From the internet to television, from music to video games, much of our waking lives is dominated by consuming, talking about and using the media. This course seeks to broaden and deepen your understanding of the media and the role that it plays in society. During the course there will be analysis of examples of a range of media texts, from music videos to video games. You will use the internet for research and take part in small group and whole class discussions, note-taking and essay writing. In your own time, you will be expected to broaden your research into specific areas related to the units you are studying. Much of the time will be spent working with others in making and researching media products, so the course is very ‘hands-on’.
You will learn how to shoot and edit video. You will work on projects in groups, creating an original piece of coursework, including the soundtrack and titles, using a professional editing program. You will research and plan this project on a group blog.
For the examinations, you will explore a wide range of media, including advertising, magazines, music videos, video games and film. You will not only explore how media is constructed, but also how audiences interact with the media. You will learn how producers target audiences and market texts, as well as the various theories and concepts that shape modern media.
Assessment: the coursework is worth 30% of your overall grade. There are two exams at at the end of second year, which are worth 70% of your overall grade.
Is it for me?
You will enjoy and benefit from Media A level if you:
- are interested in the way that media shapes the world in which we live;
- would like to explore the way that media are used to express a range of themes;
- would like to look at the practical side of media as well as the underlying theory.
Visits from industry professionals, cinema trips and exhibitions of student work at the Arts Picturehouse Cinema in Cambridge form an important part of the course.
At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 in a range of subjects including Maths and English. A Grade 4 or equivalent is required in Media Studies if taken at GCSE level.
Examination board: WJEC