The world of the media is the world we work and dream in. Wherever we turn, we are surrounded by all types of media; this subject questions what meaning these everyday experiences communicate to us. Media Studies focuses on how meanings are created and produced through media texts, products and institutions. The media includes the internet, television, print (newspapers, magazines), film (cinema) and sound (radio).
There are also practices across the media such as advertising, news and sports coverage. The media industry is one of the most powerful global operations that exist in modern society and it is big business. This course makes you think (differently) about the world you inhabit and ‘a world’ the media constructs. It challenges you to make your own media texts and products, using excellent resources and facilities.
(AS) Unit One: Investigating Media. You will study the main media platforms of broadcasting, e‐media and print. A wide range of media texts will be studied across the three platforms and you will learn how a set of Key Concepts underpin this study. The unit will also cover cross‐media topic areas such as: Broadcast/Film Fiction, Documentary, Music, News and Sport.
(AS) Unit Two: Creating Media. This unit provides you with the opportunity to work individually or in a group to create media products from a production brief provided by the Awarding Body.
(A2) Unit Three: Critical Perspectives. Two pre‐set topic areas are studied across the three media platforms developing your understanding of media text communication by considering the contexts of how media products are created; such as the wider social, historical, political and economic issues.
(A2) Unit Four: Media: Research and Production. This unit will require you to produce a critical investigation into an area of media activity that interests you and a linked production that illustrates aspects of your investigation. Media Studies is a full and active course that will both encourage and challenge your view of the world in which you are part.
What We Add
The media suite of rooms includes access to a television studio, sound recording (radio) equipment; Apple Macs to create your production work and first class IT resources that will support your research and analytical skills.
Staff are highly qualified in production skills and academic study as well as working for the Awarding Bodies.
Opportunity to work in a range of media platforms and to support and or create enrichment activities such as a weekly televised magazine news programme.
You will need to meet the standard college entry criteria for A Level courses.
After Sixth Form
You can go on to university to study for a degree in media, cultural studies, film and TV, advertising or a wide range of degree programmes related to Media Studies. Your career choices will also include a wide range of design and creative industry opportunities; some of which are still developing or as yet not available, as they could be started by you!