Subject Intent: Why Media Studies?

Media Studies offers students the opportunity to develop a thorough and in depth understanding of the media and its central role in contemporary culture, society and politics. Media also allows the wider development of creative, organisational and communication skills. The curriculum is delivered using industry standard approaches so that students can gain a broad knowledge of the industry and the growing career needs in this industry in the Yorkshire area.

What will I study?

You will explore a wide range of historical and modern media products through four key areas: media language, representation, industry and audience. You’ll get to study the following media industries:

  • Television.
  • Film.
  • Online and social media.
  • Advertising, PR and marketing.
  • Magazines.
  • Radio.
  • Newspapers.
  • Video games.
  • Music videos.

Media Studies

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What are lessons like in this subject?

From TV to film, social media to podcasts, advertising to video games and everything in between - Media Studies plays a big part of our everyday lives. It’s never been so relevant to develop key skills in this industry.

The lessons in Media Studies will therefore help you to keep pace with this constantly changing and exciting industry. Lessons are based around exploring set products in class through analysis, research and debate. You’ll learn skills such as how to filter ‘fake news’, see how adverts are constructed to manipulate audiences and investigate the business side of the industry. You’ll also develop technical skills in how to use industry-standard equipment such as Apple iMacs, Adobe Creative Suite and camera equipment.

In addition to the course, you will experience talks with media employers and higher education providers and have the opportunity to go on trips to learn about the creative media industries.

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The subject is fun and useful, especially nowadays where we are bombarded with all types of media 24/7, but also in most workspaces as even if you don’t need media on paper for your dream job, it’s still great knowledge to have.

Ksawier Gusarzewski, Carleton High School

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