Immanuel College

Media Studies

Media Studies at Immanuel College is designed to provide a comprehensive and integrated coverage of media theory and practice with special emphasis on emerging technologies. Both audiences and producers are covered as consumers of media texts.  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. The department has a dedicated editing suite with cameras and filming equipment.

We follow the OCR course which involves a practical coursework component worth 30% of the final A Level, plus two written exam papers involving media analysis and theory, worth 70% of the A Level.

There is a strong emphasis on comparing digital media technologies with traditional media.

In Year 12 we cover areas such as music video, BBC Radio 1, advertising and film marketing.  We also compare popular and quality newspapers, looking particularly at their online presence.

Year 13 involves a study of the video games industry. We also examine TV series such as ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Deutschland 83’.

The course can lead to careers in areas such as games design, journalism, marketing, film/TV production, advertising or public relations. Above all, it gives students a critical awareness of how the industry interacts with audiences. By knowing how the media operates in our society, students will be able to decode media more skilfully and engage more critically with the media-saturated landscape of our modern world.

Extra-curricular activities have included study days at the BFI and the Media Magazine student conference.