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William Morris Sixth Form

Media Studies

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What is Media Studies?

Media is an exciting and dynamic subject and one that proves consistently popular with students here at WMSF. It has become ever more important for you to be able to understand the messages that surround you in your media-saturated world and we give you the tools not only to analyse and critically evaluate media texts, but also to create them. The strong practical elements in media are provided for well by the area with dedicated classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art iMacs, media specialist software and a range of filming equipment.

Why study it at WMSF?

To cater for the different levels, needs and abilities of students at WMSF, we run Media Studies at GCSE whilst the Advanced Level programme includes Media Studies, BTEC Creative Digital Media Production, and Film Studies. 

Did you know?

We are an award-winning department! In 2014, we won two awards with The Good Schools Guide for the highest achievement in our vocational courses, beating all other schools nationally. 

Meet the department

We are committed and enthusiastic teachers who have an in depth subject knowledge and bring vital industry experience to the classroom. Michelle has spent time working in the print industry, Sarah, in advertising, and Pia and Seb, as well as Joanne, our creative media assistant, have all worked in various guises in television, film and video production. Come and ask us about our previous jobs! We have special interests in documentary, British and American film, Bollywood, video games, print and online journalism as well as short film-making. With the majority of our department educated to Masters Level (Michelle in Creative Media Education, Pia in Film, Sarah in Philosophy and Seb currently working towards one in Education), we bring a wide range of specialist experience to our curriculum offer.  

Opportunities beyond the classroom

You will also have the chance to enhance your learning through visits to media companies and events. In recent years we have had over 20 students participate in mentoring schemes with partner companies such as renowned advertising agency, Leo Burnett, and UKTV. We have had several students take on internships in their holidays with UKTV and The BIG Group. In addition to this recent trips have included trips to the Aesthetica Film Festival in York, The Heart of Gaming, The Harry Potter World studio tour, the News Academy conference at the News UK building (home of The Times and The Sun), the BFI and the filming of a new ITV gameshow hosted by Philip Schofield. 

It is very important for students seeking a career in an aspect of the media or film industry to gain as much real world experience as possible and we take this very seriously in our department. We have had students completing their Silver Arts Award at a BFI run holiday course, with five students getting through to the final interview stage for a BBC summer work placement and one student receiving a place on the National Film and Television summer school.

Life after WMSF

We have helped a number of students over the years get into highly respected media and film courses at universities such as Ravensbourne, Central St Martins and Bournemouth. A good deal of students have gone to work in television production, film making, videography, print and online journalism, with others in media-related careers such as PR, events, fashion photography, marketing and advertising. In recent years, Shiona Penrake, one of our film alumni, won the Best Young Filmaker Award at the Reed film awards. Hollie Harrington, one of our Media Studies alumni, is now an award winning film maker and has exhibited her work in Paris and Canada and Roozbeh Tavakoli, who did both media and film studies with us, has gone onto work as a film maker and currently also runs film-making workshops for children. Lucy Cadman, Thaslima Begum and Eman El Shenawi have all gone on to write for local, national and international newspapers both print and online. Duniel Bakkali has also gone on to open his own social media and digital marketing agency called Venture Sparks, which boasts an impressive client list including Apple Music. 

The Lyric Theatre Media Showcase and Awards Ceremony

 

Each year, we celebrate the talent, creativity and achievement of Media and Film Studies students at our annual showcase. From our early days of holding the ceremony at the iconic Riverside Studios, which is currently being redeveloped in 2015 we moved to the Lyric Theatre studio in Hammersmith. Work is judged by people well known in the industry and previous hosts of the event range from the Irish actor James Nesbitt, to industry professionals such as Julia Waring, Head of Production at RDF Media and Leonie Ford-Miah from Libertine magazine through to our very own WMSF alumni working in the industry.

Showcase 2014 small from WMSF Media on Vimeo.

Course Descriptions:

Level 3

 A Level Media Studies

 A Level Film Studies

 BTEC Level 3 (Extended Certificate) Creative Film and Television Production

Level 2

 GCSE Access to Media

Reading List

 Media Reading List