Students will explore the construction of a wide range of media products, such as: DVD covers, newspapers, magazines, film extracts & music videos. Students will develop an understanding of how and why these texts are produced, as well as the representation issues embedded within them and the responses that these evoke from their audiences.
With this critical understanding, students are given the opportunity to produce their own media product using skills and techniques learnt from existing products.
The Media Studies course is designed to allow students to draw on their existing experience of the media and to develop their abilities to respond critically to the media. It enables students to explore a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, industry and audiences.
The course also encourages creative work to enable students to gain a greater appreciation of the media through their own production work and to develop their own production skills. At A2 in particular, students are given the opportunity to research a topic which will then form the basis for their production, thus encouraging them to create productions informed by an awareness of contemporary media issues.
Media Studies is for a creative and analytical student that has a keen interest in the use of digital technology. Many of our students have a fondness for fashion photography, graphic design and film production.
Both years are split across two units; MS1 & MS2 in the first year, and MS3 & MS4 in Yr13. All units have equal weighting in the final qualification.
MS1 is a 2 1/2 hour written exam focussing on Media Representations and Responses. It requires an understanding of the construction of a variety of different media texts such as film, TV, advertising, video games and radio.
MS2 is an internally assessed coursework unit focussing on Media Production Processes. It requires the production of a media product and an analytical report.
Grade 4+ in GCSE English Language or Literature
Previous experience and/or Media qualification required.
Many students progress to university to study such courses as journalism, digital media, TV and film production, graphic design and photography. The course also lends itself to students that want to go straight into employment in media industries, as it will help students develop a portfolio of work to be taken to interview.