This is a BTEC Level 3 qualification, taught by members of the English department with an expertise in Media. Students are taught for eight lessons a fortnight in Year 12 and ten lessons a fortnight in Year 13. It is a very practical hands-on course. The course lasts two years and seven units are covered. These are as follows:
Year 12 1. Pre-Production techniques for the Creative Media Industries
Year 13 1. Research Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
Continuous assessment is used throughout. There are no exams at the end of the course.
Students who take this course would be expected to have at least a Grade C in English Language GCSE.
Many students with BTEC qualifications go to university. Following a Media-related degree would be one option. Students with Media-related degrees can then access a whole range of graduate occupations, either in the Media industries or many other areas which require a degree in any subject area.
Creative Media Production is taught through a variety of teaching styles, from teacher-led discussion, right through to collaborative group work on the part of the students. Students are expected to be able to work independently, with guidance. It is a very practical hands-on subject. Staff will be happy to give guidance and tutorials as appropriate. Homework will be regularly set.
Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.
GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.
Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.
Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!
The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)