Media Studies is challenging, interesting, creative and fun. It is a very relevant subject as we are surrounded by media! It combines aspects of Graphics, Photography, English and History. It encourages creativity, teaches analytical skills and introduces you to critical ways of thinking about how ideas are represented and how you both consume and create media. These skills are highly valued by schools and universities.
Coursework is around one-third of the course, so it is crucial that you are able meet deadlines and manage your work independently. It really helps to be confident in using ICT too, as you will work with cameras, computers and a variety of creative software programmes. It also helps to be good at English, as there is a lot of terminology, textual analysis and theory to study, and attention to detail and strong analytical skills are important.
What will I learn?
- How to apply media language (codes and conventions) to a wide range of Close Study Products (CSPs) and additional examples.
- How the media represents different people and ideas
- How texts appeal to their target audience, and how audiences use media texts to meet their own needs.
- How to plan and construct music posters, storyboards, magazines, blogs and more.
- How to work creatively and independently to a set brief (options change every year), researching key media texts and industries.
Two written exams
- Media One – applying Media Language, Representation, Industries and Audiences to various CSPs and an unseen source. 1.5 hour exam, 35% of GCSE.
- Media Two – based on a television CSP and newspapers or online media and video games CSP. 1.5 hour exam, 35% of GCSE.
- Non-exam assessment – a range of options in annually changing briefs, 30% of GCSE. Students produce a statement of intent and a media product for an intended audience.
Where does this lead?
Media Studies can be a great stepping stone towards A level courses involving Social Sciences/Humanities, Graphics and of course, Media Studies at A level.
Media Studies A Level is an extension of what you learn at GCSE. You will get to analyse a range of set products and plan, create and evaluate your own products in line with a brief. You will use industry standard software and equipment. A great start to a career in Advertising, Journalism, Design, Film and much more!