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OCR A Level Media Studies »

Rob Miller | Tuesday August 18, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS

New OCR 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

OCR AS Media Studies Textual Analysis and Representation (TV Drama) and Institutions and Audience

Welcome to Edusites Media’s comprehensive resources and materials link...

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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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OCR AS Media Studies Overview »

Jeremy Orlebar | Sunday September 06, 2009

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS

An Overview - Unit G322 Key Media Concepts

As this is a new course it is important to have an overview so that you know what you have let yourself in for.

OCR suggest that theory and coursework support each other and develop along side each other. The suggested learning time is that students receive 180 ‘guided learning hours’ per year. You could divide this half and half between class work and homework.

I think you have more control over quality and deadlines if as much...

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OCR AS Media Studies »

Jeremy Orlebar | Saturday September 05, 2009

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS

An Overview - Unit G322 Key Media Concepts

As this is a new course it is important to have an overview so that you know what you have let yourself in for.

OCR suggest that theory and coursework support each other and develop along side each other. The suggested learning time is that students receive 180 ‘guided learning hours’ per year. You could divide this half and half between class work and homework.

I think you have more control over quality and deadlines if as much...

[ read full article ] »

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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OCR H409 A Level Media Unit 8 Non Examined Assessment (NEA) »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday April 17, 2018

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level

Guide Navigation

  • OCR H409 A Level Media Unit 8 Core: Media Representation+
  • OCR H409 A Level Media Unit 8 Set Products

Files you will need for the lessons

  • OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 NEA SOL Teacher
  • These slides are accessible to view with a live wifi connection using Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer

    • OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 NEA Introduction
    • OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 NEA Lesson 1
    • OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 NEA Lesson 2
    • OCR...
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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 OCR H409 A Level Media Studies »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday March 13, 2018

Categories: A Level, OCR 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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OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Set Products »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday March 13, 2018

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level

Guide Navigation

  • OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Core: Media Representation+
  • OCR H409 A Level Media Unit 8 Non Examined Assessment (NEA)

Files you will need for the lessons

  • OCR H409 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

    • OCR A Level Media Studies Core Unit 8 Exam Introduction
    • OCR A Level Media Studies Core Unit 8 Exam Lesson 1
    • OCR A Level Media...
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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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OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Core: Media Representation+ »

Barry Rainsford | Thursday December 21, 2017

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

Guide Navigation

  • OCR H409 A Level Media Unit 8 Set Products
  • OCR H409 A Level Media Unit 8 Non Examined Assessment (NEA)

Files you will need for the lessons

  • OCR H409 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

    • OCR Core Unit 8 Media Representation+ Introduction
    • OCR Core Unit 8 Media Representation+ Lesson 1
    • OCR Core Unit 8 Media Representation+...
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OCR H409 A Level Media Unit 7 Set Products »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday September 19, 2017

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level

Guide Navigation

  • OCR H409 A Level Media Unit 7 Core: Media Language+
  • OCR H409 A Level Media Unit 7 Non Examined Assessment (NEA)

Files you will need for the lessons

  • OCR H409 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

    • OCR A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Exam Introduction
    • OCR A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Exam Lesson 1
    • OCR A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Exam Lesson 2
    • ...
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OCR H409 A Level Media Unit 7 Non Examined Assessment (NEA) »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday September 19, 2017

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level

Guide Navigation

  • OCR H409 A Level Media Unit 7 Core: Media Language+
  • OCR H409 A Level Media Unit 7 Set Products

Files you will need for the lessons

  • OCR H409 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

    • OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 NEA Introduction
    • OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 NEA Lesson 1
    • OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 NEA Lesson 2
    • OCR H409...
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OCR H409 A Level Media Unit 7 Core: Media Language+ »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday August 01, 2017

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level

Guide Navigation

  • OCR H409 A Level Media Unit 7 Set Products
  • OCR H409 A Level Media Unit 7 Non Examined Assessment (NEA)

Files you will need for the lessons

  • OCR H409 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

    • OCR Core Unit 7 Media Language+ Introduction
    • OCR Core Unit 7 Media Language+ Lesson 1
    • OCR Core Unit 7 Media Language+ Lesson 2
    • OCR Core Unit 7...
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OCR A2 Media Studies G324 Advanced Portfolio in Media Brief 10: Short Film »

Rob Miller | Monday October 17, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Film, Short Film, Key Concepts, Production, Production Zone, Video Production

A short film in its entirety, lasting approximately five minutes, which may be live action or animated or a combination of both, together with two of the following three options:

  • Poster for the film
  • Film magazine review page featuring the film
  • Radio trailer for the film

For this particular brief, it is important to remember that a Short Film is indeed a complete piece and differs in approach from an opening sequence or a trailer. Narrative needs to be fully realised at the...

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OCR AS G322 Section B: Institutions and Audiences | Teaching Music »

Rob Miller | Monday September 12, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Institutions, Music, Music Distribution, Music Industry, Music Promotion

Music is an audio-visual media industry studied in the same way as film, television and video games. Students need to have access to a range of case studies to draw upon, focusing in particular on one contemporary mainstream and one independent artist and also institutions.

This resource streamlines approaches, identifies past exam questions (with essay plan), recommends mainstream and independent case studies but also suggests a structure or platform in teaching the music...

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OCR AS G322 Section B: Institutions and Audiences | Teaching Video Games »

Rob Miller | Monday September 12, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Games, Computer Games, Video Games

Video Games are not new media – from Pong’s commercial release in 1972, the Video Games industry is 44 years old. Teachers and students importantly do not have to be gamers to fully understand the industry and to be able to apply key media studies concepts. However, students do need to have access to a range of case studies to draw upon, focusing in particular on one contemporary mainstream and one independent video game and also a sound understanding of audiences and...

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OCR AS G322 Section B: Institutions and Audiences | Teaching Film »

Rob Miller | Friday September 09, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Film, Independent Film, Mainstream, Key Concepts, Audience, Institutions

Teaching film can be daunting to a non-media specialist, but also challenging for an experienced teacher. Approaches need to cover all exam topic areas ensuring students have a range of case studies to draw upon and focusing in particular on one contemporary mainstream and one independent film.

It initially seems a lot to learn and a lot to teach. This resource streamlines approaches, identifies past exam questions, recommends mainstream and independent case studies but...

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OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Exam Workbook Student »

Barry Rainsford | Saturday March 05, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR 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.

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 set of notes to help you with...

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OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Exam SOL Teacher »

Barry Rainsford | Saturday March 05, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level

The Lessons

Lesson 1: Introduction

Reviewing the OCR Exam

Slides 1-21

Objectives

  • Knowledge : To review the structure of the OCR examination
  • Learning : To build ideas of how to study set products to meet Assessment Objectives
  • Understanding : To develop understanding of the set Paper 1 Section B products

Starter/Loop Activity (5 Minutes)

Slide 2 Task 1A Pupils asked to consider the question from the Lesson Resource: BIG ISSUE Morrissey. Cover Students to write response (on...

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Media Regulation »

Richard Gent | Monday January 11, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Community Q&A, Media Regulation, Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Regulation

I am looking to change the exam content that I currently teach in G325 from Media in the Online Age to Contemporary Media Regulations. Wondered if anyone had any good materials, case studies and a SOW for this unit. Thanks, Laura

I used this previously to do media regulation. Some case studies may be a bit out of date now (has to be in last 5 years) but hope you get the general gist. I love this topic so will help if needed further. The stuff is all in my dropbox link here....

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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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OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Media Representation+ Workbook Student »

Barry Rainsford | Monday December 21, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR 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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OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Media Representation+ SOL Teacher »

Barry Rainsford | Monday December 21, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR 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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OCR AS Media G322 Sec A Textual Analysis and Representation TV Drama A Grade Gender Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Monday September 28, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Skills, Textual Analysis, Television, Television Drama, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

  • You will be allowed two minutes to read the question for Section A before the extract is screened.
  • The extract will be screened four times.
  • First screening: watch the extract; you must not take notes.
  • Second screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making.
  • Third and fourth screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making after the third and fourth screenings.
  • You must write your notes for Section A...
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OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 NEA Workbook Student »

Barry Rainsford | Saturday September 26, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR 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 OCR NEA Tasks

This is the NotePack for use with Edusites OCR Unit 7 GCE A Level Media Studies NEA. All of the notes refer to the content of this unit of work. They are designed to help you create a...

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OCR H409 A Level Media Studies NEA SOL Teacher »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday September 22, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level

This is the First A Level OCR NEA Unit

The purpose of this unit is not to tell anyone ‘what you must do’ or ‘this is the way that you must do it’. The work here is based on over twenty years of teaching Media Studies at A level in a very large (2,500 pupils) urban comprehensive in what was once described as one of the most deprived areas in the UK. It is based both on my own teaching and in leading teams of non-specialist staff, usually fresh from their teaching...

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OCR AS Media G322 Sec A Textual Analysis and Representation TV Drama Sexuality A Grade Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 22, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Skills, Textual Analysis, Television, Television Drama, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

  • You will be allowed two minutes to read the question for Section A before the extract is screened.
  • The extract will be screened four times.
  • First screening: watch the extract; you must not take notes.
  • Second screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making.
  • Third and fourth screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making after the third and fourth screenings.
  • You must write your notes for Section A...
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OCR AS Media G322 Sec A Textual Analysis and Representation TV Drama Ethnicity A Grade Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Monday September 21, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Skills, Textual Analysis, Television, Television Drama, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

  • You will be allowed two minutes to read the question for Section A before the extract is screened.
  • The extract will be screened four times.
  • First screening: watch the extract; you must not take notes.
  • Second screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making.
  • Third and fourth screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making after the third and fourth screenings.
  • You must write your notes for Section A...
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OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 7 Exam Workbook Student »

Barry Rainsford | Saturday September 19, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR 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 OCR Set Texts

This is the NotePack for use with Edusites Unit 7 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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OCR AS Media G322 Sec A Textual Analysis and Representation TV Drama Age A Grade Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Thursday September 17, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Skills, Textual Analysis, Television, Television Drama, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

  • You will be allowed two minutes to read the question for Section A before the extract is screened.
  • The extract will be screened four times.
  • First screening: watch the extract; you must not take notes.
  • Second screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making.
  • Third and fourth screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making after the third and fourth screenings.
  • You must write your notes for Section A...
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OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 NEA Workbook Student »

Barry Rainsford | Friday April 17, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR 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 OCR NEA Tasks

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

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OCR H409 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 NEA SOL Teacher »

Barry Rainsford | Friday April 17, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level

The Lessons

Lesson 1

The 2019 Eduqas NEA Briefs

Slides 1-33

Objectives

  • Knowledge : To develop ideas about the 2019 NEA assessment tasks
  • Learning : To build ideas of how to construct NEA products by applying skills
  • Understanding : To develop understanding by analysis of NEA objectives

Starter/Loop Activity (5 minutes)

Slide 2 Task 1A Pupils asked to consider the question from the Lesson Resource: The i weekend?.

Prepare the Learning (10 Minutes)

Share the objectives....

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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Music Magazine Essay Plan: Genre »

Richard Gent | Wednesday March 25, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Genre, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music, The Press, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Genre in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing the front page, contents page and double page spread of my music magazine which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied genre and hybridisation in existing music magazines such as XXL, The Source, Kerrang!, Q, NME, Rock Sound and online magazines such as We Love Pop and Drowned in Sound. This enabled us to fully understand how genre can be applied to our own...

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OCR G325 A2 Media Section A 1b Music Magazine Essay Plan: Representation »

Rob Miller | Wednesday March 25, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Representation in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing the front page, contents page and double page spread of my music magazine which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied representation in existing music magazines such as XXL, The Source, Kerrang!, Q, NME, Rock Sound and online magazines such as We Love Pop and Drowned in Sound. This enabled us to fully understand how representation can be applied to our own...

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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Music Magazine Essay Plan: Narrative »

Rob Miller | Wednesday March 25, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Narrative, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Narrative in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing the front page, contents page and double page spread of my music magazine which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied narrative in existing music magazines such as XXL, The Source, Kerrang!, Q, NME, Rock Sound and online magazines such as We Love Pop and Drowned in Sound. This enabled us to fully understand how narrative can be applied to our own productions”.

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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Essay Plan: Narrative »

Rob Miller | Friday March 20, 2015

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

Analyse Narrative 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 narrative in existing Thriller films such as Psycho, Seven, Man with the Golden Arm, Taken 3, Skyfall and Escape Plan. This enabled us to fully understand how narrative can be applied to our own productions”.

Plan/Structure – Discuss Narrative...

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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Essay Plan: Language »

Rob Miller | Friday March 20, 2015

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

Analyse use of Media Language 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 media language in existing Thrillers such as Seven, Psycho, Taken 3, Skyfall and Escape Plan. This enabled us to fully understand how cinematography, mise-en-scene, composition, editing and sound could be applied to our own productions to...

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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Essay Plan: Representation »

Rob Miller | Friday March 20, 2015

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

Analyse Representation in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing my music video which I filmed and edited as my main task which formed part of my Advanced Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied representation in existing music videos such as Doug Walker’s low production value British independent ‘The Mystery’, Katy Perry’s ‘I Kissed a Girl’, Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s ‘Telephone’, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Lego House’, and Jay-Z and Alicia...

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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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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Essay Plan: Audience »

Rob Miller | Friday March 20, 2015

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

Analyse Audience 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 audience and audience theory in existing Thrillers such as Taken 3, Seven, Psycho, the hybrid thriller Skyfall and Escape Plan. This enabled us to fully understand how theories of audience can be applied to our own productions”.

  • Acknowledge that,...
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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

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  • 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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Exemplar OCR A2 Lesson Plan | Introducing G325 Section A »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 13, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Hot Entries, Production Zone, 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 G325 Section A - Q1a: Theoretical Evaluation of Production.

Context

This lesson would take place typically in mid-February, after completion of the Advanced Portfolio in Media and as a last lesson before the weekend (the homework links directly to first lesson back) -...

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OCR AS > A2 Media Studies Transition Unit »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 29, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Video Production

The following resource is intended to prepare students for OCR A2 Media Studies, for both G324 and examined unit G325 in terms of developing self-reflective skills and critical autonomy within an evaluative framework. A key focus will be on Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production with centres having six topics to choose from for Section B.

It is suggested that the Transition Assignment is introduced on or around 8th June 2015, directly after the AS Media Studies...

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OCR A2 Media Studies G325 Music Video Exemplar Response »

Rob Miller | Tuesday October 28, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Hot Entries, Music, Music Video, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Analyse Representation in one of your Coursework Productions.

I will be analysing my music video that we filmed and edited for our main task which formed part of my Advanced Portfolio in Media – a promotional package for release of an album, to include a music promo video. In class, we studied representation in existing Music Videos such as Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball, Pharrell Williams’ Happy, Katy Perry’s I Kissed a Girl and Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s Telephone – I...

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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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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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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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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Extended Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Sunday August 24, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production

In question 1 (a) you need to write about your work for the Foundation Portfolio and Advanced Portfolio units and you may refer to other media production work you have undertaken.

1(a) Describe how your analysis of the conventions of real media texts informed your own creative practice. Refer to a range of examples in your answer to show how these skills developed over time. (25 Marks)

For 21-25 marks: “There is a clear sense...

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