Media Studies @ Transylvania College

In Media Studies you will be encouraged to construct and understand media products, the forms and conventions they use, the contexts in which they are produced, their technologies, their audiences and the social messages they contain. The AS and A2 specifications balance production work and written exams, combining creative media tasks with analysis and debate.

  • There are 4 exam parts:
  • AS: Components 01 & 02 (Year 12)
  • A2: Component 03 & 04 (Year 13)
The structure of the exam for AS:

Component 01.

Foundation Portfolio

You have the opportunity to choose from two set briefs: you either create the opening title sequence of a new film or the cover, table of contents and double spread of a new magazine in any style you want, all of these based on your own research and creative ideas.

FILM OPENING TASK (video)
  • the titles and opening of a new fiction film (to last a maximum of two minutes). Titles should follow the institutional conventions of commercial cinema. The task may be undertaken individually or as a group. There should be a maximum of four members to a group.

Some examples of works done by past students:

MAGAZINE TASK (print)
  • the front page, contents and double-page spread of a new magazine (if done as a group task, each member of the group to produce an individual edition of the magazine, following the same house style). There should be a maximum of four members to a group. All images and text used in the main task must be original and produced by the candidate(s) with a minimum of four images per candidate.

Some examples of magazines done by students:

YOUTH CULTURE & FASHION - Maria Streang 2014
ART MAGAZINE - Maria Bega 2015
GAMING MAGAZINE - Georgia Duna 2016

You will post all your work on a personal blog you will create especially for this course. Some examples of students’ blogs:

BLOGS

MAGAZINE BLOG Maria 2015 | FILM OPENING BLOG Alex 2015

FILM OPENING BLOG Diana 2016 |MAGAZINE BLOG Georgia 2016

Component 02.

Section A. Textual Analysis and representation

You analyse a TV drama extract, considering how it uses the micro elements of cinematography (camera shots, angles, movement, composition, editing, sound, mise-en-scene) to represent social ideas like gender, age or ability.

What different messages does this sequence convey to you about age?

Section B. Institutions and Audiences

You research current examples of a media industry (choose from film/music/print/video games/radio) and find out how digital technology is transforming its relationship with its audiences. Does Netflix or Youtube mean your local cinema is finished? Are social media a threat or an advantage to Warner Brothers? Is print dead?

Expect to Have fun, teach your colleagues, discuss about memes and other social media issues, use your phone during classes, act or guide actors, visit the cinema projection room and printing companies, Meet media professionals, watch movies, organise & visit art exhibitions, take part in the annual Art&media camp @ Baisoara, meet other international students, be creative and resourceful when it comes to ideas, locations, photoshoots, technologies.

Background needed

Reasonably good writing skills, confidence in working independently, and an ability to meet deadlines always helps….but an enthusiasm for media learning and the participatory possibilities of new media is the key to succeeding with and enjoying this subject.

Suitable combinations

The portfolio-based two-component structure means that this A-level combines particularly well with creative arts subjects like Art & Design. Its emphasis on theory and analysis equally allies it with more traditional academic subjects like History and English; for discussing representation it definitely helps to back your knowledge with notions from Sociology and Psychology. Business Studies and Economics are very useful when it comes to Institutions and Audiences, how they produce, market and distribute media products.

After A-Level

This A-Level will offer you a great start for a future career in the media industries, you will acquire valuable practical, technical skills and the skills evaluation elements will help you reflect and encourage continuous development. The combination of production, research and analytic work is a very good grounding for the independent study skills you will need in higher education. Media Studies is one of the most popular and expanding areas in higher education.

Wherever you are based in the 21st century global village, you will benefit from a critical and creative grasp of the media.

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