Studying Media involves the production and understanding of audio, visual and textual products made for creative and commercial purposes. Media Studies is a fun but challenging subject that shows you how much you already know about the media and teaches you skills that will make you even more analytical, critical, and perceptive and able to communicate more effectively, in different ways, to different types of people. It also shows you how and why media products are made and how important they are in the modern world.
You will study radio production in the first year and how to make a short film in the second year. This gives you a great opportunity of applying academic theories to practical products using software such as Final Cut Pro. Every year outstanding student work is entered into competitions and in the past we have had work exhibited at The Corner House in Manchester. The power of both the still and moving image to manipulate and to influence values and attitudes makes it imperative in this age of print, film and television and the internet that you, the audience, are equipped with the critical skills to understand the rhetoric of the image.
On this course you will have the opportunity to research, discuss and debate all sorts of controversial issues that are thrown up by the media.
Why study Media?
Who knows? Well you do, for a start. Having been brought up in a world saturated with images, so called 'facts', sounds, actors, celebrities, films, newspapers and magazines there are few people more qualified to make judgments about modern life than you are. Hang on though. Maybe your judgement could be improved; perhaps you could become even more perceptive; maybe you could see all the more clearly if you were made aware of just how much knowledge and expertise you already have about the media.
Do you realise how powerful the media is? And by powerful we mean how it shapes our knowledge, emotions, politics, and attitudes, not things like 'listening to rap music makes you go out and shoot people'. That's just daft. The bottom line is that Media Studies is a fun but challenging subject that shows you how much you already know and teaches you lots of skills that make you even more analytical, critical, and perceptive and able to communicate more effectively, in different ways, to different types of people.
To be considered for entry onto our A Level courses you should have:
Three Grade 5s (Bs) plus two Grade 4s (Cs) including Grade 4s in English Language and Maths plus a high average GCSE point score and any individual subject requirements.
Students can progress to Higher Education to study a variety of media-related courses such as Film and Media Studies. This course also gives you the opportunity to produce coursework for the display of creative talent, skills and theoretical understanding. This portfolio of practical work will also be useful for employment interviews.