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jduggan | Monday May 11, 2009

Categories: GCSE, Music, Other Topics, Music Press, Music Press Production

Observations from AQA course on

The Music Press

Production Skills & Controlled Test Written Responses

1. Annotate designs

2. Use colour

3. Remember it’s a sketch for a professional to then complete

4. Ensure conventions are features including things like barcode, date, price, etc. or web conventions if you have the option to design a web page.

5. Make it clear and user friendly

6. Be aware of writing styles and register / mode of address

7. Avoid essay style responses.

8. Peter Wall, the Chief Examiner, suggested that pupils should respond in role and that as such, if asked to give a presentation on the history of mags , a potential ‘employee’ wouldn’t reel off two pages of ‘essay’. Rather, they would use sub-headings and bullet points to break up the text. So, for example an intro could then be followed by a section entitled The Big Players of the 1970’s, bullet points could be used to sum up the difficulties faced by mags currently. A mindmap could outline the implications of websites and other new technologies, etc.

9. Use bullet points, subheadings, mind maps, illustrations, etc.
Download a Music Magazine Design Guide by clicking on this link. It was produced by Stewart Mulligan.

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