The media sector is rapidly changing; the effects of digitalisation and the need to satisfy an ever increasing customer demand for choice mean the sector is constantly developing. Furthermore, with over 500,000 people being employed in the UK media industry alone, it is apparent that this is a rich and vibrant area for A Level studies.
The AQA A Level and the OCR GCSE courses encourage students to think critically about the processes and impact of the media on society. Students will not only learn how to construct analytical essays they will have the opportunity to become skilled film makers, magazine and website designers.
Media studies is growing quite rapidly at Doha College; GCSE has been introduced in September 2011 and numbers for the A Level course are healthy. Additionally, we are constantly seeking to improve our resources and teaching. For example, the department now has 6 dedicated Apple Macs and 6 MacBook’s. Furthermore, we are continually accumulating academic texts, cameras, tripods and relevant media materials.
What’s more, the students are benefitting greatly from the myriad of media opportunities Doha offers. For example, students from the media department have won four prizes at the THIMUN documentary film festival, a competition which has allowed students to critically investigate human rights and environmental issues.
Also, many students took advantage of volunteering for and attending the Tribeca Film Festival. Malak Elzahed and Faisal Zainal both worked as presenters during the 2012 Festival and others such as Tarryn Tucker were part of a film crew recording the day’s events. Moreover, lots of students worked for the inaugural school newspaper; indeed, Grace John (Year 13) was the first editor in chief, Sophie Puet, (Year 13) photographic editor and Faisal Zainal, sports editor. Faisal progressed to be the Chief Editor in 2011 and a number of other media students (Marilou McBurney and James Peck) enjoyed key roles.
Finally, lots of students are also taking advantage of the fantastic opportunities the Doha Film Institute offer, taking part in workshops, talks and film showings. Coupled with excellent exam results, Doha College media studies students are really embracing the opportunities on offer.
What is Media Studies?
'Media' refers to the various means of mass communication such as TV, newspapers, the internet, radio, magazines, computer games, and advertising.
So media studies is the study of all these communcation devices. In media studies, we ask questions such as:
- How much does the media influence us?
- Who owns the media?
- How do media texts gratify audiences?