Media Studies

Aims and Overview of the Media Studies Departmentmedia studies

This dynamic subject is offered at both GCSE and AS/A2 levels and has proved to be extremely popular due to its emphasis on contemporary issues and debates. There is comprehensive and integrated coverage of media theory and practice with a major focus on new technology. Opportunities are incorporated so that students can investigate what interests them with practical productions being a main thread across the possible four years of study.

The basis of the course is the framework of the key concepts of Media Forms, Media Representations, Media Industries and Media Audiences which are then applied across the three Media Platforms of Broadcasting, Digital/web-based media (e-media) and Print.

Staffing

Mrs L McKay (Subject Leader)
Mr A Nicholl
Miss G Stevenson

Facilities

The newly equipped Media Suite provides state of the art filming and editing equipment to allow students to shoot on DV cameras and edit on Apple Mac computers. Room 228 is used for screenings of films, documentaries and television programmes and there is an extensive library of text books, exemplar and stimulus material. Dell PCs are accessible for web research and desk top publishing. Room 226 is a new Mac room that allows for individual projects to be edited.

 

Why Study Media Studies?

This course will encourage students to develop and enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives. They will develop a critical understanding of the media through an engagement with media products and concepts and through creative application of practical skills by exploring production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts. They will become independent in research skills and in their application of their practical work in developing their own views and interpretations and becoming critically autonomous.

It would be of benefit for students choosing this subject to have access to a DV camera and editing software.

GCSE

Specification/Exam Board:  AQA

Subject Content (Theoretical Framework):

  • Media Language
  • Media Representation
  • Media Industries
  • Media Audiences

Study of 9 Close Study Products that cover all forms of media including:

  • Audio-visual forms (TV, film, radio, advertising and marketing, video games and music video)
  • Online forms (social and participatory media, video games, music video, newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing)
  • Print forms (newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing)

All products will be considered in the light of the contexts:

  • Social
  • Cultural
  • Historical
  • Political

Assessments

Paper 1 Written Exam – 35% of GCSE – 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 2 Exam – 35% of GCSE – 1 hour 30 minutes

Non-Exam Assessment: Creating a Media Product – 30% of GCSE

 

media magazine examples

A- Level

Specification/Exam Board:  AQA

Criteria for Entry: Grade B or above in GCSE Media or English

AS

Subject Content (Theoretical Framework):

  • Media Language
  • Media Representation
  • Media Industries
  • Media Audiences

Study of 3 Close Study Products that cover all forms of media including, one from eacjh platform:

  • Audio-visual forms (TV, film, radio, advertising and marketing, video games and music video)
  • Online forms (social and participatory media, video games, music video, newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing)
  • Print forms (newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing)

All products will be considered in the light of the contexts:

  • Social
  • Cultural
  • Economic
  • Historical
  • Political

Assessments

Paper 1 Written Exam – 70% of GCSE – 2 hours 30 minutes

Non-Exam Assessment: Creating a Media Product – 30% of GCSE

AS media magazine examples

A2

Unit 3 MEST 3: Critical Perspectives (written exam 25% of A level) Building on AS work to look more fully at the contexts of media consumption. The following debates and theories will be studied:

Media Debates

Representation
Media Effects
Reality TV
News Values
Moral Panics
Post 9/11 and the media
Ownership and Control
Regulation and Censorship
Media Technology and the digital revolution – changing technologies in the 21st century.

Media Theories

Semiotics
Structuralism and post-structuralism
Postmodernism and its critiques
Politics and the media
Gender and ethnicity
Marxism and Hegemony
Liberal Pluralism
Colonialism and Post-colonialism
Consumption and Production
Audience Theories
Genre Theories

Students will study two pre-set media topics.

Unit 4 MEST 4: Research and Production (practical unit internally assessed 25% of A Level)

Students will have to produce a media product linked to their research for an individual critical investigation.   In both units cross-cultural factors and the effects of globalisation on the media will be studied.

Alevel media magazine examples

Useful web linkswww.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/
http://www.slideshare.net/?ss
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/tv
http://classes.yale.edu/film-analysis/index.htm
http://media.edusites.co.uk/
http://www.britishpathe.com/
http://www.wrx.zen.co.uk/britnews.htm
http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/galleries/colorful-websites/
http://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/
http://www.englishbiz.co.uk/semiotics/
http://users.aber.ac.uk/dgc/media/index.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/subjects/media_studies.shtml
http://www.bfi.org.uk/
http://www.mediauk.com/
http://4filmmaking.com/
http://www.imdb.com/
http://www.britishpapers.co.uk/
http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/features/frontpage/memorable.html
http://www.channel4.com/