Media Studies

Why choose Media Studies?

Media Studies is a fast-growing subject, increasing in popularity at both A level and degree level. The AS and A level Media Studies courses give you a broad experience of many different aspects of the media, plus the opportunity to carry out your own research and produce your own print and video products. It equips you with the skills and knowledge to engage critically with the wide range of media you encounter in everyday life. This course will touch on most of the main media at some point: film, television, advertising and a range of new media, such as websites and video games. You will carry out studies of specific types of texts. A range of concepts and issues will also be covered: how the media represents particular social groups, who owns the media and how this affects the type of media produced. 

Case studies will be carried out on specific areas such as film, broadcasting, television, advertising and a range of other media. You will learn to use digital video cameras and digital editing equipment to produce your own video work. Practical work gives you opportunities for collaborating with others, sharing creative ideas and researching material for your own original work. The course involves a high percentage of practical coursework (50%). You will have the opportunity to develop digital stills photography and related ICT skills and use them to create their own media products. You can expect to develop a wide range of specific and practical skills such as video-editing, using up-to-date and sophisticated video and digital stills cameras. There are three purpose-built video editing suites and staff and students have the support of an audio-visual technician. You will communicate your ideas using new media, as well as research, analytical and discussion techniques. The course lends itself to a wide range of approaches: class and group discussion, practical projects involving still photography and video, and analysis of a range of films, television programmes, magazines and advertising. The English and Media department organises a number of trips and events. Media Studies students participate in the TES Newsday competition and in film education activities.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade B in English Language or Literature or a relevant Diploma at merit level or above.

Awarding Body

WJEC

Units of Study

AS Level

Media Studies - Unit 1

Media Representations and Responses: You will learn how to analyse and discuss a whole range of different media products from a variety of perspectives; this will cover advertising, television, film, websites, magazines and a whole lot more.

 

Media Studies - Unit 2

Media Production Processes: You will learn how to use digital video cameras and editing to produce a filmed piece.

A2 Level

Media Studies - Unit 3

Media Investigation and Production: You will carry out your own research on a chosen media area; you will then use this to produce either a filmed or a print piece.

Media Studies - Unit 4

Text, Industry and Audience: You will study three different media industries and make a detailed study of their products, production methods and audiences.