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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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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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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 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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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, 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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Viral Advertising »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 22, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR AS, 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 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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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 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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AQA AS Media Studies Revision Quiz »

Rob Miller | Thursday March 20, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes

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AQA AS Media Studies MEST1 Section A Frozen Planet Exemplar »

Caroline Bagshaw | Wednesday March 19, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Film, Documentaries, Factual, Key Concepts, Audience, Institutions, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Summer 2013 MEST1 Section A

The Summer 2013 AQA Media Studies A/S Level MEST 1 paper was based on a moving image clip from the BBC.  As always with these papers, students should be taught to carefully interrogate the introductory details. One way to do this is to see how well they can answer the questions without even seeing the clip!

Here they were given the following information:

You are about to see a short sequence from Frozen Planet, first...

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Teaching AQA AS Media Studies MEST1 Guide »

Rob Miller | Monday December 02, 2013

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

MEST1 Investigating Media is a two-hour exam, worth 80 marks and is 50% of the AQA AS Media Studies qualification. It comprises two distinctly different sectionsSection A: Text, Concepts and Contexts with 4 short answer 12 mark questions based on stimulus material (either static image or audio-visual). Section B is called Cross Media Study and comprises a choice between two 32 mark more essay based questions (detail later in resource). Students are advised to spend 1 hr....

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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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MEST2 Lifestyle Programming Synopticity Productions »

Caroline Bagshaw | Thursday September 26, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Hot Entries, Television, Lifestyle Programming, Staffroom

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AQA Media Studies MEST 2 Coursework

New Brief for 2014: Lifestyle Programming

All of the MEST2 Coursework briefs for 2014 are available on the AQA website:

  • http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-W-TRB-MEDS-MEST2-13-14.PDF

There is also a Teacher Guide for the briefs available:

  • http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-2570-W-TRB-U02GUIDANCE-14.PDF

This document is intended to support teachers / students as they consider the new brief.  Articles...

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MEST2 Silver Lining Productions »

Caroline Bagshaw | Tuesday September 17, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS

AQA Media Studies A Level A/S Coursework
Brief One (new for 2013) ‘Silver Lining Productions’

The Brief

This is what the AQA brief says you need to work on:

‘You work for Silver Lining Productions, a multi-media production company that has had recent television success with fly on the wall documentaries, structured reality programming and fiction products.  They have also developed supporting media for their broadcast productions in print, audio and e-media.  The...

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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 AS MEST1 Section A Guide & Exemplar Response »

rlsmedia | Tuesday May 14, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Unit 1 Investigating Media

50% of AS, 25% of A Level, 2 Hour Written Examination 80 marks

Two Sections: Section A

The unseen text will either be a moving image or a static image. You need to do four compulsory short answer questions.

(1 hour 15 minutes including 15 minutes reading/viewing time) will consist of four short answer questions, all compulsory, relating to a piece of unseen stimulus material. The unseen material will take the form of one of the following: moving...

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AQA AS MEST1 Case Study & Exemplar Response »

rlsmedia | Tuesday May 14, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, New Media, Convergence, Internet, Social Networking, Community, Mobile Phones, Making Money, New Technologies, Synergy, User Generated Content, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Unit 1 Investigating Media

50% of AS, 25% of A Level, 2 Hour Written Examination 80 Marks

Two Sections: Section A

The unseen text will either be a moving image or a static image. You need to do four compulsory short answer questions.

Section B: Case Study

You have a choice of one from two essays.

AQA Specification (2013)

Section B (45 minutes) will require a sustained response to one of a choice of two questions which will give the candidates...

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Web Design Coursework »

Caroline Bagshaw | Monday March 04, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Web Production, Skills, Web Design, Staffroom

Web design is a production option on some specs for coursework. It can be an attractive choice for students and, as with all production, needs careful planning, guidance and monitoring. As a relatively new production assignment it is essential that students are clear about how to approach the work in order to give them the best chance of securing a high mark by accessing the higher levels of the mark scheme. Given that there are several boards and specs that include web...

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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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Research on Media Institution Regulation »

Caroline Bagshaw | Friday August 17, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation

Who controls the media institutions in the UK?

Ofcom

  • Which media does Ofcom handle complaints about?
  • What aspects of a programme broadcast on commercial radio and TV can it consider?
  • What issues can it consider relating to programmes broadcast by the BBC?
  • What issues can it consider relating to sponsorship?
  • What sanctions can it impose on media institutions?
  • What is not within its remit?

Press Complaints Commission

  • In 2012, what proportion of complaints made to the PCC...
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AS Media Institutions PPT »

Caroline Bagshaw | Friday August 17, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Key Concepts, Institutions, Intro to Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright, Ownership, Hot Entries

Associated Resources

  • AS Media Institutions.ppt

NB The key facts and figures in media institutions are constantly changing. This resource provides a framework you can use to introduce the concept of institutions but it will need updating on a regular basis. It will also need a suitable moving image clip adding (the original ppt used a clip from The Bourne Identity) for the group activity on slide six.




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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Social Realism Case Study »

Rob Miller | Thursday June 14, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Film, Social Realism, Hot Entries

Origins and Development

Social Realist films originate in the 1950s/1960s but drew in terms of their form and style from the British documentary tradition of the 1930s popularised by the GPO Film Unit (Nightmail) who ultimately became the Crown Film Unit at the start of WW2 (Fires Were Started, Britain Can Take It). In the 1960s social realist films became critically and commercially successful and benefitted from the fact that television was only a feature in some middle...

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Lady Gaga Cross Media Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday June 13, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Advertising, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Music, Fan Websites, Music Distribution, Music Industry, Music Promotion, Music Video, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Integration, Internet, Social Networking, Making Money, New Technologies, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

Lady Gaga – Sony Music Entertainment | Universal Music Group

For your AQA AS Media Studies Cross Media Study you are required to understand a range of texts across 3 different media platforms – Broadcasting, E Media and Print with notions of institution underpinning the background to production e.g. funding, ownership, use of technology and distribution.

Exam questions often directly ask students to examine how institutions are represented across the three platforms.

This...

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2012 AQA AS Media Studies Scheme of Work »

Rob Miller | Wednesday June 13, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Advertising, Viral Advertising, Film, Social Realism, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking

MEST1/Unit 1 Investigating Media: Section A Texts, Concepts and Contexts

MEST2/Unit 2 Creating Media: Set Brief One - Film (50% of AS)

AS Award 1571 - 32 Week Scheme of Work

Overview

  • AQA A Level Media Studies Overview

Scheme

  • 2012 AQA AS Media Studies SOW.doc

Concepts

  • Media Forms, Representation, Institution, Audience (including media language, genre and narrative)
  • Cross Media Study - Linked Texts (broadcasting, emedia, print)
  • Research, Planning and Responding to a Brief
  • ...
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Regional Newspapers | AQA MEST2 Creating Media »

Jeremy Orlebar | Thursday December 01, 2011

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Advertising, More on Advertising, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, New Technologies, News, More on News, Regional News, Production Zone, Web Production

Associated Resources

MEST2 Coursework Overview 2011-12.ppt

All teacher-assessed marks to be returned to AQA by 10 January 2012 or 15 May 2012

Link: AQA MEST2 Briefs

Brief Two | Regional Newspapers

A regional newspaper is about to run a month long campaign promoting local sports. The newspaper has an online presence and is keen to use its website as a focus for information, as well as featuring a range of sports related features in its print product to broaden the reach of...

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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 AS Media Studies | How To Get The Top Grades »

Caroline Bagshaw | Thursday August 11, 2011

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, 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 aren’t perhaps 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 AS level course, although...

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AQA AS Media Studies | MEST1 Advice »

Caroline Bagshaw | Monday July 04, 2011

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Hot Entries, New Media, Synergy

AS Case Study Example

Film / broadcast fiction over three platforms, moving image, print and emedia

  • Students will do significantly better if they use their own, rather than teacher-taught material.
  • A case study is not just one product. The case study is an investigation of the area you have chosen to study (sport / music / lifestyle) and will include a wide range of products from the three platforms, moving image, print and emedia.
  • Questions often focus on audience...
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MEST1 Exam + Exemplar Responses (Jan 2010) »

Caroline Bagshaw | Thursday May 19, 2011

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Associated Resources

  • JAN10 Question Paper.pdf
  • MEST1 Jan 2010 Blu Ray Exemplars.doc

 




AQA AS Media Studies | MEST2 Advice »

Caroline Bagshaw | Monday March 07, 2011

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

This advice is intended to help colleagues when supporting their students for MEST2.

Of course, the AQA specification has details which you and your students will need to be familiar with; the briefs themselves are fairly detailed and there is additional information in the Teachers’ Resource Banks for this unit.  Each centre also has its own coursework advisor, (details available from the Media dept at AQA). 

Moderators are always reminded that their job is to support a...

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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

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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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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 MEST2 Music Promotion »

Jeremy Orlebar | Monday July 19, 2010

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Hot Entries, Music, Music Promotion, Other Topics

Unit 2 Creating Media

This is the course work unit and here we are looking at just one of the three briefs. It is the new brief for students to complete by May 2011. All teacher-assessed marks to be returned to AQA by 10 January 2011 or 15 May 2011

MediaEdu pages that will help with this module:

  • Popular Music Promotion
  • Understanding Advertising
  • CD Cover Design & Analysis
  • Production Zone – Video
  • Music Video Pre-Production
  • Digital Cameras and Photography
  • Producing Printed...
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Children of Men | Analyse Film Opening »

Caroline Bagshaw | Saturday June 19, 2010

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Click on the link below to download a frame for analysing the opening of the film ‘Children of Men’.

Film-Opening-Children-Of-Men.doc

‘It’s just an idea for group work deconstructing an interesting text (especially because, unusually, this one starts in the middle of the disequilibrium, rather than establishing an equilibrium first of all, so is good for narrative theory.  Also, our “hero” is rather unheroic (he doesn’t return to the aftermath of the bomb to rescue people,...

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AQA Media Studies »

Richard Gent | Tuesday April 27, 2010

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

MediaEdu provides access to the following resources:

A Level Media Studies

  • Schemes of work for AS and A2
  • Topic Information
  • Interactive Quizzes
  • Image Gallery

GCSE Media Studies

  • Schemes of work for GCSE
  • Mock Exams
  • Topic Information
  • Interactive Quizzes
  • Image Gallery

Key Concepts & Skills

  • Skills Tutorials
  • Production Zone
  • Key Concept Guides
  • Media Language Glossary

Other Resources

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Support Community

  • Our colleagues are always willing to help when those thorny...
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AQA AS MEST1 Scheme »

Jeremy Orlebar | Friday September 04, 2009

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS

AS MEST1 - Term 1

A Suggested Scheme of Work

This scheme of work is not in any way prescriptive, it is simply offered as a possible way in. It should be adapted and moulded to fit particular teachers, students and resources.

This is what the spec says:

Unit 1 – MEST1 Investigating Media

The basics are : It is 50% of AS, 25% of A Level.

There is a 2 hour written
examination worth 80 marks.

Two sections:

Section Afour compulsory short answer questions

Section B...

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AQA AS MEST2 Scheme »

Jeremy Orlebar | Thursday September 03, 2009

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS

AS MEST2 - Terms 2 and 3

A Suggested Scheme of Work

This scheme of work is not in any way prescriptive, it is simply offered as a possible way in. It should be adapted and moulded to fit particular teachers, students and resources.

TERM 2: Jan- Mar (Approx 12 weeks)

MEST 2 Creating Media Briefs for 2009

AQA Instructions say that each Brief has three separate tasks, each requiring students to work in the three different media platforms – Broadcasting, Print and eMedia.

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