New facilities and expertise
As a result of achieving specialist status, the school has been able to appoint additional specialist teaching and support staff to develop the Media Studies curriculum and to invest in cutting edge technology for use both in Media Studies and across the curriculum. A new industry standard Media editing suite was opened in September 2005 making available Apple Mac and PC computers for a wide range of practical work using digital equipment and creative software. Students now create exciting music videos, advertisements, short films and animations as part of GCSE coursework. It is easy to see why Media Studies is now one of the most popular GCSE Option subjects. An additional BTEC qualification will be on offer from September 2006 part of which will include a study trip to Disney Land, Paris.
Enrichment clubs in Media Studies cover areas such as: digital video, digital and traditional photography, animation and involvement in live radio as part of the Eastbourne Youth Radio initiative. Many students have acquired a high level of technical skill through regular attendance at after school media clubs. There is now a well established technical team of students that is recruited to photograph and video major school events such as Music concerts, Arts showcases and the Art Exhibition.
W. A. F. T. A. S.
The school held its first Awards ceremony, the W.A.F.T.A.S in July 2006 where year 11 Media Studies students` music videos and films were screened and prizes were presented for technical, artistic and creative achievements. This glamorous evening occasion will become an annual feature in the increasingly busy Media Studies calendar. The department also plans to include radio and TV broadcasts by 2007 so watch out B.A.F.T.A.S.!
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