AN ACADEMIC SUBJECT WHICH FEATURES PRACTICAL WORK ON THE COMPUTER, WITH PUBLISHING SOFTWARE LIKE PHOTOSHOP.
WHAT YOU STUDY
Media Studies is a subject that investigates all forms of communication other than traditional literature, including radio, television, film, newspapers, magazines and the internet. However, there is a link with traditional literature, because all these products are treated as texts, which can be analysed as though they were novels or short stories. So there is an element of deconstruction, but there is also an emphasis on audiences – who they are, how they change, and how they are manipulated, but also how they can actually influence media production.
HOW YOU STUDY
There are two units in each year. One is a written exam, and the other is a practical, for which you will work to create a media product, such as a magazine front cover and contents page. For A2 coursework you will make a short film, such as a trailer for a horror movie. Movies will be shot using Sony digital hard drive Handicams. These produce High-definition widescreen footage, and are compatible with the iMovie and Final Cut Express editing software on our Apple Mac computers. Whether your work is print-based or moving image, you will use these computers for the composition and/or editing of your work, which must achieve as close to professional standard production values as possible.
The written examinations require you to demonstrate two skills. The first is analysis of unseen pieces. The exam board will present you with a media text which you will deconstruct in the exam itself. You will also be tested on in-depth case studies we have worked on in the lessons. Therefore lessons will prepare you by giving opportunities to build a ‘portfolio’ of these examples, and by giving exam practice for the new piece(s) you will see on the day. Most students find this kind of textual analysis absorbing and have quite a lot to contribute in lessons.
Taking A-level Media Studies does not guarantee a career in the media, but it does provide an insight into both production and content. This will give students some ideas about possible career paths in this field. By the end of the course they will at least know whether they want to continue with this kind of work.
Students who have gone on to study Media related courses are:
Hope Drew –Film Production (Birmingham City) 2012
Fae Doherty – Business Marketing and PR (Worcester) 2012
Felix Bradley-Davies – Media (Nottingham Trent) 2011
Charlotte Collins – Marketing and Advertising (Gloucester) 2011
Matthew Hall – Television, Film & Theatre (Reading) 2011
COMBINES WELL WITH
English, Sociology, Psychology, Art and Design, Theatre Studies.
GCSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Grade C or above in English Language. A good level of competence in ICT is also necessary.