Media Studies is among one of the most popular and successful subjects here at St Saviour’s & St Olave’s School. In this rapidly growing society, constantly powered by new technologies and the media, this subject has become truly valuable and a key motor in preparing young people for the world of work and for jobs of the future. Media Studies is becoming increasingly recognised by well known organisations which value the level of technical and analytical understanding that our students acquire through the course.
The media is a powerful and lucrative industry which employs thousands of people every year. Situated in the heart of London, learning Media Studies at St Saviour’s & St Olave’s School is a real bonus. Its proximity to the British Film Institute (BFI), the IMAX, theatres and companies like IPC Media and The Financial Times provide ample opportunities for our students to benefit from networking with industry professionals which can culminate in work experience like in the past years.
Media Studies allows students to develop their creativity, analytical and communication skills. They get to learn the fundamentals of textual analysis where students study codes and conventions, the target audience, representational and institutional issues that revolve around the production and consumption of a range of media texts.
Media Studies is a wholesome subject which enables students to develop their leadership skills especially when working in groups to produce their practical coursework. Over the years, students have produced documentaries, trailers and opening sequence of films, adverts, music videos, radio broadcasts, websites, magazines and newspapers. Equally students are given the chance to develop, then oral and written communication through the curriculum.
At St Saviour’s & St Olave’s School, we aim to prepare our students for the world of work where we try to expose them to the realities and expectations of organisations through simulation exercises or trips and visits, so that our students are able to find their career interests facilitating them with their university choices. With a subject like Media Studies which keeps students updated on the recent trends and developments in the media, it is satisfying to see how much practical knowledge our students end up acquiring. We have had students who have had work experience at IPC Media, ITV and many of them have chosen to pursue studies in the media at university.
We believe our students feel very enthusiastic and motivated about the course, hence the record of good results over the years. The teachers also work very hard to maintain the high standard of teaching in the department, where teachers are committed to customising their teaching to the students’ ability where all of them are encouraged to enjoy and achieve in the course. Besides, we constantly encourage and guide our students to develop strategies for independent learning where they are able to take responsibility for their learning. This has proved to be very successful.
At St Saviour’s & St Olave’s School, our students have the facility of using state of the art equipment and software packages that allow them to successfully complete their practical coursework to a professional standard. For print work, students use Photoshop, Publisher and Indesign while HD Cameras and tripods with dollies are supplied for the realisation of film productions. In order to add the professional finish to the work produced, our students use Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Express for the montage. For audio type work, Audacity is used and for web based work, it is IWeb or Wix.com. The school continues to make a significant effort in helping the department with the provision of new technologies to assist our students in the successful completion of the course.
Media Studies remains one of the most fulfilling modern subjects that has offered a platform to students to express their creativity and organisational skills with a focus on advertising and marketing which enable our students to appreciate and understand the various aspects of the media and their significant contributions to our life. Media Studies is without doubt a subject of utmost relevance in preparation for the makers of the future!