Media Studies is at the heart of everything we do in our lives. We are persuaded to buy products through advertising, we listen to the opinions of newspapers, we decide which gossip magazine is telling the truth, we choose which TV and Film shows we like the best and use computer games to escape or enhance our daily lives.
Media Studies at Accrington Academy includes both vocational skills and academic study of the media industry and its products. In Year 7 and 8 as part of the New Technologies curriculum students are introduced to graphic design and broadcast technologies such as Film posters, Stop frame animation and filming advertisements. At KS4 students study both the BTEC and the GCSE courses in Media and Film Studies ensuring they have both the knowledge to analyse and construct appropriate products for their target audiences as well as having the skills to produce these products.
Media Studies continues as a popular subject at KS5 with both BTEC Extended Diploma and A Level courses on offer. Many Accrington Academy students choose to continue their study of Media at degree level and we currently have ex students studying to become Games Designers, Editors, Marketing consultants, digital film makers and Radio presenters.
The Media Studies department try to organize as many trips of possible to get a real sense of what working in the Media Industry is like. In previous years we’ve run events such as Women in New Technologies days with guest speakers such as a female programmer, executive producer for CBeebies, Interactive co-ordinator for ITV and a Marketing and Brand strategist.
We arrange a biannual trip to London for our sixth form students where in previous years we have visited the BBC Broadcasting House, attended the Media Magazine conference, watched a sitcom be filmed at the famous Elstree studios and visited the Harry Potter Studios in Watford.
We’ve also arranged trips to MediaCity in Salford, the Media Centre at UCLAN and the National Media Museum in Bradford as well as have visiting speakers such as film directors and radio journalists.
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Mrs A. Hardy
I was always told I would be a teacher but since my mum was a teacher, I wanted to rebel and I rejected this idea until I was a bit older. When I left Leeds University with my English and Media degree, I was determined to work in the Media so I wrote to every radio station in the area and eventually landed a job doing the competitions at WISH FM in Wigan. I then decided to go into Marketing and did a stint at two theatres in St Helens and Lancaster before I managed to achieve my dream job of working at ITV. I used to organize the competitions and votes for all the regional programmes across ITV working out of the old ITV Granada building. Eventually I realized that working in TV, although exciting, just wasn’t going to be fulfilling enough for me. My best friend was an English teacher and she very kindly let me visit her school to see what it was like and I loved it. I decided to study for a GTP programme and had a fantastic mentor teaching English and Media at Standish High School in Wigan. I then moved on to be Head of Media at Ribblesdale School in Clitheroe and then became Assistant Head of New Technologies at Accrington. The favourite part of my job is seeing the students grow in confidence throughout the years and sharing my passion for film and television with the students. Outside of school I have two little girls who keep me busy and I’m involved with my local am dram group acting, singing and dancing.
Mrs L. Heyes-Mullan
I have been working as a professional photographer and videography for 20 years. I completed my degree in photography at Blackpool and the Fylde College. I have been very lucky to have worked all over the world taking photos and making videos. I have been teaching Photography and Media for 13 years.
Most of my teaching has been in Further Education and Higher Education and I continue to engage in professional photography and video work outside of my teaching.
I have studied both the GCSE Film Studies and the BTEC Media course and enjoyed them both. My favourite part was analysing all of the films and getting a real insight into how director’s create successful movies. I’m going to study Media at A Level here at Accrington and I’m considering it as an option at degree level too because its a subject I find interesting and fun to study.