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Media Studies

Subject Area: Visual & Performing Arts
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: WJEC
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What do I need to study this course?

No previous experience of Media Studies required, but you should have at least grade 4 in GCSE English. You will be expected to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained through other relevant study at key stage 4, particularly literacy and analytical skills. You must have a genuine interest in the Media and be keen to explore a wide range of texts across print, broadcast and E-media. An open mind and an enjoyment of critical analysis are essential.

What will I study?

You will examine a wide range of media texts taken from broadcast, print and E-media, including contemporary, historical and global examples, using appropriate analytical tools, theories and language in order to understand how media texts are constructed. You will explore how individuals, social/cultural groups, events and issues are represented in media texts and how audiences respond to and interpret those texts. You will demonstrate a practical application of your learning through the planning and creation of an individual media product.

You will develop your learning at AS through the critical debate of key questions relating to the social, cultural, economic and political role of the media through sustained discursive writing, reflecting on a range of complex theories in order to critically analyse and compare how a wide range of media products are constructed and communicate meanings. You will use this knowledge and understanding to independently create a cross media production.

What next?

Media Studies is a rapidly developing subject and a strong growth area for career opportunities. The majority of top universities now offer a variety of excellent media courses. A higher than average number of Media graduates go straight into full-time employment. Employers value their creative intelligence, social awareness and practical skills.