Media Studies

Department Overview

The purpose of GCSE Media Studies is to empower students to critically understand the influence and effects of various media platforms. An appreciation of how these shape our modern complex digital world and how audiences respond to them is key to the qualification. This is a course that embraces new technology and looks to foster an awareness and comprehension of media platforms, including tablets, smart phones and gaming. We have a designated media room, access to editing software and excellent digital cameras to support students in their media work.

Students study a range of media texts, media productions and consider how these are consumed. Students begin the course with a grounding in media terminology, before moving on to exploring media representation, alongside exploring media industries and audiences. Students will also study media forms and products, in focusing in particular on television, music videos and online media. The course has a 30% coursework element which involves applying knowledge and understanding of media language in creating their own media product. Students are taught to appreciate, understand and articulate how the shifting historical, social and political contexts of various media affect audiences.

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