Media and Film Studies
In a globalised, digital world where so many elements of personal, family and professional life are mediated, it becomes imperative that pupils are critically aware, media literate and perhaps above all, curious.
How does the marketing industry seek to target our desires and our insecurities? Are Facebook, Google and Twitter really free or are we paying with another form of currency? Can a social network really start a revolution and bring down a corrupt government?
Who decides which stories make the news and which stories are ignored? Do Hollywood films really contribute to increased violence in the real world?
And what about women's magazines and advertising... what role do they have to play in a culture said to be increasingly selfish, superficial and body-fixated? And Television... what an incredible device... more than sixty years old and still one of the most powerful and influential inventions ever. How has Film and Television contributed to Globalisation and Americanisation?
Am I a product of the Television I have watched? Or is Television a product of me? What can I learn about a culture from the media it consumes and manufactures?
Film and Media pupils get to explore these sort of issues and many more besides. Alongside our classroom investigations we also make media ourselves.
Watch our Media Studies Student Showreel
From film trailers to short documentaries, magazine features to full print campaigns or web-based virals, you'll get the chance to get stuck in and learn and to be creative alongside qualified experts in their field. You'll learn how to collaborate on dynamic projects, from page to screen in supportive yet challenging environments.
At the end of the day, if you want to work in the Media and Film industries, then these courses will give you a great introduction.
But even if you want to be a lawyer or a graphic designer or a nurse, one thing is for sure. The mass media will be a significant presence in your life and if you know a bit about how it works, then you have an advantage that will help you to flourish, in whatever direction you choose.
“ For me, a classroom is a place where pupils can explore, learn, experiment, fail, succeed, and ultimately flourish. ”
Richard Williams, Head of Media and Film Studies
Media and Film Studies News and Blogs
22 August 2019
Bede’s pupils have achieved another excellent set of GCSE result with 78% of grades at 9 – 5 level, the equivalent of A*-B.
15 August 2019
Congratulations to this year’s Upper Sixth who achieved 70% A*- B grades with half of all grades at A*- A.
10 January 2019
Media pupil Ellie Bostock-Smith interviews Javier about his recent work experience placement at top post-production company, ENVY.
I have been at Bede’s for 10 years, and the training I have received means I can choose the future I want.Alina Wiltshire, Lower Sixth Interviewed in 2016
I want A and A* grades in every subject, so balancing my Academic passions with Riding can be very hard.Felicity Collins, Lower Fifth Interviewed in 2013
My teachers won't let me give up. They always challenge me and will help by giving me extra lessons one-to-one.Ivan Friedman, First Year Interviewed in 2012
Media and Film Studies staff
“For me, a classroom is a place where children can explore, learn, experiment, fail, succeed, and ultimately flourish.”
Richard Williams, Head of Media and Film Studies and Stud House Tutor
“ Creating a supportive and tolerant environment in which all are valued is my goal. I want students to leave feeling they have the confidence to succeed and the desire to make their world a better place.”
Reu Hickman, Dorms Housemaster and Teacher of Media and Film Studies