Media Studies A Level at Coombe Boys' School
This subject offers you the opportunity to explore, analyse, discuss and challenge the construction and impact of mass media texts upon audiences. This will be done by providing you with a theoretical understanding of the mass media in society and methods for analysing media texts (e.g. television programmes, films, music videos and websites) as well as with the development of practical skills for media production.
There is a 50/50 balance of theory and practical work in both AS and A2 which means that you will learn about how media industries operate as well as how texts are constructed by making your own films, music videos and promotional materials. You will research and investigate issues and debates surrounding the role of the media in society, analyse texts from a variety of media, and even publish your own blog.
The modules cover textual analysis, representation, audiences and institutions as well as core media theory in A2 studied through music video, film and television drama genres amongst others. You will explore critical media perspectives and contemporary debates, all using new media, mac computers and the latest digital equipment and software.
Both AS and A2 consist of one coursework module and one taught exam module. In AS you will study representation in television drama, the film industry in the UK and worldwide and construct the opening of your own film. This construction will be accompanied by a production log which will take the form of a blog.
In A2 you will research into the music industry, analysing and constructing your own music videos which will be accompanied by a further production blog.
The exam requires the application of critical media theory to your production work throughout the course and the detailed study of contemporary issues and debates such as the development of collective identity, globalization and the effects of new media on society
There is no requirement that you will have taken the subject at GCSE but a strong pass in English is preferred. It would suit those who are critical thinkers, enjoy consuming a wide range of media and exploring new ideas. Visually creative and ICT adept students will also find this subject particularly suited to their skills.
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Due to the amount of theory that underpins all aspects of media studies, you will become a critical thinker and an independent learner with the ability to manage difficult and often abstract concepts. You will engage in political, sociological and moral debates, forming your own opinions on ideas stemming from the impact of media texts and the process of global mediation, all informed by academic theory.
You will also develop a sophisticated range of practical skills: such as making film and video, blogging and podcasting using Photoshop, Premier Pro and Audition.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombe Boys' School directly.