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
Lockdown has been difficult for everyone but it hasn’t stopped our students being creative. We love this picture from BTEC Creative Digital Media student Rory.
Congratulations to Nell, one of our talented Film Studies students. Her film has just won a prize at the Girls Impact the World Film Festival and is also film of the month on intofilm.org. Well done Nell.
Creative Digital Media level 3 students, Hannah and Dael are working hard on the tech for tonight’s Far East Theatre production, Taking Breath. Show on at 19.30 tonight and every evening through to Friday at Paston College Theatre. Come join us for this great show.
Great to have the BBC in the other day to see the documentaries our fantastic students made for them. Everyone produced excellent work, with a wide range of stories told. You can watch them on the Paston Media channel on YouTube. Merry Christmas.
More great live music here at Paston!
Fred and Fenton kicking off our Christmas Party at Paston!
Nice to see a few new faces, enjoying Table tennis enrichment at Paston.
Looking forward to the Norwich Film Festival industry day talks at UEA today, with Paston Film and Media Students.
BTEC Creative Media Production students Archie and Rory (pictured) along with Dael, will be on Radio Norfolk tonight at 7pm to talk about the documentaries they are making. Tune in.
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.