No previous experience of Media Studies is required at GCSE level, but you should have at least grade 5 in GCSE English Language. You must have a genuine interest in the Media, enjoy a wide range of films, read magazines and newspapers, and be eager to explore a wide range of relevant media. An open mind and an enjoyment of critical analysis are essential.
You will examine a wide range of media, using appropriate analytical tools and terminology in order to understand how media texts are constructed. You will explore representation in media texts and how audiences respond to and interpret those texts. Additionally you will explore and investigate the Media industries and their influence on our world. Furthermore you will develop practical media productions creating short films, adverts, and individual elements in the construction of television and film production. To support this enrichment activities involving visiting television studios and media centres will support your learning. During the practical application of theory through you will become expert in using a range of professional standard media technologies e.g. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Elements, Aftereffects, Final Cut Pro, iMovie. Previous students have produced music videos, film trailers, documentaries and short films.
Media Studies is a fast developing subject and a real growth area for career opportunities. Almost all of the top universities now offer a variety of media courses. It is worth noting that three quarters of Media graduates also go straight into full-time employment. Employers really value the combination of technological and creative skills the students have developed.
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