Teaching Staff – Sean Dunne and Jason Murphy
All department staff have worked professionally within media, and collectively we have a wealth of experience ranging from working in British independent filmmaking, BBC Drama, outside broadcasting for Sky Sports, graphic design and professional video production, and working for the police force.
The Media Department’s aim for pupils at Wycliffe to become creative, reflective and responsible consumers and producers of media. They will develop enquiring minds as well as sophisticated methods of analysis, ranging from critical theory to technical deconstruction.
There are two aspects to A Level Film Studies; 60% of the qualification comprises written examination work and 40% coursework at AS level, with the split being 55% to 45% at A2.
Pupils who chose to study Film Studies will have an outstanding and eclectic range of case study knowledge, from recent blockbusters to challenging foreign films to iconic films that have defined genres and eras. Pupils are expected to keep up to date with developments in the film industry itself through case studies of contemporary and historical film releases.
The course also explores challenging issues and concepts such as censorship and gendered approaches to film criticism.
The coursework encourages pupils to create their own original film products such as storyboards, screenplays and short films. Pupils will also have the opportunity to conduct their own research projects on an area of particular interest to them which will help to develop research skills that could prove invaluable at university or in later life.
Media and Film studies constantly prove to be among our most successful subjects, with pupils who have studied it going on to read Filmmaking, Film Studies, Creative Media Production, Marketing and Architectural Design at Falmouth University, The Arts University Bournemouth, Warwick University and University of Essex. Please note that although both subjects are to be reformed for the start of September 2017 and the qualifications themselves may change, the core of what is detailed above in terms of the offering and opportunities will remain fully intact.