“In the age of technology there is constant access to vast amounts of information. The basket overflows; people get overwhelmed; the eye of the storm is not so much what goes on in the world, it is the confusion of how to think, feel, digest, and react to what goes on.”
“It is not really clear in the end whether this 'cool' smile is the smile of humour or that of commercial complicity. This is also the case with pop, and its smile ultimately encapsulates all its ambiguity: it is not the smile of critical distance, but the smile of collusion”
With the digital world progressing at such a rapid rate, it is more important than ever for students to consider the technological implications of media, the choices we make, and the impact those have on society.
Media Studies does all of this and more. Students focus on production and analysis skills in Year 12, working on a coursework brief that varies from lifestyle programming to music videos and they are strongly encouraged to explore their creative side and focus on the skills of audio-visual communication. Many of the theories explored in Media Studies are echoed in Psychology and English Literature and, through media text, students explore the way we use media in our lives.
We start the year with a film making project, ‘What Kind of Media Consumer am I?’, an example of which can be seen here:
In Year 13, we focus much more on the theory of media, looking closely at the digital divide and phenomena such as YouTube and Facebook from an academic viewpoint. The coursework is an investigation of an area of media that the students choose for themselves and this is followed by a linked production. You can see an example of this kind of work here.
For all Media Studies students regular film and stimulus trips are a must and we subscribe to both the BFI programme and INTO film. If you have ever listened to a director’s commentary you’ll understand the depth required to compose a film.
So if you enjoy making films, analysing the intent behind a media text, or the effect it has on its audience, Media Studies is for you!
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