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Media Studies at Waldegrave School and Sixth Form

Course description

Our world today is driven by a combination of information and entertainment values. There has been an explosion of different means of communication in print, television and online. This market for information is extremely competitive. Media is the study of a range of contemporary topics, where you will explore key concepts while looking closely at production processes and technologies.

Who would it suit?

You will enjoy this if you like to be both creative and practical. You will be developing a critical and analytical approach to media and media production. It is important that you are interested in a range of media products and how they shape the world we live in. You will become increasingly confident with digital technologies such as cameras and media software, so you should have an interest in developing these skills. You will also need to be an independent researcher as you will investigate TV dramas, film, music, radio, video games and magazines.

 

Jello Biafra says “Don’t hate the media become the media.”

Course content

Broadcasting (television, radio, film, and audio/ visual promotional material); e-media (websites, blogs, podcasts, music/film downloads and games); and print (newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing texts including promotional materials). Over the two years you will investigate a wide range of media texts, acquire an understanding of media languages and conventions and the ways these are used. You will complete at least two major practical production projects.

Assessment

The AS examination considers Media Language, Forms and Representations, studying how meanings and representations are constructed in media products through media language, as well as considering how they are influenced by social, cultural, historical and industry (including economic and political) contexts. Relevant theoretical approaches and theories are also studied.  In addition there will be one non-examined unit in which students create a single Media product specified by the exam board.  These concepts are expanded upon at A2 with a greater consideration of contemporary Media theory and patterns of production and ownership.

Future opportunities

Media communication is now a feature of almost any sector. It’s valued by a wide range of universities which offer degrees in creative media, marketing, public relations, advertising, business and the arts.

Further information

Enrichment opportunities include conferences, visiting speakers, visits to media institutions and trade shows, as well as reporting and creative writing opportunities.

Who to contact for more advice?

Mr Paul Taylor Peace

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017
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