The mass media is one of the world-changing phenomena of the last 100 years. In Britain it is almost impossible to avoid: TV or radio in every room in the house, home computers connected to the Internet, magazines and newspapers on the doormat, posters on the local bus shelter advertising the latest movies at the local multiplex.
It seems that the mass media not only reflect our attitudes and values, they also help to shape them. How they do that, why they do that, and the effect that has on individuals, communities and cultures, are issues at the heart of Media Studies.
Media Studies is taught through the English curriculum in Key stage 3 and is an option at Key Stage 4 at GCSE where we teach the WJEC course that is 60% coursework and 40% exam. We also have a popular A Level course that is 50% coursework and 50% exam.
In Media Studies at both levels we assess and analyse a range of different media products, across the worlds of radio, TV, film, new media and print. We investigate the larger businesses responsible for giving us our daily media fix, and the nature of media consumption by different audiences.
We also learn how the media tries to manipulate its audience through the use of particular kinds of language, and we learn to use those tools for ourselves in producing our own original media products.
The department has organised trips to The Bradford museum of film and photography, The BBC, IMAX and the BBFC in London alongside the Drama department and have taken part in a primary liaison animation project.
|AS Coursework - music video and website for a new music artist - Olivia Wood||Visit website|
|A2 Coursework - trailer and website for a new television series - Beth Duerden||Visit website|
|AS Coursework - marketing materials for a new music artist - Holly Moroney||Visit website|
|A2 Website for a new Television series - Harry Harper||Visit website|
|A2 Website and mini trailers for a new television series - Megan Lloyd||Visit website|
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