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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, 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, 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, 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, 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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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, 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 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 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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Media Studies Revision Workshops »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 08, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Consultancy and Workshops, Revision Workshops, Admin, Staffroom

Introduction

Welcome to Edusites Media’s Media Studies Revision Workshops link. Here you will find a range of workshops which can be tailored to your individual needs, whether at GCSE, AS or A2 or WJEC, AQA or OCR. To see an overview of all our Media Studies Workshops and CPD please click here.

We also run workshops and CPD for GCSE and A Level Film Studies via FilmEdu, our dedicated support site for Film.

Click on the links below for further information on our Media...

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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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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, 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, 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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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 Media Studies MEST3 Representation of Class in the Media Case Study »

Viki Walden | Friday March 21, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, News, News Values, Newspapers, Popular Press, Television, Reality TV

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Representation of Class (the Underclass) – A Case Study

Exploring representation of the “underclass” offers much opportunity for discussing a wide range of topics relevant to the AQA A2 specification including class, national and regional identity, and issues: poverty. You may also want to consider the broadcasting of the Channel 4 series Benefits Street as a media event. There is also scope for considering gender and ethnicity issues too –...

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AQA AS Media Studies MEST1 Section A The Wolf of Wall Street Exemplar »

rlsmedia | Wednesday March 19, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Film, Biography, Comedy, Crime Drama, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Audience, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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AQA AS Media Studies Unit 1 (MEST1)

Section A Texts, Concepts and Contexts

Answer all questions in Section A.

Read the information and the four questions below. You will be shown a media product three times. In between viewings you should make notes in response to the questions below in the space provided. These notes will not be marked. You should spend approximately 15 minutes answering each question in Section A. You should support your answers...

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Induction Resources & Activities »

Rob Miller | Monday September 30, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Firsts, BTEC Firsts, Key Concepts, Introductory Resources, Intro to Media Audiences, Intro to Media Institutions, Intro to Media Languages, Intro to Media Representations, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teacher Zone, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, iTraining Workshops, Staffroom, Induction

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Welcome to MediaEdu’s Induction Resources and Activities – please find below a suggested approach introducing GCSE, AS and BTEC students to studying the Media. Schemes of Work and assessment deadlines are tight these days but there is always/should always be an Induction Week when the learners can grapple with the fundamentals of the subject.

What happens next?, media charades, hangman and decorating the classroom are tried and tested and still...

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AQA AS Media Studies Marigold Hotel Transition Unit for Year 12 into Year 13 »

rlsmedia | Wednesday July 03, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, Hot Entries, Staffroom

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This Unit aims to provide clear guidance for AS students continuing with Media Studies after returning from study leave in the summer. The aim is to introduce some of the main concepts and also theories to help students build a solid foundation from which they can build on in A2 in terms of their coursework.

It is always useful to first start off with outlining the course for pupils in terms of what the next phase of their learning will look like,...

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AQA AS Media Studies Argo Transition Unit for Year 12 into Year 13 »

rlsmedia | Monday June 03, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, Hot Entries, Staffroom

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This Unit aims to provide clear guidance for AS students continuing with Media Studies after returning from study leave in the summer. The aim is to introduce some of the main concepts and also theories to help students build a solid foundation from which they can build on in A2 in terms of their coursework.

It is always useful to first start off with outlining for pupils what the next phase of their learning will look like, and what they will need...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Gatsby Static Image Sample Paper & Responses »

rlsmedia | Tuesday May 28, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Film, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, New Technologies, Synergy, User Generated Content, We Media, News, More on News, 24 Hour News, Popular Press, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials, Mocks

MEST3 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 essay planning. The materials will be chosen to raise issues about:

  • media concepts (form, representation, institutions,...
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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Olympics Static Image Sample Paper & Responses »

rlsmedia | Wednesday May 22, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, Postmodernism, User Generated Content, We Media, News, More on News, 24 Hour News, Popular Press, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials, Mocks

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MEST3 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 essay planning. The materials will be chosen to raise issues about:

  • media concepts (form,...
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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Static Image Sample Paper & Responses »

rlsmedia | Tuesday April 30, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, New Technologies, Postmodernism, User Generated Content, We Media, News, More on News, 24 Hour News, Popular Press, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials, Mocks

Associated Resources

  • Static Image Sample The Sun.pdf
  • Static Image Sample Hackney Gazette.pdf

MEST3 Section A (40%)

1 hour including15 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 essay planning. The materials...

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The Impact of New / Digital Media 24 Hour News Case Study »

rlsmedia | Friday April 19, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Advertising, Viral Advertising, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, Community, History of the Internet, Mobile Phones, Public Vs Privacy, Communications, New Technologies, User Generated Content, We Media, News, More on News, 24 Hour News

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Why do you need to study this Unit?

  • In your final exam you will need to respond to an essay question in Section B of the paper.
  • You can either choose one on Representation using your case study which you will produce with your Media Studies teacher at some point in your course;
  • Or you can choose a question on the Impact of New/Digital Media.

For a Top Mark Question you need to:

  • The answer shows a confident and appropriate discussion and evaluation...
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The Impact of New / Digital Media »

rlsmedia | Friday April 12, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, Community, History of the Internet, Mobile Phones, Public Vs Privacy, Making Money, Communications, New Technologies, User Generated Content, We Media

Why do you need to study this Unit?

  • In your final exam you will need to respond to an essay question in Section B of the paper.
  • You can either choose one on Representation using your case study which you will produce with your Media Studies teacher at some point in your course;
  • Or you can choose a question on the Impact of New/Digital Media.

However, in Section A of the paper you will need the information too. In Section A of this paper you will be shown two previously...

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AQA A Level Media Studies Coursework Exemplar: Evolution of the Vampire Genre »

Caroline Bagshaw | Tuesday March 05, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Theory, Postmodern Theory, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

A critical investigation on why the vampire genre has evolved so dramatically.

When the vampire genre first appeared in popular fiction with Bram Stoker’s novel ‘Dracula’, written in 1897, the character of Dracula was derived from Slavic folklore, focusing on the history and culture of Transylvania. Throughout the early 1900s vampire films became more and more popular even before the screen adaptation of Dracula in 1931. During this early period, vampires took on the...

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KS5 Media Studies Starters »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday September 12, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Hot Entries, Starters & Teaching Ideas, KS5 Media Studies Starters

5 in a Row

Some activities are aimed at setting tasks which enable the students to get on with it, and you to have time to take the register or meet and greet.

Emerging Technologies Review ICT

Ask students to research the following sites, and see how they could use this in their ePortfolios or as a way of tracking their work. A great introduction for Controlled Assessment:

  • Glogster
  • Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr
  • Prezi, Scribd
  • Slideshare, Slide Rocket or SlideBoom
  • BUBBL, Wordle

If...

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Galtung & Ruge News Values PPT »

Caroline Bagshaw | Thursday August 16, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Media Language, Hot Entries, News, News Values, Theory, Theory Downloads

Associated Resources

  • Galtung and Ruge News Values.ppt



Textual Analysis Checklist »

Clare O'Carroll | Wednesday June 27, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Intro to Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright, Ownership, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Skills, Textual Analysis

All texts taught should include this checklist for textual analysis:

Download Link: Textual Analysis Checklist.doc

Selected Text [Enter Text] | Industry [Enter Industry]

Industry Issues

  • Production
  • Background / Context
  • Marketing Promotion
  • Regulation
  • Global Implications
  • Distribution / Exhibition

Audience / Users

  • Targeting
  • Positioning
  • Debates
  • Responses

Key Media Concepts

Genre

  • Conventions
  • Iconography
  • Signifiers

Narrative

  • Structure
  • Conventions
  • Key Codes

Representation

    ...
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Postcolonialism & Cultural Imperalism »

Richard Gent | Wednesday April 25, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR A2, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Ideology, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Theory Downloads

We had an enquiry recently about Postmodernism which led to some productive responses. Ellen Grundy’s approach involved:

(L)ooking at representation and postcolonialism (as follows):

A research task on Gurinder Chadha and her films. How do her life and the themes of her films suggest a post colonial identity? For example Bend it like Beckham as a coming together of different ethnicities / cultures.

The classic clip of going for an ‘English’ in Goodness Gracious Me that turns...

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YouTube Case Study »

Rob Miller | Friday February 24, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Advertising, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, New Technologies, We Media, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

The idea of YouTube is a successful and iconic one – commercially and culturally ranking with ‘Zuckerberg’s’ Facebook, Google, Wikipedia and the loaf of bread as a pre requisite for modern living (as far as the target audience are concerned). If you are not 12-17 as the dominant viewing age group are (but very much not the exclusive age group) or indeed wheat intolerant then maybe these bastions of culture and modern society are not for you.

YouTube’s primary...

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The Representation of Masculinity in Men’s Magazines »

Rob Miller | Friday February 24, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Image Analysis, Masculinity in Men's Magazines

Men’s Magazines, in their printed form developed in terms of publication and circulation in the 1980s. Many reasons were offered for this, particularly in light of the fact that Women’s Magazines have been around for hundreds of years. A manifest, obvious reason could explore changing cultural representations in reference to how masculinity was perceived and that the 1980s was just about the right time for men to finally embrace a magazine genre of their own that was...

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2012 AQA A2 Media Studies Scheme of Work »

Rob Miller | Friday February 24, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Advertising, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Image Analysis, Masculinity in Men's Magazines, New Media, Convergence, Internet, Social Networking, New Technologies, We Media, Theory, Gender Theory, Representation Theory, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

MEST3 Critical Perspectives

MEST4 Research and Production

2012 Section B Topics: Representation and New Digital Media (3 Media Platforms) - 30 Week Scheme of Work

Overview

  • AQA A Level Media Studies Overview

Scheme

  • 2012 AQA A2 Media Studies SOW.doc

Concepts

  • Analysing Text, Stimulus Material - Audiences
  • Regulation and Censorship
  • Critical Investigation - Viral Marketing
  • Skills Development - Planning and Production
  • Representation of Masculinity
  • Digital Media Technologies
  • Exam...
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Meaning in Film & Mise En Scène »

Nicole Ponsford | Saturday October 22, 2011

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, 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, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Mise-en-scene, Key Concepts, Media Language, Hot Entries

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Denotation and Connotation

These are two important words concerned with the way an audience understands the meaning of a media text. These can also be called the signs and signified meaning, or the micro and macro features.

Denotation / sign / micro feature is the basic, literal meaning of what is in the picture or scene.

Connotation / signified meaning / macro feature means different interpretations suggested by the text, often associated with additional meaning, values,...

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AQA A2 Media Studies | How To Get The Top Grades »

Caroline Bagshaw | Thursday August 25, 2011

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Hot Entries

How do I get my students to reach the top grades? This is a question which we all ask.

Examiners and moderators often see work by students who may not be in the top ability bands yet manage to reach the higher mark bands because they REALLY understand what is required of them.

Below are some ideas and strategies which have been proven to help raise achievement in both exams and coursework modules.  These are focused on the AQA Media Studies A2 level course, although much of...

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Students’ Guide to Independent Study and Essay Writing »

Richard Gent | Tuesday March 08, 2011

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2

Media Issues

You may wish to focus on “a topic or issue arising out of or suggested by a contemporary media text or texts.” If you adopt this approach, make sure you’re interested in it (!) and don’t lose sight of the specific text(s) upon which your study must centre. Below are a number of issues, by way of example.

The following four important issues could form the basis of your study. Remember, though, the focus must always be the media text.

Contexts

It’s...

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The Representation of Migrants: Comparing The Daily Express to Gypo and Ghosts »

Nick Lacey | Tuesday November 23, 2010

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Documentaries, British, Documentarists, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping

Introduction

All three A Level Media Studies exam specifications emphasise the study of the representation of difference.

AQA suggests:

A case study of refugees in British newspapers for example, would involve research into, and documentation of, the treatment of refugees in a variety of British newspapers (or possibly just one) to pinpoint the political and social reasons for the construction of such media representations and the possible effects on the audience of...

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Using Tsotsi in Examinations and Assessments »

Antony Bateman | Monday November 22, 2010

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, 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, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies

There are a few scenarios under which you may find yourself using the film Tsotsi in an examination or assessment. You, or your teacher may perhaps choose the film when given an open ended assignment in a GCSE film assignment for media studies but the most likely circumstance under which you will be using the film is for the WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2, titled ‘Films From Outside Hollywood’ where the film is currently one of the focus films and will remain so until the...

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Analysing Film Title Sequences »

Antony Bateman | Monday November 01, 2010

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, 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, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Action Adventure, Film Opening Analysis, Title Sequences, Hot Entries

Functions of the Title Sequence

The functions of the title sequence in a film may seem to be fairly obvious. They are designed to tell the audience the names of the people and organisations involved with the making of the film and in this respect they do the job well.

Irrespective of the genre, there is a conventional way of presenting this information in the credit sequence. This information and the order in which it is presented follows a standard format. Later in this...

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AQA A2 Coursework Introduction PPT - MEST4 »

Caroline Bagshaw | Wednesday October 06, 2010

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2

Click on the link below to download a PowerPoint slideshow which introduces you to the coursework unit of AQA A2 Media Studies (MEST4).

MEST4_A2_Coursework_Introduction.ppt




Genre and Film (Thrillers) »

Stephen Hill | Tuesday August 24, 2010

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, 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, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Thrillers, Key Concepts, Genre

Click on the link below to download a PDF booklet you can print out.

Film Genre - Thrillers.pdf




AQA Media Studies MEST3 Exam Questions June 2010 »

Jeremy Orlebar | Monday June 21, 2010

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Admin, Staffroom, Mocks

Media Product One – The Game Play Trailer for Call of Duty

The trailer is the fourth instalment of the Call of Duty game series, which was released in the UK in November 2007. The trailer was widely available, including online and on television. It is a first person shooter game and can be played by a single player or as a multi-player online game. It is available on all main platforms, PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo DS.

The action is contemporary and is set in...

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