A-level Media Studies is offered in the Sixth Form
In contemporary times, the question really should be why are we not studying media already? Media is everywhere. Our lives are saturated with TV, games, cinema, websites, adverts, everywhere we look. It is fundamental that we have a clear understanding of these products and how they are created in order to fully understand the world in which we live. In addition, for young men in London, there are thousands of career opportunities in Media. We live in one of the leading global media centres and the hub for the biggest and still fastest growing worldwide industry – you are in prime position to be a part of that industry and forge a career in what is a vibrant, ever-changing world.
Media Studies A-level covers all forms of media; digital, print or broadcast. We look at everything from computer games to movies to magazines and adverts, examining what makes them successful and creating our own media texts as well.
You will research and analyse a variety of media products before using that knowledge to create an effective and influential product of your own. You will have the opportunity to design and create your own magazine, music video or TV show intro, along with a matching website, using industry standard editing software and camera equipment.
You will analyse and deconstruct a range of media texts including print adverts, music videos, newspapers, video games, TV shows and more, looking at both their physical construction and their influence on the world.
The course covers all areas of the media theoretical framework; Language, Representation, Industry and Audience. Within these areas are a wide range of specific media platforms studied, with particular focus on the highly influential, political or economically powerful industries of news and long-form TV drama. This is supplemented with a case-study approach to the other areas of media, including film, video games, advertising and marketing, radio, music videos and magazines. Students will also cover 19 separate critical theories and be able to apply them to existing products, giving them the tools to thoroughly understand construction, purpose and effect.