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Creative Media & Film Studies

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Our aim is to foster and support independent and self-reliant learners. We encourage and teach our students to be prepared for real work in the creative media sector, including organisational, project management and technical skills. We aim to do this in an exciting, challenging and dynamic way.

Students make outstanding progress in this subject at Tring School, whilst developing an independent attitude, self-reliance and confidence that helps them throughout their lives.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, we run an introductory course where students produce a poster campaign and trailer for a mainstream film of their own invention.  Here, they learn the fundamental skills of planning, filming and editing, as well as using photo manipulation software, before progressing to the industry-standard software in Key Stage 4 & 5.  Students will have a one hour Creative Media class every fortnight.

Key Stage 4 - Btec

Media Studies is a great BTEC course, it enables you to be creative and work in groups to design magazines and adverts. Media Studies differs from other GCSE courses because 75% of the subject is coursework.  I know some people do not like the idea of coursework or a BTEC but it is the same as a GCSE.  The teachers support us every step of the way and by May when you have your Year 11 exams, you have already finished the course which is one less exam to revise for!  I enjoyed the course - it allowed me to be creative, even though I'm not good at drawing!   Emma, Year 11.

WHAT WILL YOUR CHILD LEARN IN OUR SUBJECT?

We prepare our students for the real world. They are taught to develop skills in independent research, self-management and project planning, and are judged on their innovation & creativity within challenging time frames.

  • Students learn to research audiences and markets and prepare detailed pre-production ideas, scripts and storyboards.
  • In production, students learn to use cameras, lights and sound to create products in single camera and multi-camera live set-ups.
  • In post-production, pupils learn to edit digital moving image products using the industry standard Adobe Premiere Pro editing suite
  • Students also learn technical skills in photography/cinematography, photo manipulation and digital image effects.
  • Business skills such as communication, organisation and team leadership.

CELEBRATING SUCCESS

Students make outstanding progress in this subject at Tring School. They develop an independent attitude to learning, a professional level of self-reliance, and a confidence in their performance that helps them in the years to come. These skills are equally vital in University, apprenticeships, and the workplace. Pupils regularly meet their targets at both KS4 and KS5 and a large proportion of our pupils exceed targets and achieve Distinction and Distinction* grades. Many of our students win places to study media related Degree courses at some of the best higher education establishments to study subjects as diverse as Animation, Outside Broadcasting and Film Production and editing.

ENRICHMENT AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Students are encouraged to get involved with a range of Film and Media related activities across the school and all are encouraged to borrow equipment for filming and recording assemblies, events, school plays and sports days.

We also run a Film Club for pupils at KS3 - our Sixth Formers are training the filmmakers of the future. We watch newly released films and write reviews for posting online and later in the year we use our knowledge to start introductory film making sessions.

Media trips have included visits to the BBC, Sky Studios and the British Film Institute.

CREATIVE MEDIA & FILM STUDIES DEPARTMENT

Subject Leader Ms V Johnston
Assistant Subject Leader Miss C Taylor
  Miss A Ellershaw
  Mrs O'Boyle
Media Technician Mrs A Travers
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