Media and Film Studies

Film Studies and Media Studies are two distinct areas of study and are offered through two distinct A-Levels. The key difference between them is that Film Studies focuses on the analysis and construction of Film texts, whilst Media Studies focuses on the analysis and construction of a range of media texts including magazines, television, radio, newspapers and the internet.

Film studies

COURSE CONTENT AND ASSESSMENT

Components 1 and 2 will be examined and represents 70% of the course grade and Component 3 is coursework and represents 30% of the overall grade.

Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking

Written examination: 2½ hours

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of six feature-length films.

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study)

One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two Hollywood films, one from the Classical Hollywood period (1930-1960) and the other from the New Hollywood period (1961-1990).

Section B: American film since 2005 (two-film study)

One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two American films, one mainstream film and one contemporary independent film.

Section C: British film since 1995 (two-film study)

One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two British films.

Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives

Written examination: 2½ hours

35% of qualification

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films (or their equivalent).

Section A: Global film (two-film study)

One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to two global films: one European and one produced outside Europe.

Section B: Documentary film

One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one documentary film.

Section C: Film movements – Silent cinema

One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one silent film or group of films.

Section D: Film movements – Experimental film (1960-2000)

One question from a choice of two, requiring reference to one film option.

Component 3: Production Non-exam assessment 30% of qualification

This component assesses one production and its evaluative analysis.

Learners produce:

  • a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words)
  • a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay
  • an evaluative analysis (1600 – 1800 words).

Possible career pathways

Journalism and media work. Marketing and PR. Teaching, law editing, research and education.

 

Media studies

The media play a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics. They shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and points of view they offer. The media have real relevance and importance in our lives today, providing us with ways to communicate, with forms of cultural expression and the ability to participate in key aspects of society. The economic importance of the media is also unquestionable. The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and generate significant global profit. The globalised nature of the contemporary media, ongoing technological developments and more opportunities to interact with the media suggest their centrality in contemporary life can only increase.

Students study a range of media forms in terms of a theoretical framework which consists of

media language, representation, media industries and audiences.

Newspapers, magazines, television, online, social and participatory media are studied in depth through applying all areas of the framework Advertising and marketing, film, music video, radio and video games are studied in relation to selected areas of the framework.

COURSE CONTENT AND ASSESSMENT

This course offers students a unique insight into the mass media, developing a critical understanding of media products, industries and audiences across the worlds of print, radio, TV, film and new digital technologies. Media Studies is a stimulating, creative subject that helps students to develop skills and attitudes that are valuable for employment in any career. Through its study, students develop analytical, research and practical production skills and this course offers an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers in media industries such as advertising, journalism, graphic design, film, television and radio production, marketing and promotion or for those who wish to pursue further study.

The course content is outline in the 3 components areas below.

Component 1 and 2 will be examined and represents 70% of the course grade and Component 3 is coursework and represents 30% of the overall grade.

Component 1 Media Products, Industries and Audiences

This takes the form of an exam (2 hours 15 minutes) with unseen material

Section A: Analysing Media Languages & representations

Case Studies Advertising & Marketing Music Video Newspapers
1 Tide- Print Advert [1950s]   The Daily Mirror – Nov 10th 2016

[Front cover and article on US election]

2 Water Aid  A/V       2016 Dream – Dizzee Rascal The Times  –  November 10th 2016

[Front and Back Page]

3 Kiss of the Vampire [Poster] 1963 Riptide – Vance Joy  

Section B: Understanding Media Industries & Audiences

Case Studies Advertising & Marketing

[audiences]

Film

[in relation to media industries]

Newspapers Radio Video Games
1 Tide- Print Advert [1950s] I Daniel Blake The Daily Mirror

 

Late Night Woman’s Hour [28th October 2106] Assassin’s Creed III

Liberation [2012]

2 Water Aid  A/V       2016 Straight Outta Compton The Times

 

   

Component 2 – Media Forms & Products in Depth (2 hours 30 minutes)

    Case Studies Case Studies
 

Section A

 

Television

 

Humans Series 1 episode 1

 

The Returned   1  Camille

 

 

Section B

 

Magazines

Vogue

July 1965

Conde Nast

The Big Issue

Oct  17-23 2016  No 1227

Dennis & The Big Issue

 

 

Section C

 

On Line

 

 

Pointless Blog

 

 

Desimag

Component 3Coursework

Students have the option of either writing a screenplay or making a 5 minute short film. This represents 30% of the total course.

Career Pathways

Possible careers pathways are, extremely flexible. Contrary certain views media has been extremely successful in getting a very high percentage of our students into excellent universities. Our high pass rate rewards students with sufficient UCAS points to enter almost any discipline. Previous students have gone on to study careers ranging from law, architecture, accountancy, medicine, media studies, advertising, journalism, marketing and estate management to mention just a few.

We also enjoyed tremendous success in the students exit strategies in terms of going to

good universities after doing this A-Level.

It is recommended that students who take Media also take Film Studies. This combination of A levels is widely accepted and encouraged by Universities.