A media studies trip to London has, over the years, become a fundamental part of the GCSE or A Level course for media students.
We’ll design a programme to suit your needs, but for many groups the visit incorporates a tour of the studios that made the Harry Potter movies and a tour of the BBC radio and TV centre.
The Harry Potter Tour is particularly interesting for media studies students as, unusually, many of the iconic sets, props and costumes that were created for the films (along with thousands of intricate and beautifully-made artefacts) have been preserved.
Students get a unique opportunity to explore two soundstages and a backlot filled with original sets, animatronic creatures and breathtaking special effects. Plus they take part in a media studies session, complete with resources.
The “Costume Characterisation” feature gives students the chance to look at original mood boards and costumes which give an insight into how there is never a costume without character and history.
“Script to screen” on the other hand studies the processes used, focusing on artwork, plans, white card models, storyboards and the finished sets used in the film series.
“Camera Choices” gives students the opportunity to examine film sequences, with the intention of developing their understanding of how a director communicates atmosphere, meaning and narrative.
As part of the BBC Tour, students can step behind the scenes of the nation’s dynamic live national broadcasting hub and see what goes on at the beating heart of the BBC in their brand new, state-of-the-art, multimedia broadcasting centre.
Students will see a camera’s eye view of the studios, get to see the newsroom and even have a chance to try their hand at reading the news. They’ll also see how BBC Radio Drama is made and be able to have a go at making a radio play complete with music and sound effects.
Depending on scheduling students can also visit the Radio Theatre and the studio which houses ‘The One Show’.
Later this year the BFI has a Film and Media Studies A level Day: Youth Culture and Collective Identity (on 17 June) as well as a series of Education Events in the run up to and alongside the BFI London Film Festival later in the year.
Here you will be able to choose from a wide range of morning film screenings of features and short films specially selected from the main festival programme and meet the filmmakers at a post-screening Q&A or in a panel event or workshop.
The events also offer the opportunity to make the most of the festival’s new and classic films from around the world by exploring the background and context for the films’ production via talks, resources and projects.
And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, London has a wealth of unforgettable things to do and see. Many of which are free!
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