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Wright Robinson College

Media

INTRODUCTION

Exam course and Board:

At KS4 you will study for the OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia.

 

Method of Assessment:

You will complete a combination of coursework (Controlled Assessment - 3 units, 25% weighting per unit) and exam preparation (1 exam, taken in Y10, 25% weighting).

You will be expected to complete homework on a regular basis. Media is not taught at KS3. 

 

Curriculum in Year 10

At the start of  Y10 you will focus on the core unit ‘Creating Digital Graphics’ (R082). You will learn all about the properties and purposes of digital graphics, as well as elements of layout and design used by the professionals. You will plan, create and review your own digital graphic, as outlined in a client brief. Previous briefs have included planning and designing a book cover or DVD cover, both for a specific audience. You will learn how to understand the client and audience requirements, the legislation that affects the creation of graphics, and will develop skills on software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. You will review your finished graphic, analysing its quality, appeal to the audience, and how well it meets the client’s requirements.

Later in the year, your focus will be on preparation for the external exam; ‘Pre-production Skills’ (R081).  You will study a range of aspects of pre-production across a wide spectrum of Media: the purposes and uses of mind maps, mood boards, scripts, storyboards. You will learn how to interpret client briefs, as well as learning about a range of software, file types and their properties and legislation covering media production. You will also learn to understand different research techniques. You will sit the exam in the summer of Y10.

Towards the end of Y10, after sitting the exam, you will begin the coursework unit ‘Storytelling with a Comic Strip’ (R084). You will research the history of comic strips and their development from the earliest storytelling using images, through to the 21st century.

 

How we assess:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Overview

Study R082 Digital Graphics.

 

Task 1 (L01): Understand the purposes and properties of digital graphics.

 

Task 2 L02): Be able to plan the creation of a digital graphic.

Study R082 Digital Graphics. 

 

Task 3 (L03): Be able to create and save a digital graphic.

 

Task 4 (L04): Be able to review the digital graphic.

 

Begin preparation for external exam.

Complete preparation for exam. Sit exam (external).

 

Begin to study R084 Comic Strips.

 

Task 1 (L01): Understand Comic Strips and their Creation.

Content

Students work on practice tasks in class before working independently on the Controlled Assessment. 

 

Controlled assessment: Understand the uses and purposes of digital graphics, eg to educate, inform, promote, advertise, entertain.

 

Understand the properties of digital graphics eg resolution, compression, bitmaps, vectors, pixel dimensions.

 

Understand the design and layout of digital graphics eg white space, use of colours and colour wheel, Z-patterns, rule of thirds.

 

Understand the different audiences for digital graphics eg demographics, age, race, gender, sexuality, location, income, abilities and disabilities, and how these might be targeted,

 

Create pre-production for your own digital graphic.

Students work on practice tasks in class before working independently on the Controlled Assessment.

 

Controlled assessment: Create and review a digital graphic according to a brief, using Adobe Photoshop. 

 

Exam knowledge: Pre-Production skills.

 

How to plan, create and review pre-production docs eg Mood boards, mind maps, visualisation diagrams, scripts, storyboards, work plans. 

 

Purposes, uses and audiences of pre-production documents. 

Audiences of Media products, legislation. File formats, software. Different types of research.

Exam knowledge: Pre-production skills (see Spring Term).

 

Controlled Assessment: Understand the origins and history of comic strips, comic strip characters and their characteristics. Investigate potential comic strip software. Understand panel placement, story flow. 

 

How can parents help?

  • Students will be asked to complete some tasks at home and on TEAMS. Please check regularly what homeworks have been set. 
  • Ask students how they are doing. They will receive regular feedback, within the limitations of the allowed guidance for controlled assessments. Students should know which tasks need improving.
  • Encourage students to attend lunchtime catch-up sessions where necessary.
  • Once students start on the exam unit (after February half term of Year 10), they will be given a pack of revision Quiz Cards and asked to revise certain sections regularly. Parents and carers can help test students on what they have studied - the answers are on the backs of the Quiz Cards.

 

Curriculum in Year 11

 

You will start Y11 by completing the Comic Strips Unit. You will show that you understand the different tools used to present comic strips and software that could be used in their creation. You will plan and create your own multi-page comic strip for a specific target audience, following a client brief.

The final unit of the course will be Creating a Digital Animation (Unit R086). As with the previous units you will study the theory behind the animations, including the legislation, then will plan and create your own animation based on a client brief. Again, you will become skilled in appropriate software, allowing you to work independently to create your final product, then will review the product compared to the brief and both the client and audience needs. By the end of the course you will be confident in using a range of software, and in working independently to create digital media products.

 

How we assess:

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Overview 

Complete R084 Comic Strips.

 

Task 2 (L02): Be able to plan a multi-page comic strip.

Task 3 (L03): Be able to produce a multi-page comic strip

Task 4 (L04): Be able to review a multi-page comic strip

Begin R086 Animation Techniques.

 

Task 1 (L01): Understand the purposes and features of animation.

 

Task 2 (L02): Be able to plan an animation.

Complete R086 Animation Techniques.

 

Task 3 (L03): Be able to create a digital animation.

 

Task 4 (L04): Be able to review a digital animation.

 

Content

Students work on practice tasks in class before working independently on the Controlled Assessment.

 

Controlled Assessment: Create Pre-production for your own comic strip.  Identify client and audience needs, create pre-production documents such as mind maps, mood boards, work plans, script and storyboard. Understand the legislation involved in creating a comic strip.

Create then review a comic strip, based on a brief, using software of your choice.

Students work on practice tasks in class before working independently on the Controlled Assessment.

 

Controlled Assessment: Purposes and uses of animation e.g. advertising, games, films, education, entertainment.

Types and techniques of animation e.g. stop motion, time lapse, cel animation, cut-out, flipbook, frame-by-frame, onion skinning.

Planning an animation e.g. client and audience requirements, storyboarding, legislation.

Students work on practice tasks in class before working independently on the Controlled Assessment.

 

Controlled Assessment: 

Source and store assets to use in the animation. Use animation software to create an animation. Create a test plan. Save and export the final animation.

 

Review the strengths, weaknesses and ways to improve the animation, against the brief.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can parents help?

  • Students will be asked to complete some tasks at home and on TEAMS. Please check regularly what homework has been set. 
  • Ask students how they are doing. They will receive regular feedback, within the limitations of the allowed guidance for controlled assessments. Students should know which tasks need improving.
  • Encourage students to attend lunchtime catch-up sessions where necessary.