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New Spec GCSE Media Studies »

Richard Gent | Tuesday January 02, 2018

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Collective Identity, Representation of Age, Representation of Sexuality, Representation of Women, Representation of Youth, Key Concepts, Introductory Resources, Intro to Media Representations, Representation & Stereotyping, Magazines, Music, New Media, News, Overviews, Print, Television, Theory, Feminist Theory, Gender Theory, Genre Theory , Media Theorists, Queer Theory, Representation Theory

Each term we provide a Core Unit, based on the Department for Education Media Studies GCSE subject content. (February 2016)

The four areas of this theoretical framework, are:

  • Media Language: how the media through their forms, codes and conventions communicate meanings
  • Representation: how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups
  • Media Industries: how the media industries’ processes of production, distribution and circulation affect media forms and...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Workshop »

Rob Miller | Friday July 10, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Consultancy and Workshops, Edusites Media Student & Teacher Workshops, Film, Science Fiction, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Distribution, Exhibition, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Production, Regulation, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Topics, Skills, Textual Analysis, Theory, Genre Theory

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Programme Details

  • Edusites Media provides visually dynamic, interactive Starter, Booster and Revision Courses on TV Science Fiction Films dedicated to, and focusing on specification requirements.
  • Students will analyse Science Fiction Films, both mainstream and independent linking with notions of genre hybridisation and institution.
  • Activities will include how to respond to a pitch e.g. marketing a new Science Fiction Film while...
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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Essay Plan: Genre »

Rob Miller | Friday March 20, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Genre, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Theory, Genre Theory , Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Genre in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing my thriller opening sequence which I filmed and edited as my main task which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied genre in existing Thrillers such as Psycho, Seven, Man with the Golden Arm, Taken 3 and to learn about genre hybridisation - Skyfall and Escape Plan. This enabled us to fully understand how genre can be applied to our own productions”.

  • Example early...
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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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Genre Workshop »

Kirri Porter-White | Thursday June 19, 2014

Categories: Key Concepts, Genre, Hot Entries, Theory, Genre Theory

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Genre is open to hybridisation and change and is a core Media Studies concept. We offer full or half day workshops covering a range of media forms and platforms, incorporating relevant theory and language. Courses are bespoke to your specific exam board and specification requirements.


  • A 3 Hour Half Day course costs from £300
  • A 6 Hour Full Day course costs from £450
  • Travel and printing fees are also applicable, where appropriate. The workshop...
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Film Theory and Language »

Nicole Ponsford | Thursday August 23, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , Film, Film Analysis, Film Language, Key Concepts, Media Language, Theory, Apparatus Theory, Audience Theory, Feminist Theory, Formalist Theory, Genre Theory , Marxist Theory, Media Theorists, Postcolonial Theory, Poststructuralist Theory, Psychoanalytic Theory, Queer Theory, Race Theory, Screen Theory, Social Realist Theory, Structuralist Theory


Apparatus Film Theory

‘Apparatus’ is another word for the means in which a specific production is created. In the case of film / cinema, the film projector and the screen. Apparatus Theory is a model of spectatorship and institutions. It argues that cinema is ideological (based on ideas) because the films are created to represent reality. This means that because film is created to illustrate different ideas, everything has meaning - from the camerawork to the editing. It...

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Genre Theory Revision »

Jeremy Orlebar | Thursday June 03, 2010

Categories: Key Concepts, Genre, Theory, Genre Theory


David Buckingham studied 8-12 year olds undertaking this experiment.  He found that:

“genre was being used as an unspoken rationale for moving from one topic to the next. Thus, discussion of one comedy programme was more likely to be followed by discussion of another comedy programme, rather than of news or soap opera.” (Buckingham 1993: 139)

Genre is a French word that means type or kind. Genre is a way of classifying a media text to tell us something about...

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Genre Theory for A2 Media Studies »

Caroline Bagshaw | Wednesday September 09, 2009

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, Key Concepts, Genre, Theory, Genre Theory

Practical ways to study the concept of genre.

The new specifications for A-level (AQA) doesn’t require the study of genre explicitly at A/S Level.  However, at A2 the Specification suggests that candidates could consider Genre Theories as part of their understanding of why and how texts are created as they are.

For the research element of the MEST 4 study, it may well be that students wish to study a particular genre.

For example, a consideration of the enduring nature of...

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