documentaries, TV series’, adverts.

Creating Media Content – preparing and filming productions, usually in groups, which is similar to the process encountered in National 5.

National 4 Media

  • The National 4 Media Course offers you opportunities to develop and extend a wide range of skills. In particular, this Course aims to enable you to develop:
  • the ability to analyse and create media content, appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • knowledge of the key aspects of media literacy
  • knowledge of the role of media within society
  • the ability to plan and research when creating media content, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • the ability to evaluate your practice

Course Highlights

  1. Analysing Media Content (National 4)

The purpose of this Unit is to develop the skills to analyse media content. This Unit provides learners with the opportunity to develop knowledge of the key aspects of media literacy central to the straightforward analysis of media content.

  1. Creating Media Content (National 4)

The purpose of this Unit is to develop the skills to plan and create straightforward media content and to comment on production processes. This Unit provides learners with the opportunity to develop knowledge of the key aspects of media literacy central to creating straightforward media content.

  1. Added Value Unit: Media Assignment (National 4)

The purpose of this Added Value Unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to apply and integrate their skills in analysing and creating straightforward media content. Learners analyse, plan, create and evaluate media content on a chosen topic that develops their personal interests.

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National 5 Media

• The National 5 Media Course provides you with the opportunity to develop knowledge of media contexts, roles and the key aspects of media literacy: categories, language, representation, narrative, audience, society and institution. The course challenges you to apply this knowledge and understanding of media analysis in a theoretical context, and to apply skills in planning and problem-solving in order to create media content.

• You will be encouraged to think critically about the media and its role in everyday life and to develop an appreciation of media content in a cultural context and in the context of the media industry.

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Course Highlights

The course comprises two mandatory units:

  • 1. Media Analysis
    You will develop skills in analysing, in depth, a range of media texts and in describing in detail their relationship to social, institutional and audience contexts. It will involve discussion of the specific examples of media products which most influence pupils’ lives e.g. television, film, print, radio, advertising etc. Ultimately, you will learn to identify and understand how media content and contexts create meaning.
  • 2. Media Creation
    You will work in groups, contributing to media productions in a single medium. The content of the production will be targeted at specific audiences and will follow these stages: planning and developing ideas in relation to a brief; making the product; reviewing and evaluating the process and final production. Although the unit is essentially a group activity, you will have an identifiable individual contribution to each group production. You will be involved in a range of tasks taking on both technological and non-technological roles.

Higher Media

The aims of this course are to develop:

  • an understanding of the main critical tools used in the analysis of media texts
  • an understanding of media content and contexts and the relationship between these elements
  • research, planning and organisational skills in response to a brief
  • a knowledge of the detailed technical terms related to the chosen medium
  • technological and non-technological skills appropriate to a chosen medium
  • the ability to work individually and as part of a team, and to express constructive self-criticism

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Course Highlights

  1. Media Analysis
    In this unit you will develop skills in analysing, in depth, a range of media texts and in describing in detail their relationship to social, institutional and audience contexts. It will involve discussion of the specific examples of media products which most influence pupils’ lives e.g. television, film, print, radio, advertising.  Ultimately, you will learn to identify and understand how media content and contexts create meaning.
  2. Media Creation
    The main focus of the unit will be on working in groups, contributing to media productions in a single medium. The content of the production will be targeted at specific audiences and the process will comprise: planning and developing ideas in relation to a brief, making the product, reviewing and evaluating the process and final production. Although the unit is essentially a group activity, you will have an identifiable individual contribution to each group production. You will be involved in a range of tasks taking on both technological and non-technological roles.
  3. Media Assignment
    The assignment will require you to independently plan and create media content in response to a brief.  Like National 5, it will have two sections.  In section 1, you will research and plan media content in response to a brief set by the class teacher; in section 2, you will develop your ideas to a level of finish specified in the brief, and reflect on your work.  The purpose of the assignment is to assess your ability to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired throughout the Course in a production of media content.
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