Media Studies A Level
- September 2020, Full Time
You will study the theoretical framework of media - genre, representation, audience, institutions, narrative and language - through critical analysis of media texts and practical production work.
Through the analysis of both contemporary, global and historical media you will appreciate how important the media is in our lives, both as consumers and producers.
Throughout the course you will study nine (9) media forms: television, film, radio, newspaper, magazine, advertising & marketing, online, social & participatory media, video games and music videos.
You will also create a media product, developing practical production skills and using contemporary media technologies. You will be supported by experienced staff and have use of high quality DSLR cameras, Adobe Creative Cloud software, and access to a TV studio.
You are likely to well in this subject if you are interested in the media, not just for their content, but also for the organization/institution and meanings behind them. You will also need to be creative and well-organised to complete your practical work.
Media Studies can be taken with any other subject, but students often choose to combine it with English, Film, Art, Photography, Textiles, Sociology, History, Business Studies, Drama and Psychology.
Why Our College?
Learn from industry experts
You'll learn from expert tutors with hands on industry experience in organisations such as BBC Voices, Archant Media, and ITV
Be inspired with trips and visits
You'll enjoy industry focused trips and visits to broaden your horizons, and sharpen your industry skills. Previous trips have included the Harry Potter Studio Tour, and the British Film Institute.
You will create a music video and explore media in the digital age, introducing you to the exciting and changing world of media both domestically, globally, and in the contemporary digital world
Applicants should have five GCSE's at grades A* - C or 9 - 4 including English. Grade C or 4 in GCSE Media Studies if taken.
Assessment is through exams (70% of overall grade) and coursework (30% of overall grade).
The course will support progression to university or study for a professional qualification in a wide range of degrees, including Media Production, Media Studies, Film Studies, Digital Film Production, Television Production, Journalism, Advertising/Marketing, Events & Exhibition Management.
The course will also develop skills in creative media production, collaboration, time management, critical analysis and interpretation, essay writing and debating that can be useful in a wide range of careers. You will also develop skills in using Adobe Creative Cloud software e.g. Photoshop, Premiere Pro, InDesign, After Effects, Audition.
If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop
Lovely to have a visit from Bear the dog today in Media at Paston. Great to support world mental health day.
Some lovely planning work from our Btec Creative Digital Media students, during the Photography unit here at Paston.
Great photography work being done by Rory on our Btec Creative Digital Media course today.
Lots of great double exposures being made in Creative Digital Media at Paston today.
Exciting photography workshops going on with BTEC Creative Digital Media students at Paston today.
Very proud of our BTEC Creative Digital Media Production level 3 students at Paston. Amazing work everyone, our best results ever!
Very pleased with our A level Film Studies results here at Paston. Well done to all the students and staff involved.
Fantastic art work to be seen at the Paston College Art show. There’s another chance to see all the students great work this Saturday morning.
Almost time for Paston Film Night 2019. Everyone is very excited over here!
Simple but cool. Shot of the day goes to Joe, for this composition he created as part of his BTEC Creative and digital media work.
Very excited in the Creative and Digital Media department, about the next Far East theatre production, Julius Caesar. There might be some media collaboration going on but no spoilers!
Lots of Media tech being used in Vince Cable’s visit to Paston right now.