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AQA A Level Media Studies »

Rob Miller | Tuesday August 18, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS

New AQA A Level Media Studies Resources

We are developing a series of new resources for the new GCSE and A Level Media Studies specs. These are likely to include an overview planner, teaching guide, online slides, student workbook and a glossary. We hope to start publishing them in June.

Legacy Resources

AQA AS Media Studies Text, Concepts and Contexts

Welcome to Edusites Media’s comprehensive resources and materials link covering every aspect of MEST1, Text, Concepts and...

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We Media Democracy and Convergence »

Jeremy Orlebar | Wednesday May 12, 2010

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, Key Concepts, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, We Media, Other Topics

The catch word for the digital world of new media is convergence. Convergence is the coming together of everything digital.

Definition

Any digital media can be transmitted by any suitable digital medium, such as a wifi broadband connection or mobile phone, so that all communications, text, audio, graphics, video, and broadcasting can be accessed instantly.

The iPhone, Blackberry or computer becomes a two-way communications module with access to the internet, email, social...

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Media & Film Studies Blogs »

Richard Gent | Monday June 01, 2009

Categories: GCSE, Eduqas (WJEC) GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Other Topics, Blogs

We Study Media by Rob McMinn

The Student Room & Media Studies

Setting up a Radio Station on Mediaed.org.uk

Modern Mechanix: examples of vintage advertising

Technorati on Ideology

Ideology for Kids: Decoding the Kremlin’s Website

The End of Cyberspace

Kinoeye on Media Studies

Bluegrass Film Society

Kids Gobble Up Interactive Junk Food Marketing

Continental Philosophy: Key Notes on Theorists

Dr. Mabuse’s Kaledio-scope: Four Models of Film/Media Blogging

Media Studies...

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Understanding Crime Drama »

Jeremy Orlebar | Saturday May 16, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Eduqas (WJEC) GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Crime Drama, Key Concepts, Genre, Other Topics, Television, Television Crime Drama, Television Drama

Television and film crime/cop drama is very popular with a wide audience. Crime Dramas seek to anchor the representations of all types of police officers, criminals and victims as ‘believable’ characters, with ‘realistic’ plot lines, set in urban locations.The genre has been taken up in the US under the heading of American Quality Televsion (AQT) - see under heading AQT.

Codes and Conventions

Crime dramas:

  • are constructed realities
  • depict constructed versions of...
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AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Close Study Products »

Barry Rainsford | Thursday April 12, 2018

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level

Guide Navigation

  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Core: Media Representation+
  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Non-Examined Assessment (NEA)

Files you will need for the lessons

  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Exam SOL Teacher
  • These slides are accessible to view with a live wifi connection using Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer

    • AQA A Level Media Studies Core Unit 8 Exam Introduction
    • AQA A Level Media Studies Core Unit 8 Exam Lesson 1
    • AQA A Level Media...
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Approaches to Teaching New Spec A Level Media Studies with Edusites »

Barry Rainsford | Thursday March 15, 2018

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, OCR A Level, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, Advertising, Key Concepts, Introductory Resources, Intro to Media Audiences, Intro to Media Institutions, Intro to Media Languages, Intro to Media Representations, Genre, Ideology, Narrative, Production, Regulation, Representation & Stereotyping, Typeface & Typography, Understanding Media, Magazines, Music, Music Video, New Media, Internet, Social Networking, News, New Spec, Radio, Television, Theory, Audience Theory, Feminist Theory, Gender Theory, Genre Theory , Media Theorists, Queer Theory, Representation Theory, Semiotic Theory

Commencing 2017 for 2019 Assessment

Each term we provide a Core Unit, with an Exam Specific Section (Close or Set Study Products), and a Non Examined Assessment (NEA) Section based on the Department for Education Media Studies GCSE subject content. (February 2016)

Our A Level Units begin at Unit 7 so that there is clear progression if an institution also uses our GCSE Media Studies Units 1-6. (February 2016)

The four areas of this theoretical framework, are:

  • Media...
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New Spec AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies »

Barry Rainsford | Wednesday March 14, 2018

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, New Spec

Files you will need for the lessons, added term by term, commencing 2017 for 2019 Assessment

Each Unit and section has the following materials for learning*:

  • A Teacher Scheme of Learning (SOL)
  • Online Slides to be projected for the whole class to see
  • A Student Workbook (can be cut and pasted from the online page into a booklet and printed for the students to work from. See ‘Create the Perfect Student Workbook’)
  • Student Workbook Appendix Images (printable pdf files for...
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How to create your Perfect Student Workbook »

Richard Gent | Sunday January 21, 2018

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, Eduqas (WJEC) GCSE, A Level, AQA A Level, OCR A Level, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, New Spec

Copy and paste from any of our online Student Workbooks to create your ‘Perfect Student Ready Workbook’ to handout ready for the term ahead.

The resources are presented in this format to allow students to easily annotate them and support them in developing their ideas and understanding of the subjects covered in a course.

The philosophy we have at Edusites is that knowledge only becomes understanding through practical application by doing the analysis and making your own...

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AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Core: Media Representation+ »

Barry Rainsford | Thursday December 21, 2017

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping

Guide Navigation

  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Close Study Products
  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Unit 8 Non Examined Assessment (NEA) (Coming Soon)

Files you will need for the lessons

  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Media Representation+ SOL Teacher
  • These slides are accessible to view with a live wifi connection using Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer

    • AQA Core Unit 8 Media Representation+ Introduction
    • AQA Core Unit 8 Media Representation+ Lesson 1
    • AQA Core...
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AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday November 07, 2017

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level

Guide Navigation

  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Core: Media Language+
  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Close Study Products

Files you will need for the lessons

  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 NEA SOL Teacher
  • These slides are accessible to view with a live wifi connection using Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer

    • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 NEA Introduction
    • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 NEA Lesson 1
    • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit...
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AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Close Study Products »

Barry Rainsford | Wednesday November 01, 2017

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level

Guide Navigation

  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Core: Media Language+
  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Non-Examined Assessment (NEA)

Files you will need for the lessons

  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Exam SOL Teacher
  • These slides are accessible to view with a live wifi connection using Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer

    • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Exam Introduction
    • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Exam Lesson 1
    • AQA 7572 A Level Media...
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AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Core: Media Language+ »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday August 01, 2017

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level

Guide Navigation

  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Close Study Products
  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Non-Examined Assessment (NEA)

Files you will need for the lessons

  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Media Language+ SOL Teacher
  • These slides are accessible to view with a live wifi connection using Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer

    • AQA Core Unit 7 Media Language+ Introduction
    • AQA Core Unit 7 Media Language+ Lesson 1
    • AQA Core Unit 7 Media Language+...
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2017 AQA AS Media Studies MEST2 Creating Media Assessment Brief One »

Rob Miller | Friday September 09, 2016

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS

The whole point of AQA AS Media Studies coursework is that students will be working to set briefs produced by AQA that are changed every two years. For 2017 assessment there are three briefs, this guide relates to Brief One.

The Little Picturehouse

On the brief there are three ‘Tasks’ reflecting three different media: Broadcasting, Print and E Media. For purposes of assessment, students only need to complete two linked tasks but they must evidence two media platforms. This...

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Using Theory in A Level Media Studies »

Antony Bateman | Tuesday January 05, 2016

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Edexcel A Level, Edexcel A2, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Theory, Application of Theory, Feminist Theory, Gender Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Poststructuralist Theory, Race Theory, Representation Theory, Structuralist Theory

There is a need in Media Studies, like all social sciences and critical subjects, to engage with theory and students should be encouraged to do so in their work. Using a theory is an effective way of a student demonstrating their understanding of the topic under discussion, adding weight to their arguments and undeniably lending gravitas to their answer. A key requirement in a successful Media Studies response is also to provide evidence of the validity of the arguments...

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AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Media Representation+ Workbook Student »

Barry Rainsford | Monday December 21, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level

Copyright © 2017 Edusites. All rights reserved. Permission granted to reproduce for educational use within the subscribing school only. Copying or lending of any part of this document in any form or by any means to external bodies and / or individuals is prohibited.

Unit 8 Media Representation+

This is the NotePack for use with Edusites Unit 8 GCE A Level Media Studies. All of the notes refer to the content of this unit of work. They are designed to help you create a useful...

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AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Media Representation+ SOL Teacher »

Barry Rainsford | Sunday December 13, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level

Lesson 1: Introduction

What is Representation?

Slides 1-14

Objectives

  • Knowledge : To develop ideas about representation
  • Learning : To build ideas of how to study representation through product analysis
  • Understanding : To consolidate understanding by completing analysis of products

Starter/Loop Activity (5 Minutes)

Slide 2 Task 1A Pupils asked to consider the question from the Lesson Resource: TOWIE PR shot – what image is presented? Students to write response (in...

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AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 NEA Workbook Student »

Barry Rainsford | Saturday November 07, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level

Copyright © 2017 Edusites. All rights reserved. Permission granted to reproduce for educational use within the subscribing school only. Copying or lending of any part of this document in any form or by any means to external bodies and / or individuals is prohibited.

Unit 7 A Level AQA NEA Tasks

This is the NotePack for use with Edusites AQA NEA Unit7 A Level Media Studies. All of the notes refer to the content of this unit of work. They are designed to create a useful set of...

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AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 NEA SOL Teacher »

Barry Rainsford | Saturday November 07, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level

Copyright © 2017 Edusites. All rights reserved. Permission granted to reproduce for educational use within the subscribing school only. Copying or lending of any part of this document in any form or by any means to external bodies and / or individuals is prohibited.

Lesson One Introduction

What’s NEA?

Slides 1-11

Objectives

  • Knowledge : To understand the structure of the NEA Assessment Tasks
  • Learning : To build ideas of how to study to meet Assessment Objectives
  • ...
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AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Exam Workbook Student »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday November 03, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level

Copyright © 2017 Edusites. All rights reserved. Permission granted to reproduce for educational use within the subscribing school only. Copying or lending of any part of this document in any form or by any means to external bodies and / or individuals is prohibited.

Unit 7 A Level AQA Close Study Products

This is the Workbook for use with Edusites AQA Unit 7 A Level Media Studies CSP. All of the notes refer to the content of this unit of work. They are designed to help you...

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AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Exam SOL Teacher »

Barry Rainsford | Monday November 02, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level

Copyright © 2017 Edusites. All rights reserved. Permission granted to reproduce for educational use within the subscribing school only. Copying or lending of any part of this document in any form or by any means to external bodies and / or individuals is prohibited.

The Lessons

All work refers to the companion Edusites Lesson Resource Slides Pack

Lesson One Introduction

Your AQA Examination

Slides 1-19

Objectives

  • Knowledge : To understand the structure of the AQA...
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AQA AS MEST1 Cross Media Study - Film Fiction »

Rob Miller | Thursday September 10, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Film, Film Industry, Film Magazines, Magazines, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, New Technologies, News, Newspapers

Section B Cross Media Study Film Fiction

This is a resource for students and teachers who have chosen Film Fiction as their Cross Media Study topic. For advice on the structure and format of Section B Cross Media Study please access our guide at Teaching AQA AS Media Studies MEST1 Guide. The exemplar response AQA AS Media Studies MEST1 Section B Cross Media Study Synergy Exemplar relates specifically to the Film Fiction Cross Media Study.

We will be analysing and...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Video Games & Identities Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Friday August 28, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Section A Unseen (30/32)

You must read the information provided for Section A in detail. You will shown two media products three times and given 15 minutes to study and make notes on the two texts. These notes will not be marked during the assessment process. You must spend 45 minutes answering the three compulsory questions in detail.

Clips

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjbF_rNGR08
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvoD7ehZPcM

The first clip is a trailer for the action...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Identities and the Media Sec B Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Friday August 28, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Section B (46/48)

“We are defined by the Media we use.” How does your case study suggest that audiences use the media to construct their own identity?

Identity is the way we see ourselves and in turn the way different groups in society see us. I will be using the representation of the male hero in film as a case study platform to develop a response to this question while also exploring notions of audience active and passive consumption of media, important in understanding...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A UKIP Labour Party Extended Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 27, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Section A Unseen (32/32)

You must read the information provided for Section A in detail. You will be given approximately 15 minutes to study and make notes on the two texts. These notes will not be marked during the assessment process. You must spend 45 minutes answering the three compulsory questions in detail.

Clips

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt9uDZF24x8
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41_zFHcG1R0

The first clip is a UKIP Party Electoral Broadcast entitled...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A BGT Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 27, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Gossip Magazines, New Media, Synergy, Television, Reality TV, Television Industry, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Section A Unseen (32/32)

You must read the information provided for Section A in great detail. You will be given approximately 15 minutes to study and make notes on the two texts. These notes will not be marked during the assessment process. You must spend 45 minutes answering the three compulsory questions in detail.

Clips

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9aXhfT1pfs
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdZL_UyBpWU

The first clip is from Britain’s Got Talent, first broadcast...

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AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 9 Core: Media Audience+ »

Barry Rainsford | Friday June 19, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level

Guide Navigation

  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 9 Close Study Products (Coming Soon)
  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Unit 9 Non Examined Assessment (NEA) (Coming Soon)

Files you will need for the lessons

  • AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 9 Media Audience+ SOL Teacher

These slides are accessible to view with a live wifi connection using Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer

  • AQA Core Unit 9 Media Audience+ Introduction
  • AQA Core Unit 9 Media Audience+ Lesson 1
  • AQA Core Unit 9...
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AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Exam Workbook Student »

Barry Rainsford | Sunday April 12, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level

Copyright © 2017 Edusites. All rights reserved. Permission granted to reproduce for educational use within the subscribing school only. Copying or lending of any part of this document in any form or by any means to external bodies and / or individuals is prohibited.

Unit 8 A Level AQA Close Study Products

This is the Workbook for use with Edusites AQA Unit 8 A Level Media Studies Examination Paper 1 Section B. All of the notes refer to the content of this unit of work. They...

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AQA 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Exam SOL Teacher »

Barry Rainsford | Friday April 10, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level

Approaches to teaching the A Level AQA content - 2019 Assessment

Some lessons may, as deemed appropriate by your judgement of pace and current learning, be sub divided and extended to cover two sessions.

At A Level, the requirement for the AQA examination differentiates itself from the other boards in what are termed Close Study Products – a series of media products that students are required to study in detail.

Like the Edusites Core Units that deal with teaching the...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 The Impact of New/Digital Media Sec B Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Thursday March 05, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

“New and digital media offers media producers different ways of reaching audiences”. Consider how and why media producers are using these techniques.

Exemplar A-B Grade Essay 37/48 (needs more in-depth reference to examples)

David Gauntlett first referred to the concept of the prosumer in reference to media consumers who are both producers, and consumers of media. This is relevant to the question as it allows us to understand the relationship between audiences and...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Identities and the Media Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Thursday March 05, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Collective Identity, National Identity, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Does the Media Control the Construction of Identity?

Exemplar A Grade Essay 40/48 (more on the role of digital media needed)

Before answering this question, the concept of identity needs to be explained – I will be focusing on British National Identity but identities and the media can include self representation (how British you perceive yourself), collective identity in terms of how Britishness can be categorised in homogenous ways, dominant and marginalised...

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Exemplar AQA AS Lesson Plan | Introduction to Identities and the Media »

Rob Miller | Wednesday December 03, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Collective Identity, Intro into Identities, Hot Entries, Admin, iTraining, Templates

Associated Resources

  • Edusites Lesson Plan Template.docx

NB. Please note this is a suggested template, your school may require a different layout.

Length of Lesson (minutes): 60
Lesson Title: An Introduction to Identities and the Media

Context

This lesson would take place typically in mid-February, after completion of MEST4: Media Research and Production and serve as an introduction to a topic new to the AQA A2 Media Studies Specification. The lesson, and topic will allow...

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Media Language and Demonstrating Progress »

Natalie Griffiths | Monday December 01, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Key Concepts, Media Language, Hot Entries, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching

This lesson is pitched to AS media levels E- B grade, it was delivered in line with AQA examination board (levels indicated below in brackets link to the students’ target grades).

Learning Objective: To confidently analyse media texts using media language

Success Criteria

  • All: Identify genre conventions
  • A-C grade: Discuss genre codes – technical, symbolic and cultural
  • A-C grade: Debate gender representations
  • A grade: Consider the impact of gender representations

In...

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AQA A Level Media Studies Coursework Exemplar: Female Fragrance Advertising »

Emily Lang | Wednesday November 19, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Advertising, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Teacher’s Comment

The print campaign (see ‘Associated Resources’ below) was produced on magazine weight glossy paper and the quality has not come through on the scan. However, the student undertook a considerable amount of photography to produce this work with the candidate taking up to 40 shots per advert to get the look she wanted. The work achieved full marks for the production despite the ‘night’ advert being weaker than the rest and the marks...

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Exemplar AS Lesson Plan | Introducing Representation in the Media »

Rob Miller | Friday November 14, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Collective Identity, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Representation Theory, Admin, iTraining, Templates

Associated Resources

  • Edusites Lesson Plan Template.docx

NB. Please note this is a suggested template, your school may require a different layout.

Length of Lesson (minutes): 60
Lesson Title: Introducing Representation in the Media

Context

This lesson would be an early introduction, in the first 2-4 weeks of AS to Representation as an area of study, fundamental to all Media Studies specifications. As such, it can be tailored to any exam board e.g. OCR G322 study could focus...

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Representation of Sexuality in Film »

Rob Miller | Monday October 27, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Collective Identity, Representation of Sexuality, Film, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Queer Theory

This resource focuses on representation of sexuality in contemporary film, both English language and non-English language cinema using three 2014 LFF (London Film Festival) screenings as source material – Love is Strange, an English language French-American drama, A Girl at my Door, a South Korean drama and also The New Girlfriend, a French drama. It is worth acknowledging the increasing presence of more ‘mainstream’ films like Brokeback Mountain (2005), Black Swan...

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AQA MEST4 Media Studies Linked Production Piece Vampire Genre Film »

Rob Miller | Friday October 24, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Video Production, Theory, Genre Theory

Associated Resources

  • Storyboard Frame Sheet Template.docx
  • Call Sheet Template.xls

Linked Production Piece - A 5 Minute Opening Sequence for a New Vampire Genre Film

AO3 – Demonstrate the Ability to Plan and Construct Media Productions Using Appropriate Technical and Creative Skills

This production directly links with the Critical Investigation into the Evolution of the Vampire Genre. Importantly, for level 4 (25-32 marks) the production must have high production values...

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Viral Advertising »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 22, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, Eduqas (WJEC) GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Advertising, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, Making Money, Synergy

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Viral advertising spreads messages, ideas and associations about a brand quickly, commonly using digital technology – in many ways viral advertising relies on the consumer to pass on information with the producer either seeding videos via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or on many other interactive digital platforms with the consumer at the point, knowingly or unknowingly spreading the communication – viral advertising spreads like a cold virus,...

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AQA AS Unit 2: MEST2 Creating Media 2015 Brief Three »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 17, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Hot Entries, Music, Music Video, New Media, Digital Media, Production Zone, Video Production

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Associated Resources

  • AQA Brief Three Questionnaire Example.docx
  • AQA Storyboard Frame Sheet and Storyboard Example.docx
  • Call Sheet Template.xls

The whole point of AQA AS Media Studies coursework is that students will be working to set briefs produced by AQA that are changed every two years – for 2015 assessment there are three briefs, this guide relates to brief three which we will call:

“Producing Promotional Materials for a Band/Music Artist”

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Identities and the Media Old Age in Film and Television »

Rob Miller | Friday September 12, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Collective Identity, Representation of Age, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Queer Theory, Representation Theory

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Identity and age is a broad topic for study with youth identity a much debated and analysed area focussing on Gauntlett’s prosumer, interactivity using web 2.0 and the representation of the self through social media platforms, creating online identities and user generated content. Cultural identities of old age however have become a marginalised area of representation study and potentially in the media are still victim to hegemonic cultural...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Identities and the Media British National Identity »

Rob Miller | Friday September 12, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Collective Identity, National Identity, Key Concepts, Ideology, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Representation Theory

With AQA’s new ‘Identities’ topic, it is worth stressing from the outset the similarities and differences with Representations in the Media – the use of representation is a process for constructing identity and in this regard, a representation or representations can lead to a collective identity. This resource attempts to explore the concepts of ‘Britishness’ or British National Identity by studying a range of media texts, across a number of media platforms but...

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WJEC A2 MS4 Advertising: BT Infinity Campaign (2012-2014) »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 03, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Advertising, Marketing, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4 by exploring key potential exam areas of questioning – the advertising campaign is contemporary while in the exam you will be expected to analyse three, one of which must be British and it would make sense to have one global and the other with lower production values and more niche audience to enable a full answer to all potential question areas.  BT Infinity and BT Sport are high...

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Media and Collective Identity: Representation of Young Women Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 02, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Collective Identity, Representation of Women, Representation of Youth, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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How far does the representation of a social group change over time?

It is important to remember exactly this – that representations change. This essay explores the representation of young women in the media and discusses notions of identity. In 2014, audiences could and should expect to see distinct moves away from old fashioned, traditional patriarchal culture and the embracing of a much more pluralistic understanding of gender representation but...

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AQA Media Studies MEST4 Coursework Guide »

rlsmedia | Sunday August 31, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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In this synoptic unit candidates will build on their skills from AS study to investigate a media theme/text in more depth and realise a production piece reflecting this research. The unit has two sections:

  1. Critical Investigation (48 marks)
  2. Linked production piece (32 marks)

Candidates will research and produce one critical investigation and one linked production. The unit is holistic so the link between the two elements must be evident and...

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AQA AS & A2 Recommended Media Studies Theorists »

Rob Miller | Sunday August 31, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, Hot Entries, Theory, Media Theorists, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Understanding Key Skills, Understanding Key Topics

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Genre

  • John Fiske – genre as ‘convenience’ for producers and audiences – this means commercial success is underpinned by the conventions of genre in terms of what audiences expect.
  • Robert Stam – there are infinite genres. Basically here, Stam is advancing an A2 concept that there is an argument that genre no longer exists and we do not have to analyse text in terms of genre.
  • Jane Feuer – genre is abstract and becoming harder to identify.
  • ...
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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Identities and the Media »

rlsmedia | Saturday August 30, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Theory, Representation Theory

The pre-set topics for examination in June 2015 onwards are The Impact of New and Digital Media and Identities in the Media. It is advised by AQA that teachers must ensure that students are engaged in studying both of these topics to enable them to answer the questions in Section A and one question in Section B.

AQA (2014) advises that the new MEST 3 pre-set topic of Identities and the Media incorporates aspects of representation, audience and new and digital media. It...

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Breaking Bad Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday August 18, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, American Quality Television (AQT)

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Institutional Factors

Breaking Bad has, in a short period of time become iconic, ‘must see TV’ that in terms of genre conventions can be categorised as Crime Drama but also as AQT (American Quality Television). The programme has eclipsed the status of critical and commercial success and become widely accepted as one of the ‘greatest television programmes of all time’ in a range of polls canvassing a broad demographic – it entered the...

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Transition Unit: AQA AS Media Studies The Hunger Games: Catching Fire »

rlsmedia | Wednesday July 09, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Film, Action Adventure, Science Fiction, Hot Entries, Theory, Postmodern Theory, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching

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The purpose of the transition point is to provide AS students with a flavour of what they can expect in their A2 year. It is also an ideal opportunity to really enjoy teaching a whole text, to ease pupils into a more demanding course. In addition, the unit also aims to provide students with the necessary skills to address the A2 coursework element and in particular the Research Paper. During the first lesson it is useful to explore with pupils what...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Honda Exemplar »

rlsmedia | Monday June 09, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Advertising, Marketing, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Honda Power of Dreams Advertisement

Honda Top Gear Review

(From 2.30 min – 4.30 into the clip)

Section A (40%)
1 hour including 15 minutes reading/viewing time (32 marks)
The first section will be based around unseen stimulus materials which may be print, e-media, audio or moving image based. The stimulus materials will be designed to be easily assimilated by candidates in the space of 15 minutes and there will be time for note-taking and...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Captain America Exemplar »

rlsmedia | Monday June 09, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Advertising, Marketing, Film, Film Trailers, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Trailer Captain America: Winter Soldier

SKY Advert

Question 1 (Media Concepts)

How do the two texts (the SKY Advertisement, and The Captain America: Winter Soldier Trailer) use Media Language (Media Concept) to attract its target audience?
(8 marks)

Both tests use fast paced action and establishing shots to place the audience right in the centre of the main events. (Note how the candidate managed to identify key media language features and...

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AQA AS Media Studies MEST1 Section B Cross Media Study Synergy Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Monday March 24, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Film, British Film, Film Magazines, Film Promotion, Hollywood, Hot Entries, New Media, Synergy, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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MEST1 Section B - Cross Media Study Extended A Grade Exemplar Response – Synergy

(32 Marks)

Synergy is the process by which media institutions use a range of platforms to promote, sell and distribute their products. Assess the impact of synergy in your cross-media study. Support your answer with reference to a range of examples from three media platforms.

Synergy can be defined as when two or more compatible products sell each other e.g....

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