Take Media Studies if you… Are interested in films, TV programmes, advertising, the news, videogames, web design, blogging etc? Want to be able to think critically and analytically about the media you interact with on a daily basis Are interested in producing your own media products. Are predicted at least Cs in five GCSE subjects?
Don’t take Media Studies if you think… It’s all about running around school with a camera. It’s easy. The practical element is 50%…that means 50% is written theory. I won’t have to do much writing…ideally you should have at least a C in English in order to cope with the written essays.
Skills you will use in Media Studies Analytical Creative Expressive IT Production Group work Evaluative Verbal Presentational Research
Some of the subjects that Media studies combines well with:
Module 1 – Practical Coursework Worth 50% of the AS grade. This is a coursework unit in which you produce your own media text. You will create your own media text using digital editing software. You will research, plan and evaluate your media text in the form of a blog, website, podcast, or a DVD with extras.
Module 1 – Practical Coursework Possible Tasks: The front page, contents and double page spread of a new music magazine. The titles and opening of a new fiction film.
Module 2 – Key Media Concepts Worth 50% of the AS grade. This is a 2 hour exam in which you are required to answer 2 questions. Analyse an unseen extract from a TV Drama One question based upon a case study of a specific media industry