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Media Studies A Level at Lansdowne College

Course description

Media Studies is a diverse and interesting course that applies key concepts from philosophy, psychology, sociology and literary criticism to journalism and popular culture. Its analytical, essay-based structure encourages critical thinking and asks students to create arguments from different viewpoints, taking into consideration gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality and disability.

The practical coursework is a choice between print design or film-making in which students demonstrate their understanding of the form and function of media products by creating one of their own. With our industry standard equipment, students demonstrate their creative and technical skills, producing work that, at its highest level, is indistinguishable from professional media products.

Course content

AS:

  • Textual analysis of an unseen media product
  • Theories of narrative and genre
  • Representations of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, age, national and regional identity and current social issues
  • Theories considering audience demographics and habits
  • Research production and evaluation of a media product (film or print)
A-Level:
  • Detailed case studies of three media industries
  • Industry focus on digital technology, global media and distribution
  • Detailed research investigation on a topic of choice
  • Production of a media text that reflects the findings of the research investigation

Assessment

50% Coursework: research, production and evaluation

50% Exam: 1 paper (2hrs 30mins)

Future opportunities

Media Studies, Cultural Theory and Communication Studies are direct undergraduate courses that follow on from A-Level. Our A-Level Media Studies course is also useful to related subjects, including Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy and English Literature and its practical elements are beneficial to students who are interested in Art, Graphics and Photography courses, or to anyone wishing to work in the industry after graduation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lansdowne College directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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