What are the main features of this course?
Media studies is an exciting, contemporary course ideally suited to students considering a career in any area of the media.
Students are introduced to the skills required to analyse a wide variety of media products and will produce a range of products including graphic novels, websites, podcasts and film trailers. Students will then analyse the texts using different critical frameworks, this is also preparation for the first year exam. There is a large practical component to the course and students are required to produce a media product to a brief they have designed themselves.
Hours of lessons per week: 5
Indicative group size: 20
How is the course assessed?
Media Studies is a mostly practical subject and students will be required to produce a range of media texts as part of the coursework portfolio. You will sit one exam during the first year of study and another at the end of the second year.
Who should study this course?
Anyone who is interested in working in the media, or who wishes to study an arts course to degree level. You should enjoy reading widely, consuming a mixture of media and have a critical, analytical mind. The course has a high emphasis on practical activities, so strong organisational skills and the ability to meet deadlines is a must.
Where can I go next?
Most Media Studies students choose to progress to university to study an arts based course such as Journalism, Film, Marketing, Graphic Design or IT. Alternatively you may wish to pursue an apprenticeship, with one of the many national media companies based in the Midlands. A media background can lead to a wide range of creative careers such as broadcasting, journalism, marketing, social media analysis and performing.
The course allows you to improve your skills and better your weaknesses. The teachers push students to help motivate you and improve your strengths to help you get the job you want.