Media at Walworth is a popular subject that is taught across all key stages (KS3, KS4 and KS5) to a high level, so that students combine theoretical understanding with creative media practical work. The department has brand new camcorders and DSLR cameras, together with a brand new iMac suite (30 iMacs), running Final Cut Pro X and the full Adobe Suite (including Photoshop and InDesign). Teaching staff are specialised in media, but also have experience in a variety of other creative subjects (for example, sound development, photography and animation, together with the more transitional film and TV expertise).
The department also oversees the BBC School News Report (and is built into the learning for Year 8), so that the whole school has the opportunity to engage in youth journalism.
At Key Stage 3, media is available as an option subject, beginning in year 8. Pupils study the theory of the following units, which all have practical components, so they can put their ideas into practice:
- Music and the media
- BBC News Reporting
- Action adventure filming
- TV Reality and Quiz shows
- TV Drama
- Practical project: A TV drama show
Media studies at GCSE level is assessed both in theory and practice, following the WJEC board. Students complete two essay style, textual investigations and one large practical project, where they have the opportunity to plan, film and edit a film short that brings together the creative ideas of a team they are working in.
At Key Stage 5 media runs in the mostly practice based, L3 BTEC in Creative Media Production (Extended Diploma). On this intensive course students are challenged to learn practical filming and editing skills for the TV and film units, DSLR photography for the still photography unit and business and productivity skills for the project management unit. We cover creative media generically, since this allows us to harness the specialist skills of our staff (in film, TV, drama, photography and animation). Although this is primarily a practical course, it should be noted that A-Level style theory and essay writing skills are key to success at this level.