Why study Media Studies?
We live in an increasingly ‘media saturated’ society and are constantly surrounded by the media in many different ways. The media is our primary source of entertainment but also an important source of information and propaganda. The media is constantly changing and updating, both in how it is made and how we use it. In Media Studies you will be encouraged to explore the different forms of the media, how they are constructed, the huge industries that produce the media and the media’s role within society. You will also have the opportunity to develop practical media skills and the department also arranges trips and workshops to support the topics being covered in the classroom.
What will I study?
The course is based on an understanding of the key media concepts of language, representation, audiences and institutions.
At AS Level you will study two units: Unit G321 – Foundation Portfolio in Media (Coursework) and Unit G322 – Key Media Concepts (Examination). The first unit involves you creating a media product from a series of briefs, involving research, planning and evaluation of the production process and final product. Students produce the opening credits for a film genre of their choice. In the second unit you will learn to analyse an unseen moving image extract and consider aspects of representation within the sequence. You will focus on the genre of TV Drama. You will also study a specific media industry – the film industry.
At A2 Level you will study two units: G324: Advanced Portfolio in Media (Coursework) and Unit G325 – Critical Perspectives in Media (Examination). In the coursework you will engage with contemporary media technologies to produce a media portfolio through a combination of two or more media and then present your research, planning and evaluation in digital format. This is a development of the skills from Unit G321. In the examined unit you will prepare for a paper which covers the two areas of Theoretical Evaluation of Production alongside a study of Contemporary Media Issues. In the first part of the exam you will describe and evaluate your skills development in your production work and then select one production to evaluate in relation to a media concept. In the second part of the exam you will choose one topic and then demonstrate your understanding of a contemporary issue through a range of texts, institutions, audiences and debates.
How will I be assessed?
Units G322 and G325 are assessed by exams which include an unseen piece of stimulus material and essay questions. Units G321 and G324 are coursework based practical production pieces.
You need to have a minimum of a C at GCSE in English and/or Media Studies.
You should also have an active interest in the media.
No deposit is requested for the use of equipment, but if a student wishes to use camera equipment off site a parent/guardian must sign a letter agreeing to cover full replacement costs of the equipment if it is lost or damaged. The only other cost is the cost of any department trips.