Key Stage 5: A Level Media Studies
Media Studies A Level is designed to allow students to draw on their existing media experiences and develop their ability to respond critically. We enable students to explore a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, industry and audiences. The course encourages creative work and personally develops production skills.
Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of social, political, ideological and contextual discourses guided by theoretical knowledge. Students explore ideas such as “All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.” Marshall McLuhan, Current & Seaton Power and Profit theory, Laura Mulvey’s Male Gaze theory, Van Zoonan’s feminist theory, Bell Hook’s representation theory and Stuart Hall’s theory of ‘The Other’ allowing them to gain a theoretical and critical understanding of the construction, reception and impact of the media today.