Digital Media

Digital Media is a subject that lets pupils explore the media world and use technology to create their own media artefacts. We believe that the subject allows pupils to develop their technical skills as well as inspire creativity and self-expression. Pupils will be encouraged to be reflective of their work and identify their own strengths and areas they can improve.

 

Key Stage 3

 

Year 7 Pupils in Year 7 will be introduced to a variety of different media industries and how they are used in the modern world. They will learn the techniques required for them to produce their own examples of these Medias and also analyse how successful they have been. The areas studied will include:

 

* Video Game creation in Kodu Game Lab
* Creating Posters in Adobe Photoshop Elements
* Creating 2D animations in Pivot Stickfigure Animator and 2Animate

 

There will also be lessons on theory elements such as Mind Maps and Mood Boards and creating narratives.

 

Year 8 Pupils will continue to explore other areas of the media and build upon the skills and knowledge they learned in year 8. The areas studied will include:

 

* Creating 3D animations in Muvizu
* Creating Magazine covers and articles in Microsoft Publisher
* Editing Video Clips in Adobe Premier Elements

 

There will also be lessons on theory elements such as creating scripts and storyboards and creating work plans.

 

Year 9 Pupils will complete one unit from the Cambridge Nationals qualification in Digital iMedia. The unit ‘Storytelling with a Comic Strip’ involves the pupils learning about the history of comic books and comic book characters and how they have evolved to the present day. They will look at how to plan and construct their own comic books. The unit concludes with pupils receiving a project that allows them to demonstrate what they have learnt to satisfy a client brief. They will then evaluate how successful they have been in completing the task.

 

 

Key Stage 4

 

Year 10 Pupils will complete one unit from the Cambridge Nationals qualification in Digital iMedia. The unit ‘Creating Digital Graphics’ involves the pupils learning about the creation of digital graphics and how they can be used. They will look at how to plan and construct their own digital graphics. The unit concludes with pupils receiving a project that allows them to demonstrate what they have learnt to satisfy a client brief. They will then evaluate how successful they have been in completing the task.

 

Pupils will also learn theory elements of Digital Media in order to attempt a written exam which is a mandatory element of the Cambridge National qualification.

 

Year 11 Pupils will complete one unit from the Cambridge Nationals qualification in Digital iMedia. The unit ‘Designing a game concept’ involves the pupils learning about the planning stages creating computer/video games a. They will look at the history of video games and how to plan and construct their own video game concept. The unit concludes with pupils receiving a project that allows them to demonstrate what they have learnt to satisfy a client brief. They will then evaluate how successful they have been in completing the task.

 

Pupils will also re-attempt a written exam which is a mandatory element of the Cambridge National qualification, should they have not passed in the previous year or in an attempt to achieve a higher grade for the unit.