What is Media Studies?
Media Studies explores media forms such as TV, film, advertising, publishing, music, online content and gaming. You'll analyse this content through a number of media texts and develop an understanding of how they are designed to create meaning and appeal for their target audiences, as well as their role in contemporary culture.
The A-Level is an academic study, as opposed to the BTEC, and you'll develop an understanding of how media texts are created and ‘coded’ in order to carry meaning to their various target audiences, how and why media texts are created, the theories that explain how they carry meaning, and the ways in which they may be interpreted by audiences. You will explore and debate how different groups are represented in society, media coverage of key events, as well as possible futures in media. As part of your A-Level you'll explore a foreign language text, independent and older texts in addition to contemporary examples.
Alongside this analysis, you'll have the opportunity to put your knowledge and understanding into practice via coursework, in projects such as creating a film opening, a music video, a digipak, a print advertisement or a website. The coursework is also a chance for you to develop your practical skills, such as desktop publishing, film making and editing.
You will undertake tasks individually, in groups and sometimes as a whole class with discussion on a range of issues requiring you to think, question and challenge your own ideas as well as others.