The Media Department in Lagan College is a dynamic and flourishing department that has enjoyed many academic and extra-curricular successes over the years. Opportunities avail to study and create a very broad range of media e.g. magazines, film, computer gaming, radio, web design, music video, photography, newspapers, DVD and CD covers, T-shirt printing, soap operas, documentaries, posters, blogs, apps, podcasts, etc. Where practical, pupil choice and interests will be facilitated to allow students to explore their favourite Media and topics e.g. a film about skateboarding, a magazine about football or fashion, a computer game about zombies, a news report on children’s rights, etc.
The Media is a multi-trillion pound industry and in this ‘information age’ is increasingly relevant to a broad range of careers, from Facebook Administrator to App Designer, as well as the many traditional roles: such as journalist, photographer, camera person, film director, etc. The Media Department will facilitate pupils in developing a core working knowledge of Media concepts as well as vocational and practical production skills.
The Media Department is currently offering the study of Media through GCSE Media Studies and BTEC Creative Media Production. We are also delighted to be introducing, through high pupil demand, an A Level Media studies from September 2013. The department is also very excited to be working from next year in a fully furnished and state of the art Media Suite.
The Media Department also engages with the local industry arranging visits to external agencies and setting up workshops facilitated by professionals within the College. Projects to date include BBC School Report. As part of which, last year two media pupils got to visit BBC central in London, to do a range of Media workshops and to interview for TV and Radio the Prime Minister in Downing Street, the Deputy Prime Minister at Portcullis House and the Leader of the Opposition at the Cabinet Office. Media pupils also worked last year with Cinemagic and Cooperation Ireland to attend a series of workshops and produce a film to mark the centenary of the Ulster Covenant, this film was premiered at Belfast City Hall. Pupils have also had workshops in school with Thomas Niblock from BBC Newsline, the director and chief editor of NI4Kids newsletter and worked with Blue Peter in filming and presenting a feature on Belfast! Media visits have also been made to the Belfast Telegraph and to Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery.
The Media Department is also keen to encourage pupils to enter relevant competitions and to apply for relevant bursaries. This year pupils are preparing entries for the Eco-Schools Young Reporters for the Environment competition, pupils are preparing a submission for ‘Lights, Camera, Parliament!’ A national film competition asking students across the UK: ‘If you could make one law, what would it be?’ Media pupils are also working on a journalistic piece on Human Rights with Amnesty International. One of our pupils recently entered an article challenging homophobia into an Anti- Bullying week competition, winning £25, a goody bag and a day trip with a friend to the Titanic Centre. A team of students have also submitted an application to the Frank Carson Bursary for Integrated Education. Competitions such as these, aside from their intrinsic merits, help Media pupils work to a brief and where possible submissions are also credited within their formal qualifications.
Media@Lagan is a weekly extra curricular club ran by the department in which pupils can engage in all the various work and fun within the subject. This club is open to all learners within the college.
The Media Department is also very proud of its track record of consistently producing excellent grades at Key Stage 4 within the College.