In Media Studies you will learn how to analyse and create media products within a theoretical framework including:

  • Semiotics
  • Narratology 
  • Representation 
  • Genre
  • Postmodernism 

General College entry criteria apply. 

Media Studies teaches you how to explore media such as TV programmes, newspapers, adverts and music videos. You will explore various genres and how these can influence an audience, along with examining how various current issues are represented.

Of course, you will create your own media products such as magazines and TV opening sequences.

During the course you will learn how media texts are affected by social, cultural, historical, political and economic contexts, studying texts from different formats and historical periods. You will explore a range of diverse formats and texts as part of this, such as Assassin’s Creed and a text produced for a non-English speaking audience, through these you will engage with complex theories such as structuralism, feminism and postmodernism.

Building on your skills and knowledge, you will be taught how to use industry standard equipment and software to create a production portfolio. This will include a sequence from a new television programme and related print products e.g. a magazine cover. You will have access to a purpose built studio and technician support to ensure the highest quality of work.

Whether you are passionate about developing a career in the media industries or just curious to understand how media texts are created, Media Studies offers a wealth of opportunities to develop both academic and practical transferable skills. 

30% Coursework and 70% examinations:

Media Studies A Level will be assessed by two written examinations at the end of two years and a media production consisting of video and print based artefacts.

You should talk to our excellent department staff at one of our Open Events to understand the different examination series in year 1 and year 2. 

There is potential for you to progress on to a wide range of university degrees leading to careers in television and  film production, advertising, journalism and other related media industries. You will also develop a wide range of transferable skills such as analytical and research skills and proficiency in the use of industry standard software including Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. 

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