What is Media Studies?
The media play a central role in contemporary society and culture. They shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, viewpoints and messages they offer.
The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and operate as commercial industries on a global scale. The global nature of the contemporary media, coupled with ongoing technological developments and more opportunities to interact with the media, suggest that their centrality in contemporary life can only increase.
During the GCSE course in year 11 learners will have the opportunity to study film, video games, advertisements, social media and music videos.
develop critical thinking and decision-making skills through consideration of issues that are important, real and relevant to learners and to the world in which they live
develop their appreciation and understanding of the importance and role of the media in their daily lives
develop their practical skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creative media production
understand how to use key concepts and specialist subject-specific terminology to analyse media products
develop an understanding of media products in relation to their industry contexts
evaluate and reflect on their own practical work
The coursework will also be film based, where learners will be able to use creative skills to make film posters and DVD covers. Here learners will consider carefully what attracts an audience to this genre of film and capture them.