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AS Media Studies at Millbrook Academy

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MS1: MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS AND RESPONSES
This unit aims to provide candidates with a framework for analysing the media and requires them to explore representations and audience/user responses. Candidates will be encouraged to explore the media through a study of genre, narrative and representation and make connections between the texts and audience/user responses to them. In the developing area of interactive media, this involves considering users and their interaction with texts. It will be important for candidates to be provided with a range of examples which will enable them to understand and interpret the media independently. The representations of social/cultural groups, events, issues and their underlying messages and values will be explored using a range of approaches.
MS2: MEDIA PRODUCTION PROCESSES
This unit is designed to enable candidates to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in media production processes through research, planning, production and evaluation. Candidates will be required to produce three pieces of linked work. These will comprise:
 a pre-production reflecting research and demonstrating planning techniques
 a production which has developed out of the pre-production
 a report of 1200 - 1600 words.

 

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MS1: MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS AND RESPONSES
This unit aims to provide candidates with a framework for analysing the media and requires them to explore representations and audience/user responses. Candidates will be encouraged to explore the media through a study of genre, narrative and representation and make connections between the texts and audience/user responses to them. In the developing area of interactive media, this involves considering users and their interaction with texts. It will be important for candidates to be provided with a range of examples which will enable them to understand and interpret the media independently. The representations of social/cultural groups, events, issues and their underlying messages and values will be explored using a range of approaches.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs Grade A*-B

Assessment

MS2: MEDIA PRODUCTION PROCESSES
This unit is designed to enable candidates to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in media production processes through research, planning, production and evaluation. Candidates will be required to produce three pieces of linked work. These will comprise:
 a pre-production reflecting research and demonstrating planning techniques
 a production which has developed out of the pre-production
 a report of 1200 - 1600 words.

Future opportunities

Media Studies is an engaging new course designed to give students an opportunity to discuss, consider and analyse a wide range of text types, as well as develop an insight into how media forms are created and produced. It is both enjoyable and often enlightening as students study texts with an evaluative eye, as a piece of art to be decoded, interpreted, understood and cherished. The course is designed to:
 enhance enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in our daily lives
 develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of production skills
 explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts
 become independent in research skills and their application in their production work and in developing their own views and interpretations.
The course is for students who have strong communication skills, can think critically and are able to develop ideas on a practical level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Millbrook Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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