Media Studies A Level at Cirencester College
Film, television, radio, the press, advertising and the internet are the media through which ideas, attitudes and information are communicated. Media Studies explores how these channels work and aims to help you understand, criticise and enjoy media products by combining theoretical study with practical projects.
Watching and analysing media products; Practical assignments and video skills training; Discussions and presentations; Writing essays and evaluations; Research into the media industries; Devising scripts and schedules and visits to events, studios and screenings. This course links practical work with analysis of media texts and an understanding of the industry. By understanding more about professional practice and how the media industries are run, you will develop a more full appreciation of the significance of what we see, hear and read. You will also learn to use the College’s cameras and digital video edit suites, as well as techniques in audio recording, scripting, lighting and production management.
The first year, AS Media Studies is divided into two modules:
- MS1 Media Representations and Responses
- MS2 Media Production Processes
Through MS1 you will explore the ways the media represent people, places and events and how different audiences respond to media messages. You will develop skills in textual analysis and analyse media texts studied in class.
MS2 is divided into three sections:
- Pre production which requires students to research, devise and plan a media production
- Production where students work individually for print and digital pieces to complete a media production
- Evaluation where you are required to write an evaluation of both the process and the finished piece
You will explore films and TV programmes in detail and analyse texts from the perspective of a director. What the media show about the society that produces texts is also a key theme of the course. The study of specific genres is linked to media print productions and training in all relevant skills provided. The impact of digital media on audiences is another key topic and this includes a study of the effect of changes in media technology.
The A2 develops the skills acquired in the AS course and makes more detailed links with practical work, analysis of media texts and an understanding of the industry. You will study two modules:
- Media Investigation and Production
- Media: Text, Industry, Audience
The Media Investigation and Production module is coursework based, includes an 1800 word research piece, a video or print production and an evaluation and is worth 50% of the overall grade. The Evaluation Media is a examination also worth 50% of the overall grade.
MS1 is an examination worth 50% of the overall grade. MS2 is a piece of practical coursework, also worth 50% of the overall grade
Our past students have successfully found employment in the media industry, usually after completing a degree, they currently work in areas including
- Video Editing
- Radio and Television Production (working their way up from production runner and assistants)
- Feature Film Production
- Directing Photography for Music Videos.
They work for organisations ranging from The BBC (students both in Bristol and London), University of the Arts London, The Mill London and on campaigns for: BBC East Midlands, Channel Four Sports, Samsung and T4 on the Beach. These examples, which are all from past students who studied on the A Level course, prove that the media is a diverse industry to work in, with real employment opportunities for those who are prepared to work hard and be creative.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cirencester College directly.