Media Studies is an exciting A Level subject. Students will be familiar with some of the approaches through their study of English, though Media texts come in diverse forms. Texts are analysed and deconstructed for meaning and their impact is assessed. A Level Media also explores the business aspects of media production, a multi-billion dollar industry. Students are also given the opportunity to create media products from short films to magazines, using the latest technology and methods.
The effects of Internet media are felt globally and influence our daily lives. Much of the course explores the impact of social media, online content and gaming on our culture, identity and society at large.
Traditional forms of media such as film, music, newspapers, magazines and television have long been seen as an accompaniment to our lives, whether used as expressions of taste and personal identity or simply diversions. These remain an important part of what we study, exploring how they remain relevant in the 21st Century.
The Media department has a dedicated editing suite, with top of the range cameras and filming equipment, along with industry-standard desktop publishing and photo-design packages. Fantastic opportunities are available for students to improve their understanding outside the classroom; talks at the BFI, visits to movie sets and attendance at a series of lectures and workshops, including behind the scenes access at Disneyland, Paris.
Media Studies is an increasingly popular choice for entry into many degree courses including English, the Social Sciences, Arts, Film, Journalism, Political Science and Literary Studies.