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Film Studies AS/A Level at New College Durham

Course description

By studying this subject you will develop your knowledge and understanding of how different media encode meaning for their audience and how they function as a business and as an institution.

Course content

Through case studies of different media, critical perspectives and institutional context you will have the opportunity to develop a broad knowledge about media theory and practice.

At AS Level you will produce a media portfolio from a series of briefs. This involves studying print based media such as newspapers and magazines by creating a product from pre-production all the way to a fully realised piece.

As well as these practical skills you will also study theoretical concepts behind film and television drama. You will explore: 

  • Production
  • Textual Analysis
  • Representation
  • Institutions and Audiences
  • Media Industry

At A2 Level the emphasis is on critical perspectives in media. There are opportunities to study a wide range of topics such as:

  • Contemporary Media Regulation
  • Post-modern Media
  • Media in the Online Age

The coursework for A2 requires engagement with two contemporary media such as print, web or games software to produce a media portfolio.

Entry requirements

To study with us you will need a minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C which must include GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English.

Future opportunities

This A Level, in combination with other subjects, contributes as a qualification to higher education courses in Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Communication Studies, Media Production, Television Studies, and Literature. 

Studying one of these higher education courses will give you opportunities in the film and media industries, including film making, direction, editing, production, post-production, script writing and media research.

Related careers
Teaching or other educational professional n.e.c. Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of other education and teaching occupations not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 231: Teaching and Educational Professionals.
Journalist, newspaper or periodical editor Jobholders in this unit group investigate and write up stories and features for broadcasting and for newspapers, magazines and other periodicals, evaluate and manage their style and content and oversee the editorial direction of these types of output and publication.
Actor, entertainer or presenter Actors, entertainers and presenters sing, portray roles in dramatic productions, perform comedy routines, gymnastic feats and tricks of illusion, train animals to perform and perform with them, and introduce and present radio and television programmes.
Arts officer, producer or director Arts officers, producers and directors assume creative, financial and organisational responsibilities in the production and direction of television and radio programmes, films, stage presentations, content for other media, and the promotion and exhibition of other creative activities.
Photographer, audio-visual or broadcasting equipment operator Workers in this unit group operate and assist with still, cine and television cameras and operate other equipment to record, manipulate and project sound and vision for entertainment, cultural, commercial and industrial purposes.
TV, video or audio engineer TV, video and audio engineers service and repair domestic television, video and audio appliances.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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