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St Colman's High & Sixth Form College, Ballynahinch

Media Studies


Our thriving local scene allows many opportunities for students to engage with new creative technologies. Media Studies is designed to allow students to build on their existing experience of the Media.

A Level Media Studies was introduced to St Colman’s in 2012 and has been available at GCSE since 2014.

Media Studies offers students a unique insight into the mass media. It is a stimulating, creative subject that helps students to develop skills and attitudes that are valuable for employment in any career.

Media work experience placements are arranged through the school’s Careers department and Charter Work, matching student’s vocational interests with suitable stepping stones into the work place. Our students have enjoyed recent placements with multimedia companies such as: The Belfast Telegraph, UTV Live and Deloitte Digital.

Is this subject for me at GCSE?

GCSE Media allows you to develop your technical skills and capabilities by exploring moving image, print and radio industries. You will create and market your own advertising campaign within a specific genre of your choice either individually or as a group.

Subjects that compliment Media at GCSE are: ICT, English Literature, Moving Image Arts, Business Studies and Art & Design.

Is this subject for me at A Level?

A Level Media reflects contemporary media industries within past and present cultural contexts. You will explore the advertising industry, the newspaper industry and Welsh film. Alongside this, you will research, plan and create a piece for a specific production brief of an opening title sequence for the film industry, completing a reflective analysis of your product.

It is essential you have at least a C at GCSE English. Other subjects which compliment this subject are: Sociology, ICT, Art & Design, and English.