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A Level Media Studies at Ilfracombe Academy

Course description

As part of the course, students will:

  •  Understand how the media conveys ideologies regarding gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and age through media, evaluating the impact on society
  •  Explore how the internet is changing the way we produce, experience and ‘pay’ for media – now and in the future
  •  Develop ICT skills as part of the practical production modules, producing different pieces of media to show an understanding of genre and audience
  •  Meet frequent strict deadlines for intensive coursework tasks while working independently
  •  Become informed media critics, focusing on reading different forms of media and analysing them, developing an understanding of social/historical contexts
  •  Develop skills of independent study and enhance their powers of writing and speaking, especially in group discussions

Course content

Year 12 – AS Level

Unit 1 - Foundation Portfolio (Production)

Web-based portfolio showing investigations into the Thriller genre and detailed preproduction tasks; producing the opening of a Thriller film with titles; multimedia evaluation.

Unit 2 - Key Media Concepts (TV Drama)

2hr Examination:

a) TV Drama - Essay applying theoretical & technical knowledge to an unseen clip.

b) Institutions and Audiences - study one aspect of the Media Industry to understand what it is, how it works and how the web is changing it.

Year 13 – A Level

Unit 3 - Advanced Portfolio (Production) Web portfolio showing investigations into Music Videos and detailed preproduction tasks; Music Video production with supporting CD digipak & print advert; multimedia evaluation.

Unit 4 - Critical Perspectives in Media

2hr Essay-based Examination:

a) Describe and evaluate development of own production skills in relation to one media concept.

b) Discuss Media in the Online Age, applying key media concepts and considering the impact on society, the media industry and the audience.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Studies - Grade C (the course is writing intensive with academic essays in the examinations) Superb time management, organization and motivation. Recommendation from Media or English teacher. Enthusiasm for and understanding of the media.

Financial information

OCR Media Studies books - approx cost £20.00

Future opportunities

Web-based media is one of the fastest growing industries in the country. Media Studies can be developed at university as a specific course as well as in courses such as advertising or ICT. Apart from the obvious avenues into TV and Film production (videography, editing, directing), the skills acquired are transferable and can be developed into a high level of ICT understanding along with the artistic and detailed analytical qualities that you will gain.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 April 2015

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