Media studies is a course that allows students to question many of the different things we consume day to day within the media. The course takes students through four composite parts that make up the media we know and at times, believe we understand. By studying the language, representations, institutions and audiences that are encompassed in a wealth of different media products students will be able to decompose and explain why certain choices are made when creating products we see around us every day. In depth studies will take place on materials like newspapers, films, radio broadcasts, music and gaming. Through these studies students will pick up the skills to ask wider questions on why certain products are made, who they are made for and how have they chosen to represent different elements of society. The course questions many topics like gender, race and sexuality and shows how these different facets of contemporary life are either exploited or represented to feed in to the narratives that the institutions whom create them wish to pursue. Due to the fact the course is in its infancy, the source materials chosen give a mix of current media products and some from time gone by, thus allowing students to draw parallels with where we were as a society and where we are going with the production of new materials, stereotypes and audience manipulation.
Media studies does many things to further a student in their education. By looking at different products in great detail, students will build their analytical skills and develop their manner of reasoning and arguing different points when coming to evaluate different media products. Those skills of written communication are excellent when applying for different roles that are people facing within many companies. This is a truly contemporary course that will offer a student the skills needed to make rational choices and come to sound conclusions when consuming future media products in a world full of fake news and information influenced by political agendas. The hands on aspect of the course will see students making products that are often comparable to the elements they are studying and does give them real insight in to the way that the media can control so many different thoughts and opinions. This is a course that will lead students to make their own conclusions rather than be led by the agendas of others.
- Multimedia specialist.
- Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video.
- Public relations officer.
- Runner, broadcasting/film/video.
- Social media manager
- Television/film/video producer.
- Web content manager.