Wjec Media Studies A Level Coursework Examples Of Figurative Language

Understanding Genre »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday June 15, 2010

Categories: Key Concepts, Genre, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts

Genre is a French word that means type or kind. Most students will be aware of genre as a way of putting films, television programmes and other media texts into groups that have things in common, such as the story, or the ‘look’ of a film, or the characters, the settings and even the way the characters dress.

Genre, especially in film, is a key concept because it is more complex than just a way of putting similar films together in a group.
Brief Definition

Genre is a...

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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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Analysing Images »

Jeremy Orlebar | Saturday May 01, 2010

Categories: Key Concepts, Media Language, Magazines, Image Analysis, Other Topics, Moving Images, Skills

Brief Definition

Image analysis is the way in which an audience ‘reads’ the meaning of a media text image.

One of the ways image analysis works is to look for meaning through signs and symbols suggested by the way a scene is set up and filmed.

Signs and symbols in media texts are polysemic which means they are open to many interpretations. The different possible meanings in media texts depend on two things. The first is the way the signs and symbols in the text are...

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Understanding Narrative »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday December 01, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Narrative, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts

Narrative is the media term for story telling. Narrative is the way the different elements in a story are organised to make a meaningful story. Some of these elements can be facts as in a documentary, or characters and action as in a drama.

Narrative, or telling stories, is our way of making sense of the world about us and trying to put some meaning into that world.

Because we live in a world that is organised by time – hours of the day, days of the month, the years, so...

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Understanding Ideology »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday December 01, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Ideology, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts

Definition

Ideology means a set of values, beliefs and ideas that guide our lives.

Literally the word means the ‘study of ideas’. It has become accepted as the set of values and beliefs that we believe to be true, and that have become part of our daily life. These are the natural agreed values, or common sense, that keep society running. One such belief is that we all need to work to earn money to live, and we agree to pay taxes to support the state that supports us....

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Understanding Representation & Stereotyping »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday December 01, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts

AQA says that candidates for AS and A2 Media Studies should study the historical, social, political and economic dimensions of representation.
Definition

Representation is the process by which the media presents the ‘real world’ to an audience.

Media texts construct meanings about the world – a picture, a film, a television programme or a newspaper article re-presents the world to help audiences make sense of it.

A popular understanding of representation is through...

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Understanding Institutions »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday December 01, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Institutions, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, New Media, Integration

The following A Level boards: AQA, OCR, and WJEC require students to demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of media institutions. The key requirement across the syllabuses is to understand the relationship between Institutions and their media products.

Students should have knowledge and understanding of these six topics:

  1. OWNERSHIP Ways in which ownership of a media institution can affect or influence the content and distribution of its media texts.
  2. MARKETING The...
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Understanding Audience »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday December 01, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Audience, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts

Everyone has been in an audience. We have all been part of a group of people who come together to experience music, film, theatre or other live event. In media terms the audience is any group of people who receive a media text, and not just people who are together in the same place.

They receive the text via a media carrier such as a newspaper or magazine, television, DVD, radio or the internet. It can also be a mobile phone, iPod or any other device that stores or receives...

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An Introduction to Postmodernism »

John Lough | Tuesday December 01, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, New Media, Postmodernism, Other Topics, Theory, Postmodern Theory

What is it?

The concept is one which has become increasingly useful in the analysis and understanding of contemporary media culture but unfortunately is not a simple one to define.

It is at once a sociological condition which it is argued that the western world has moved in to over the last 30 years or so, a way of working (i.e. we can talk of a pomo film/book/work of art, etc.) and a set of philosophical ideas about the nature of reality; and these three aspects interact, and...

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Understanding Media Language »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday December 01, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Media Language, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts

Brief Definition

Media language is the way in which the meaning of a media text is conveyed to the audience.

One of the ways Media Language works is to convey meaning through signs and symbols suggested by the way a scene is set up and filmed.

Signs and symbols in media texts are polysemic which means they are open to many interpretations. The different possible meanings in media texts depend on two things. The first is the way the signs and symbols in the text are...

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What is Media Studies? »

Richard Gent | Wednesday November 11, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Other Topics

Media Studies isn’t easy to describe. It’s a living concept that continues to change just as technology and our experience with technology change. The purpose of Media Studies is to provide audiences with access to information no matter how it is experienced and allow people to adopt diverse critical positions.

Media Studies is desirable because its curriculum is inclusive; it recognises that the form of delivery as well as the content to be delivered needs to be studied in...

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An Introduction to Key Concepts in Media Studies »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday November 10, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Intro to Key Concepts

Studying media is about watching, reading, discussing and evaluating media texts such as films, television and radio programmes, newspapers and magazines, and advertisements.

An important aspect of Media Studies is evaluating (this is called ‘reading’) a media text to find out what it is trying to say to the audience, and how that message is being communicated. The first AS module is usually known as ‘Reading the media’.

In the course of this A level you will also...

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Understanding Copyright »

David Smailes | Thursday September 24, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Institutions, Copyright, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Understanding Key Topics

WHAT IS COPYRIGHT?

Copyright is literally a way of protecting the ‘right to copy’ something that someone else has created.

Copyright is an intellectual property right. It is a way of protecting the creative work – such as music, photographs or writing – from being pirated and used by someone else.

Throughout the world copyright exists. National laws cover different countries. Always check before using copyright material.

Whenever you use music in a production from...

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Understanding Regulation and Censorship »

Caroline Bagshaw | Thursday August 27, 2009

Categories: A Level, Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Understanding Key Topics

Why Regulate The Media?

The media now affects nearly every aspect of our lives.  It influences the products we consume, via advertising; our understanding of the world via news and documentary; our leisure via film and broadcast fiction and games; our methods of communication via the internet.  It is widely acknowledged that this dominance gives the media huge influence.

For example:

  • The Media Effects theory has achieved widespread acceptance by society.  This theory...
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An Introduction to Postmodern Media Theory »

Stephen Hill | Monday July 13, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Other Topics

Fig 1 Telephone Adverts 1970 and 2008

In theory, the proliferation of web 2.0 user- generated content and the appropriation of creative technologies by media audiences challenges the role of the media professional. In a very real sense it would seem that YouTube, Blogs and Myspace etc, not to mention the affordability of digital editing software and other home studio facilities, embody the collapse of the distinction between the real and the simulated that Jean Baudrillard...

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A History of The Internet »

Rod Munday | Tuesday May 19, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, We Media, Other Topics, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

Associated Resources

Have a look at the following resources on MediaEdu:

Web Design Tutorials

The Internet and World Wide Web

Studying The Internet

Deconstructing Web Pages

History of the Internet 1 | The Computer

The history of the internet is not a straight-forward narrative since it was not invented by one person or any group of people. The internet emerged out of the combination of three distinct inventions: computers, networks and software applications.

Each...

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Studying The Internet »

Rod Munday | Monday May 18, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, We Media, Other Topics, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

In this section we will look at some of the ways the internet can be studied. The first part looks at some of the impacts the internet has had on society, the second part examines some of the metaphors that have been used to make sense of what the internet is, and the third part looks at three ways in which the internet may be analysed through institutions, audiences and textual analysis.

Associated Resources

Have a look at the following resources on MediaEdu:

Web Design...

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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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The Internet & World Wide Web »

Rod Munday | Friday May 15, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, We Media, Other Topics, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

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Associated Resources

Have a look at the following resources on MediaEdu:

Web Design Tutorials

Studying The Internet

History of The Internet

A History of Online Social Networking

Deconstructing Web Pages

Definition

The above picture may look like an exploding galaxy or a human cell magnified many thousands of times but it is actually a map of the internet. The internet (short for interconnected network) can be thought of as an arrangement of...

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New Spec A Level Media Studies »

Richard Gent | Friday March 02, 2018

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Magazines, Music Press, Music, Music Distribution, Music Industry, Music Promotion, Music Video, The Press, New Media, Internet, Social Networking, Postmodernism, User Generated Content, New Spec, Theory, Media Theorists, Postmodern Theory, Poststructuralist Theory, Representation Theory, Semiotic Theory, Social Realist Theory, Structuralist Theory, Subcultures

Each term we provide a Core Unit, Exam Unit and NEA Unit based on the Department for Education Media Studies A Level 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...
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New Spec GCSE Media Studies »

Richard Gent | Thursday March 01, 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, New Spec, 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 7572 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Core: Media Representation+ »

Barry Rainsford | Thursday December 21, 2017

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

Each term we provide a Core Unit, based on the Department for Education Media Studies A Level 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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Eduqas (WJEC) 603 A Level Media Studies Unit 8 Core: Media Representation+ »

Barry Rainsford | Thursday December 21, 2017

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

Each term we provide a Core Unit, based on the Department for Education Media Studies A Level 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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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

Each term we provide a Core Unit, based on the Department for Education Media Studies A Level 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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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 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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WJEC AS Media Studies MS1 Representation of Issues: Zero Hours Contracts & Social Class »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 07, 2016

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping

Representation of issues refers to the way a range of media, across platforms, represents a particular issue. As a rule, issues tend to differentiate from events in that they are not simply ongoing but often reoccurring over time. Moral panics about body shape, diet and drinking culture but also the environment would be seen to be useful examples.

This resource will focus on two issues as covered by UK media - exploitation of the workforce including so-called ‘Zero...

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WJEC AS Media Studies MS1 Representation of Events: European Referendum & The Queen »

Rob Miller | Friday September 02, 2016

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping

EU Referendum

Representation of events refers to the way a range of media across platforms covers something that is deemed to be newsworthy or of interest to the public. This event can happen during one day e.g. celebrations when Queen Elizabeth II became the UK’s longest reigning monarch or panning out more over a period of time e.g. media reporting of the Ebola Outbreak or the Oscar Pistorius Trial. An event can become an issue, for example, the media coverage of the...

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Cameras and Sound »

Richard Gent | Friday June 24, 2016

Categories: Community Q&A, Hardware, Key Concepts, Production, Production Zone, Video Production, Teacher Zone, Admin, iTraining, Procurement, Staffroom, Equipment

WJEC Eduqas A Level Media Studies »

Rob Miller | Tuesday August 18, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies

New WJEC Eduqas 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

WJEC AS Media Studies Representations and Responses

Welcome to Edusites Media’s comprehensive resources and materials link covering every aspect of MS1,...

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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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WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Television Pack »

Rob Miller | Tuesday January 24, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Television

Texts

  • The Night Manager (Ep. 2, Sunday 28th February 2016 BBC One 9pm)
  • Catchphrase (Saturday 9th July 2016 ITV1 7pm)
  • Black Mirror (Series 3, Episode 1: ‘White Christmas’, Tuesday 16th December 2014 C4 10pm)

The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4. Students must choose carefully in the exam the question that best relates to the media industry and texts they have studied. Exam questions will be chosen from the following...

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WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Film Pack: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Deadpool and Amy »

Rob Miller | Monday September 05, 2016

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Film

Films

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • Amy (2015)

The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4 by exploring all key potential exam areas of questioning – the three films are all contemporary, one is British and reflect the different ‘types’ of films consumed by global, and national audiences. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a high production value, globally distributed blockbuster, Deadpool is a medium...

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WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Advertising Pack »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 31, 2016

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Advertising

Campaigns

  • Green Party Election Campaign (2015-16)
  • Paddy Power Campaign (2014-16)
  • Protein World Campaign (2015-16)

The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4 by exploring key exam question areas relating specifically to a question topic. Advertising can be problematic in relation to answering questions on Genre in Section A, for example, (dependent on campaign choice) but can often be a best fit for questions on Regulation in...

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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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WJEC A Level Media Studies Recommended Text Books »

Richard Gent | Friday November 13, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Community Q&A, Primary & Secondary Research, Recommended Text Books

I was just wondering if anybody can recommend some useful text books for teaching WJEC A and AS Media Studies? Many thanks, Catherine

I would highly recommend the WJEC AS Media Studies Study and Revision Guide by Christine Bell and edited by Barbara Connell, I swear by it and my students love it just as much. When I first started teaching AS Media I tried various other textbooks but this one is brilliant and has all of the information that students need to know for both...

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Approaches to WJEC MS4 Text, Industry and Audience Workshop »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 08, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Hot Entries

Our full or half day, interactive, visually stimulating workshops introduce pupils/students to the examined unit, MS4.

Centres are invited to specify which three industries and nine texts they intend to study in advance or Edusites Media can make their own recommendations. Approaches to MS4 and exploring and demystifying exam questions will be key content but also applying all question areas to chosen texts – genre, narrative, representation in Section A and audience...

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WJEC Media Studies AS > A2 Transition Unit »

Rob Miller | Tuesday October 28, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Documentaries, Nanook, British, Soviet Union, Nazi Propaganda, Cinema Verite, Documentaries Links, Hot Entries

The following resource is intended to prepare students for WJEC A2 Media Studies coursework Unit MS3. The documentary brief is found here. A suggestion would be to introduce the unit in May/June, after AS Unit MS1 external assessment is complete.

Tasks in Order

1. Research the Codes and Conventions of Documentary. Use the resources below to identify what you consider to be different types of film documentary (with examples) showing clear understanding of the codes and...

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MS4 Music Pack: The Beatles, AC/DC and Leonard Cohen »

Rob Miller | Friday October 03, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Ideology, Hot Entries, Music, British Pop Music, Fan Websites, Music Distribution, Music Industry, Music Promotion

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Below is an analysis of three music artists to assist research for MS4, Music Industry. For details of alternative artists, and a breakdown of admin related to the unit please see MediaEdu’s MS4 Music Pack: Beyonce, One Direction and Green Day.

WJEC permit one historical case study only from three chosen texts and The Beatles will be this first case study, also evidencing a British band that has received commercial, global success. AC/DC are...

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The Times, Daily Mirror and i Newspaper Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 30, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Ideology, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Synergy, News, News Ownership, News Values, Newspapers, Popular Press

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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 – a relevant balance of Newspapers could be a tabloid, mid market tabloid and a broadsheet or replacing the mid market tabloid with a local newspaper or a newspaper aimed at a specific demographic. This resource explores The Times as a national, traditional broadsheet, The Daily Mirror as a national,...

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MS4 Music Pack: Beyonce, One Direction and Green Day »

Rob Miller | Friday September 26, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Hot Entries, Music, British Pop Music, Fan Websites, Music Distribution, Music Industry, Music Promotion, The Press, New Media, Convergence, Internet, Social Networking, Synergy, Theory, Misc Theory

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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 – a useful balance of Music Artists includes a global performer (Beyonce), a British/Irish artist (One Direction) and a more independent case study or at least, reflecting more an indie genre (Green Day).

When studying or teaching MS4, a balance of artists and genres allows for comparative textual study...

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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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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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WJEC A2 Media Studies Level 4 Research Investigation Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Friday March 21, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Film, Documentaries, Factual, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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How does Weekend of a Champion and Bowling for Columbine conform to the codes and conventions of the documentary genre?

Documentary is the earliest of film genres, from the Lumiere Brothers’ The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat and Workers Leaving a Factory (1895) through to The Epic of Everest (1912) and Vertov’s Man With a Movie Camera from 1929. It is, and always has been a prolific genre with the primary objective to inform but also to...

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WJEC A2 Media Studies MS3: Media Investigation and Production »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 22, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Production Zone, Video Production

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MS3 contributes to synoptic assessment and crucially demonstrates the importance of research in informing media production. The three components of the unit are:

  • Research Investigation (1400 – 1800 words): 45 Marks
  • Production (informed by the investigation): 45 Marks
  • Evaulation (500 – 750 words): 10 Marks

Research Investigation: MediaEdu Exemplar: Documentary and Genre

This is an individual piece of work that allows students to focus on one...

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WJEC AS and A2 Media Studies Theorists »

Rob Miller | Monday January 13, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Hot Entries, Theory, Media Theorists

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All exam boards have their ‘favourite’ media theorists – this resource explores both contemporary and historical theory and the different approaches to studying core AS Media Studies concepts of Narrative, Genre, Representation and Audience. For AS Media Studies, pupils/students would only be expected to make limited/some reference to theorists at both MS1 and MS2 while at MS4 reference to 2 or 3 three theorists in each essay could be expected...

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2013 WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Specimen Papers & Sample Exam Responses »

Rob Miller | Monday January 13, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Hot Entries, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Associated Resources

  • WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Sample Exam.docx
  • WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Sample Exam A Grade Response.docx
  • WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Exemplar 2.docx
  • WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Film Narrative Exemplar.docx
  • WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Representation Games Exemplar.docx



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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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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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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Teaching Television Text & Industry Case Study »

Rob Miller | Thursday June 21, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Advertising, Intro to Advertising, Marketing, More on Advertising, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Intro to Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright, Ownership, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Globalisation, Integration, Internet, New Technologies, Postmodernism, Synergy, Television, Intro to Television, Television Industry, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Television remains a popular industry at MS4 in that is encourages students and teachers to study contemporary texts as a result of availability and immediacy and use archives such as 4OD, BBC iPlayer and ITV Player. Good combinations include one American programme regularly broadcast on British television, one high production value, mainstream British text and one with a more selective, niche target audience – House, Britain’s Got Talent and Charlie Brooker’s Black...

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2012 WJEC A2 Media Studies Scheme of Work »

Rob Miller | Tuesday June 19, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Hot Entries

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