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Media Studies

Overview

Today we live in a media-saturated society, where not a day goes by where we do not consume media. The media landscape is rapidly changing with the development of new technology changing the way media is produced, and how we consume and interact with the media.

This course equips you with the knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the media, exploring media language to understand how messages are communicated, institutions and ownership influencing production, and the way audiences consume. We will explore the role that media plays in society and debate the potential effects of media on audiences. Context will be a key area of study, discussing the significance of culture, society and politics.

Entry Requirements

You are expected to have achieved at least a 5 in GCSE Media Studies, if taken, or a similar subject

Learning & Assessment

Modules / Topics

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences

This module explored media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. Students will assess media language and representation and contexts in relation to different media forms: advertising, marketing, music video, radio, video games or newspapers.

 

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

You will study three media forms in depth, exploring all areas of the theoretical framework - media language, representation, media industries, and audiences - in relation to set products, which include television, magazines, blogs and websites.

 

Component 3: Cross-Media Production

Students will undertake research into genre, existing products and audience to create a media text according to a brief, which will be accompanied by an evaluation.

Trips / Visits / Enrichment

Tyneside cinema for video editing work shops

Assessment

Component 1: 35% externally assessed exam

Component 2: 35% externally assessed exam

Component 3: 30% internally assessed coursework production

Life on Mars

The Bridge

Late Night Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4)

Many students progress to university to study subjects such as Film, Media, Communication and Cultural Studies, PR and Journalism. Many of the degrees are a mix of practical work and theory. Previous students have gone on to become journalists as well as working in TV and Film in a variety of roles.

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