During this two year course, students will study a contemporary, accessible and creative course, which will allow them to study the media in an academic context and apply the knowledge and understanding gained to the process of creating their own media productions. Media Studies is designed to widen the intellectual horizons of the learner through the analysis of both global and historical media.
Learners will explore how media products are used by institutions to construct different representations and how media audiences interpret these products. Media products encompass Long Form TV Drama, the Radio One Breakfast Show and Minecraft. Learners will use aspects of the theoretical framework to analyse and evaluate their own cross-media productions.
Media in a digital age
Learners will explore and analyse the ideas and arguments from debates about the media. These debates will be drawn from:
• an historical perspective • the digital age • global media.
Learners will practically explore the creation of three linked media products in a cross-media production.
Throughout this course, learners will study nine different media forms. These are:
• television • film • radio • newspapers • magazines • advertising and marketing • online, social and participatory media • video games • music videos.
Applicants are expected to have a Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Literature or English Language or a Grade 6 in GCSE Media Studies if studied in Key Stage 4.
The course leads to qualifications recognised by the media industry and opens up opportunities for future employment in this sector. Media Studies is an excellent foundation for further study of Media in Higher Education.