Media Studies AS/A Level at The Commonweal School
This course is designed to provide you with a captivating and informative introduction to the role and increasing influence of mass media in society today. You will develop a critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of production skills. It includes studying aspects such as issues of representation across a range of media texts, from films and television to magazines and websites, amongst others. It also aims to address the role of today’s changing audiences, key media industries and institutions. Analysis and production of moving image, digital media and print-based texts are an essential part of the MS1 course, alongside media theory, photography and vital critical perspectives. Media Studies is challenging, interesting and creative.
You will need a GCSE grade C in English Language, although a D grade acceptance will be subject to an interview. It is essential that you are able to write in a clear, well-structured fashion along with the ability to learn a large amount of new vocabulary. It really helps to be ICT-confident as you will be working with cameras, media equipment and computers using a variety of creative and editing software programmes. A strong interest in English is also of great benefit as there is a lot of textual analysis and theory to study. Experience in Art, Photography or Design subjects would be advantageous for the production elements of the course. The media world is constantly evolving, therefore you will need to keep up to date and be aware of current trends, economic and cultural developments.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Commonweal School directly.