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Media Studies A level at East Norfolk Sixth Form College

Course description

AS / A2 Media Studies takes you on a wonderful journey through print, advertising, music, television, film and the internet allowing you to get beneath the surface of the media. In the first year you will become media literate (being able to read both moving image as well as print media forms) through a blend of theory and practical exercises.

You will study music magazine production and use Adobe Photoshop to create print products informed by your own music tastes. Then, for the exam, you will look at representation in television drama.

In the second year you will look at the politics and historical context behind horror media texts and then plan, shoot and edit a film trailer using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects.

Course content

You will:

  • Learn essential analytical skills in order to ‘read’ films, television programmes, advertising materials, magazines, music and online texts
  • Study media institutions and audiences
  • Consider how the media represents the world and the people in it
  • Make media products including magazine front covers, contents pages, double page spreads, film posters and film trailers.

You will also be presented with opportunities to attend film screenings and a trip to London to visit the BBC, British Film Institute and Warner Bros. Studios.

Entry requirements

Grade D in GCSE English Language. Anyone with a Grade D will have to take GCSE English Language alongside their programme. There is a significant design element to the course so the ability to think and work creatively and independently is important.

Assessment

Awarding Body - OCR

50% coursework and 50% examination at AS & A2.

Financial information

You will be expected to purchase a SDHC memory card at the start of the course for backing up important work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Norfolk Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

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