MEDIA STUDIES

What does the course involve?

Media Studies is a wonderfully complex, engaging and challenging subject. The course will force you to look at the world differently and will open your eyes to the media saturated culture that surrounds us. You will learn how to analyse a range of different media texts, paying particular attention to the worlds of contemporary film and documentary. The knowledge you gain about these subject areas will then arm you with the tools to plan, film and edit your own trailer, opening sequence or documentary. You will learn the theoretical background to the key concepts of the media and be able to explore an area of your own interest in greater detail as the course progresses.

 

There are three units:

Component 1: Investigating the Media

Component 2: Investigating Media Forms and Products

Component 3: Media Production

       

 

What qualifications do I need?

This course is suitable for students who have achieved a grade ‘4’ or above in either English Literature or English Language.

Equipment

All learning resources such as text books and any equipment which is necessary to carry out practical productions will be provided by the department.

Assessment

Of the three units followed: units one and two are externally assessed, whilst unit three is internally assessed.

General Comments

This is both a creative and an academic course and will suit those people who would like to exercise all parts of the mind. It is an exciting time to learn about the media and the knowledge that you gain may not only make for an interesting course, but may also turn out to be vital in any lifelong attempt to understand the world we live in.

Future Prospects

The GCE in Media Studies gives an excellent grounding in a range of employment related specialist areas. With further training or study you could go on to a wide range of careers in the media such as:

  • Broadcasting
  • Sound production
  • Film video and TV production
  • Journalism etc

Videos from the Department

This presentation from Mr Wilcock, Head of Media Studies, gives an overview of the course and what subject matter it will cover.

Mr Wilcock asks two of his students, Jack and Alice, about their take on Media Studies, what they enjoy and what skills the course teaches you