An Overview of AS/A2 Media Studies<br />“Can a young person understand the world without some significant capacity to evaluate critically what we call media and its operation?” (David Aaronovitch , Columnist for The Times).<br />“No Education Without Media!” <br />(March 2009, German institutions and organisations for media education:<br /> from the fields of science and pedagogical practice)<br />
Conor Blakey (2008-2010)Destination: University of TeessideBA (hons) Media Studies <br />“A Level Media – the best decision I’ve made during my education” <br />“I’m confident that studying media was the best decision I’ve made in my education so far. Due to the<br />industry standard equipment at QE, but mostly due to the brilliant teaching, my technical ability improved hugely.”<br />“The second element was the theory side of Media Studies, and no word of a lie, I feel that this was<br />taught to a standard as high, if not higher than the first year of my university course. The theories and<br />theorists I’ve learnt thanks to Nicola and Al are 100% transferable, and have made my degree a walk in<br />the park so far, I’m very grateful for the detail that they went into, and their knowledge of the subject is<br />excellent.”<br />“Overall I’d suggest this course highly, I feel it offers the perfect balance of production and theory, and<br />could lead comfortably into a university course of either or both elements, I’m indebted to the<br />department for life!” <br />
Jess Elsworth(Current A2 Student)“I look forward to my MediaStudies lessons”<br />“The course has allowed me to demonstrate my creative ability”<br />“The course is academically challenging and has encouraged me to view society from a very different perspective”<br />“Choosing to study Media is choosing to study life. The course<br />provides you with life long skills that will undoubtedly help you<br />in every walk of life. The skills will especially help me in my chosen degree -<br />psychology with sports science at Northumbria University”<br />
What Will I study?<br />AS Level<br />Sep - Jan (Key Concepts in Media)<br />- Representation in TV drama<br />- Industry Study (The Music Industry)<br />Jan – May (Foundation Portfolio in Media)<br /><ul><li>Either select Moving Image (Prelim task + Opening titles of a short film) or
Print Production (Prelim task + Front Cover, Contents Page & DPS of a music magazine)</li></ul>A2 Level<br />August – Dec (Advanced Portfolio in Media)<br /><ul><li>Promotional Package for a new fiction film to include a film trailer, film poster and film magazine cover</li></ul>Jan – June – (Critical Perspective in Media)<br /><ul><li>Theoretical evaluation of production and skills development
Theoretical study of “Media in an Online Age”.</li></li></ul><li>G322 Key Concepts In Media(50% of AS, 25% of overall A Level)<br />Examined Unit – January 2012<br />The exam is split into two parts.<br />Students analyse how representations of social groups are constructed in contemporary TV Dramas. The unit looks at the representation of;<br />Ethnicity, Gender, Age, Social Class, Regional Identity, Sexuality & Ability<br />B. Students will study the Music Industry and look at the difference between minor and major labels, the impact of new technology on the industry, the industry as a business (revenue streams) and how audiences are targeted. <br />
G321 Foundation Portfolio(50% of AS , 25% of overall A Level)<br />Coursework Unit: June 2012<br />Students can either work in Video production or<br />Print production. Each brief requires a<br />preliminary and main task to be submitted<br />Print: (Main Task )Research & Plan (using an individual blog), Produce and evaluate (using an individual blog) the front cover, contents page and double page spread of a music magazine.<br />Video Production: (Main Task) Research & Plan (using an individual blog), Produce and evaluate (using an individual blog) the opening titles of a new fiction film.<br />
G324 Advanced portfolio(25% of overall A Level)<br />Coursework Unit January<br />Students are required to produce a promotional package for a new film. This should consist of;<br />Film Trailer, Film Poster and a Film Magazine<br />Cover featuring the film.<br />The production will be researched, planned and evaluated on an individual blog.<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me_TmiUwUa4&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL<br />
G325 Critical Perspectives in Media(25% of overall A Level)<br />Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of production<br />Students are required to evaluate their skills development in one or more of the following areas;<br />Digital technology, Creativity, Research and Planning, Post-Production or Using real media conventions.<br />They are also required to select one of their productions and evaluate it in relation to a media concept: Genre, Narrative, Representation, Audience or Media Language.<br />Section B: Contemporary Media Issues<br />A theoretical unit which requires students to engage in a range of media and cultural theories and apply them to the study of Media in the Online Age.<br />Students will look at;<br />How online media has developed<br />What impact the internet has had on media production<br />How consumer behavior and audience response has been transformed by online media<br />The extent that convergence has transformed the media<br />
Have a Look at some of our blogs<br />Reference Blog for the Music Industry<br />http://qemusicindustry.blogspot.com/<br />Foundation Portfolio: Central Hub<br />Each Unit has it’s own unique blog designed to aid you classroom learning and store your personal coursework.<br />http://fportfolio2010.blogspot.com/<br />Reference blog for Media in An Online Age<br />http://qea2mediainonlineage.blogspot.com/<br />
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