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AQA A Level Media Studies »

Rob Miller | Tuesday August 18, 2015

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

New AQA A Level Media Studies Resources

We are developing a series of new resources for the new GCSE and A Level Media Studies specs. These are likely to include an overview planner, teaching guide, online slides, student workbook and a glossary. We hope to start publishing them in June.

Legacy Resources

AQA AS Media Studies Text, Concepts and Contexts

Welcome to Edusites Media’s comprehensive resources and materials link covering every aspect of MEST1, Text, Concepts and...

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We Media Democracy and Convergence »

Jeremy Orlebar | Wednesday May 12, 2010

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, Key Concepts, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, We Media, Other Topics

The catch word for the digital world of new media is convergence. Convergence is the coming together of everything digital.

Definition

Any digital media can be transmitted by any suitable digital medium, such as a wifi broadband connection or mobile phone, so that all communications, text, audio, graphics, video, and broadcasting can be accessed instantly.

The iPhone, Blackberry or computer becomes a two-way communications module with access to the internet, email, social...

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Media & Film Studies Blogs »

Richard Gent | Monday June 01, 2009

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Other Topics, Blogs

We Study Media by Rob McMinn

The Student Room & Media Studies

Setting up a Radio Station on Mediaed.org.uk

Modern Mechanix: examples of vintage advertising

Technorati on Ideology

Ideology for Kids: Decoding the Kremlin’s Website

The End of Cyberspace

Kinoeye on Media Studies

Bluegrass Film Society

Kids Gobble Up Interactive Junk Food Marketing

Continental Philosophy: Key Notes on Theorists

Dr. Mabuse’s Kaledio-scope: Four Models of Film/Media Blogging

Media Studies...

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Understanding Crime Drama »

Jeremy Orlebar | Saturday May 16, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Crime Drama, Key Concepts, Genre, Other Topics, Television, Television Crime Drama, Television Drama

Television and film crime/cop drama is very popular with a wide audience. Crime Dramas seek to anchor the representations of all types of police officers, criminals and victims as ‘believable’ characters, with ‘realistic’ plot lines, set in urban locations.The genre has been taken up in the US under the heading of American Quality Televsion (AQT) - see under heading AQT.

Codes and Conventions

Crime dramas:

  • are constructed realities
  • depict constructed versions of...
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Using Theory in A Level Media Studies »

Antony Bateman | Tuesday January 05, 2016

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Edexcel A Level, Edexcel A2, OCR A Level, OCR A2, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Theory, Application of Theory, Feminist Theory, Gender Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Poststructuralist Theory, Race Theory, Representation Theory, Structuralist Theory

There is a need in Media Studies, like all social sciences and critical subjects, to engage with theory and students should be encouraged to do so in their work. Using a theory is an effective way of a student demonstrating their understanding of the topic under discussion, adding weight to their arguments and undeniably lending gravitas to their answer. A key requirement in a successful Media Studies response is also to provide evidence of the validity of the arguments...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Video Games & Identities Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Friday August 28, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Section A Unseen (30/32)

You must read the information provided for Section A in detail. You will shown two media products three times and given 15 minutes to study and make notes on the two texts. These notes will not be marked during the assessment process. You must spend 45 minutes answering the three compulsory questions in detail.

Clips

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjbF_rNGR08
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvoD7ehZPcM

The first clip is a trailer for the action...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Identities and the Media Sec B Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Friday August 28, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Section B (46/48)

“We are defined by the Media we use.” How does your case study suggest that audiences use the media to construct their own identity?

Identity is the way we see ourselves and in turn the way different groups in society see us. I will be using the representation of the male hero in film as a case study platform to develop a response to this question while also exploring notions of audience active and passive consumption of media, important in understanding...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A UKIP Labour Party Extended Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 27, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Section A Unseen (32/32)

You must read the information provided for Section A in detail. You will be given approximately 15 minutes to study and make notes on the two texts. These notes will not be marked during the assessment process. You must spend 45 minutes answering the three compulsory questions in detail.

Clips

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt9uDZF24x8
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41_zFHcG1R0

The first clip is a UKIP Party Electoral Broadcast entitled...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A BGT Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 27, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Gossip Magazines, New Media, Synergy, Television, Reality TV, Television Industry, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Section A Unseen (32/32)

You must read the information provided for Section A in great detail. You will be given approximately 15 minutes to study and make notes on the two texts. These notes will not be marked during the assessment process. You must spend 45 minutes answering the three compulsory questions in detail.

Clips

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9aXhfT1pfs
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdZL_UyBpWU

The first clip is from Britain’s Got Talent, first broadcast...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Identities and the Media Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Thursday March 05, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Collective Identity, National Identity, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Does the Media Control the Construction of Identity?

Exemplar A Grade Essay 40/48 (more on the role of digital media needed)

Before answering this question, the concept of identity needs to be explained – I will be focusing on British National Identity but identities and the media can include self representation (how British you perceive yourself), collective identity in terms of how Britishness can be categorised in homogenous ways, dominant and marginalised...

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Representation of Sexuality in Film »

Rob Miller | Monday October 27, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Collective Identity, Representation of Sexuality, Film, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Queer Theory

This resource focuses on representation of sexuality in contemporary film, both English language and non-English language cinema using three 2014 LFF (London Film Festival) screenings as source material – Love is Strange, an English language French-American drama, A Girl at my Door, a South Korean drama and also The New Girlfriend, a French drama. It is worth acknowledging the increasing presence of more ‘mainstream’ films like Brokeback Mountain (2005), Black Swan...

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AQA MEST4 Media Studies Linked Production Piece Vampire Genre Film »

Rob Miller | Friday October 24, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Video Production, Theory, Genre Theory

Associated Resources

  • Storyboard Frame Sheet Template.docx
  • Call Sheet Template.xls

Linked Production Piece - A 5 Minute Opening Sequence for a New Vampire Genre Film

AO3 – Demonstrate the Ability to Plan and Construct Media Productions Using Appropriate Technical and Creative Skills

This production directly links with the Critical Investigation into the Evolution of the Vampire Genre. Importantly, for level 4 (25-32 marks) the production must have high production values...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Identities and the Media Old Age in Film and Television »

Rob Miller | Friday September 12, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Collective Identity, Representation of Age, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Queer Theory, Representation Theory

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Identity and age is a broad topic for study with youth identity a much debated and analysed area focussing on Gauntlett’s prosumer, interactivity using web 2.0 and the representation of the self through social media platforms, creating online identities and user generated content. Cultural identities of old age however have become a marginalised area of representation study and potentially in the media are still victim to hegemonic cultural...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Identities and the Media British National Identity »

Rob Miller | Friday September 12, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Collective Identity, National Identity, Key Concepts, Ideology, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Representation Theory

With AQA’s new ‘Identities’ topic, it is worth stressing from the outset the similarities and differences with Representations in the Media – the use of representation is a process for constructing identity and in this regard, a representation or representations can lead to a collective identity. This resource attempts to explore the concepts of ‘Britishness’ or British National Identity by studying a range of media texts, across a number of media platforms but...

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WJEC A2 MS4 Advertising: BT Infinity Campaign (2012-2014) »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 03, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Advertising, Marketing, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4 by exploring key potential exam areas of questioning – the advertising campaign is contemporary while in the exam you will be expected to analyse three, one of which must be British and it would make sense to have one global and the other with lower production values and more niche audience to enable a full answer to all potential question areas.  BT Infinity and BT Sport are high...

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Media and Collective Identity: Representation of Young Women Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 02, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Collective Identity, Representation of Women, Representation of Youth, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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How far does the representation of a social group change over time?

It is important to remember exactly this – that representations change. This essay explores the representation of young women in the media and discusses notions of identity. In 2014, audiences could and should expect to see distinct moves away from old fashioned, traditional patriarchal culture and the embracing of a much more pluralistic understanding of gender representation but...

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AQA Media Studies MEST4 Coursework Guide »

rlsmedia | Sunday August 31, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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In this synoptic unit candidates will build on their skills from AS study to investigate a media theme/text in more depth and realise a production piece reflecting this research. The unit has two sections:

  1. Critical Investigation (48 marks)
  2. Linked production piece (32 marks)

Candidates will research and produce one critical investigation and one linked production. The unit is holistic so the link between the two elements must be evident and...

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AQA AS & A2 Recommended Media Studies Theorists »

Rob Miller | Sunday August 31, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, Hot Entries, Theory, Media Theorists, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Understanding Key Skills, Understanding Key Topics

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Genre

  • John Fiske – genre as ‘convenience’ for producers and audiences – this means commercial success is underpinned by the conventions of genre in terms of what audiences expect.
  • Robert Stam – there are infinite genres. Basically here, Stam is advancing an A2 concept that there is an argument that genre no longer exists and we do not have to analyse text in terms of genre.
  • Jane Feuer – genre is abstract and becoming harder to identify.
  • ...
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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Identities and the Media »

rlsmedia | Saturday August 30, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Theory, Representation Theory

The pre-set topics for examination in June 2015 onwards are The Impact of New and Digital Media and Identities in the Media. It is advised by AQA that teachers must ensure that students are engaged in studying both of these topics to enable them to answer the questions in Section A and one question in Section B.

AQA (2014) advises that the new MEST 3 pre-set topic of Identities and the Media incorporates aspects of representation, audience and new and digital media. It...

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Breaking Bad Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday August 18, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, American Quality Television (AQT)

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Institutional Factors

Breaking Bad has, in a short period of time become iconic, ‘must see TV’ that in terms of genre conventions can be categorised as Crime Drama but also as AQT (American Quality Television). The programme has eclipsed the status of critical and commercial success and become widely accepted as one of the ‘greatest television programmes of all time’ in a range of polls canvassing a broad demographic – it entered the...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Honda Exemplar »

rlsmedia | Monday June 09, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Advertising, Marketing, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Honda Power of Dreams Advertisement

Honda Top Gear Review

(From 2.30 min – 4.30 into the clip)

Section A (40%)
1 hour including 15 minutes reading/viewing time (32 marks)
The first section will be based around unseen stimulus materials which may be print, e-media, audio or moving image based. The stimulus materials will be designed to be easily assimilated by candidates in the space of 15 minutes and there will be time for note-taking and...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Captain America Exemplar »

rlsmedia | Monday June 09, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Advertising, Marketing, Film, Film Trailers, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Trailer Captain America: Winter Soldier

SKY Advert

Question 1 (Media Concepts)

How do the two texts (the SKY Advertisement, and The Captain America: Winter Soldier Trailer) use Media Language (Media Concept) to attract its target audience?
(8 marks)

Both tests use fast paced action and establishing shots to place the audience right in the centre of the main events. (Note how the candidate managed to identify key media language features and...

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

Viki Walden | Friday March 21, 2014

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

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Representation of Class (the Underclass) – A Case Study

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

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

rlsmedia | Wednesday March 19, 2014

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

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AQA AS Media Studies Unit 1 (MEST1)

Section A Texts, Concepts and Contexts

Answer all questions in Section A.

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

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Induction Resources & Activities »

Rob Miller | Monday September 30, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Firsts, BTEC Firsts, Key Concepts, Introductory Resources, Intro to Media Audiences, Intro to Media Institutions, Intro to Media Languages, Intro to Media Representations, Audience, Genre

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Media Studies (2570)

Codes and references

Qualification typeAS and A-level
Specification titleMedia Studies
Specification code2570
Certification code1571 AS
2571 A2
QAN codes50022465
50022453

Talk to us

Paul Stover and the customer support team.
8am–5.30pm Monday to Friday
Tel: 01483 556301
Email: mediastudies@aqa.org.uk

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Media Studies (2570)

Codes and references

Qualification typeAS and A-level
Specification titleMedia Studies
Specification code2570
Certification code1571 AS
2571 A2
QAN codes50022465
50022453

Talk to us

Paul Stover and the customer support team.
8am–5.30pm Monday to Friday
Tel: 01483 556301
Email: mediastudies@aqa.org.uk

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