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Media New A Level Outline of course content

Media New A Level Outline of course content

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Published by Julie Thrasher
Outline of what the new A level Media Studies contains in terms of overall content. Covers AS and A2 detail.
Outline of what the new A level Media Studies contains in terms of overall content. Covers AS and A2 detail.

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Published by: Julie Thrasher on Dec 18, 2009
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Why study Media?
It’s fun, creative, interesting andchallenging! You get to make your ownfilm and music video, study TV Drama andthe Film Industry and in A2 study media inthe online age, looking at how the internethas revolutionised media. From iPods toiPads, Twitter to Facebook, theMediasphere has never been the samesince the advent of the World Wide Web.As well as honing your creativeskills, you will learn how to use all the keytechnology and software that will helpyou, whatever your future plans are. Youwill know how to communicate effectivelywith video, image and sound, conveyingcomplex arguments in a stunning way – agreat skill whatever your chosen careerpath.The course is 50% practical and theassessment takes place via an individualelectronic blog. A support site is maintainedby the department, with linked accounts toother online services for you to use (such asYoutube, Scribd and Slideshare), wherevideos, links, worksheets, files – in facteverything you need - is hosted.http://everythingmediastudies.blogspot.com 
Media Studies AS/A2 (OCR)
The Foundation period will provide excellent preparation for theassessed units, which are as follows:
Unit 1 G321:
Foundation Portfolio in Media
(worth 50% of marks available at AS)
The Foundation Portfolio is a Coursework Unit, consisting of 2 videoproductions and an online blog. The first video piece will be a shortsequence produced to demonstrate basic technical ability andunderstanding of continuity technique. The second is a fullydeveloped production produced to demonstrate skill development, consisting of the first 2 minutes of afiction film, based on an original idea developed by the students. Students will work in groups but willbe assessed individually on their work in the following stages:
research, planning, development of ideas, scripting, storyboarding,
shooting, lighting, working with sets, actors and scripts
editing, special and sound effects, music.Evidence for the different stages will be presented via an online blog. Students will be expected toevaluate the finished film production according to specific theoretical criteria and this will also bepresented through the blog.
Marking is out of 100 (20 marks for research + planning, 60 marks for practical work, 20marks for the evaluation).
Studying media makes sense – after all we live in a media-saturated world, onewhere in every walk of life, media is central. Understanding how media work and howthe industry and audience factor into this gives one a crucial understanding andinsight into contemporary culture.You will learn and hone transferable skills such as analysis, evaluation andreflection. You will also have managed film projects giving you management andorganisational skills. Meeting deadlines is key; planning shoots and organisinglocation filming are challenging, fun
develop skills you will always need and youwill be able to give concrete examples of how you have developed your expertise inthese areas when applying for university or work at the end of your course.Whether you are planning to go to University or going to work, Media Studieshas a lot to offer you. Understanding of, and the ability to harness, the power of themedia for your own purposes are core skills; thinking skills such as analysis,synthesis and evaluation are key to any further study or management role, practicalskills in media technologies and project management skills will all become part of your portfolio of abilities by the end of this course.
All this will ive ou the ede are ou read to face the challene?
AS Media Studies 
Unit 2: G322:
Key Media Concepts
(worth 50% of marks available at AS)
 This is an externally examined unit, assessed by a 2 hour exam taken in June. The exam is brokendown into 2 key areas, as follows:
Section A:
the focus of this section is the
textual analysis
of a
5 minutetelevision sequence
. Students will be shown an
unseen extract
from a
UK TV Drama
as part of the exam, and will be required to write an analyticalessay about the extract focusing on the representation of a particular socialgroup and the way this is constructed through the setting, camera work,editing style and sound.
Section B:
this section focuses on the relationship between
media audiences
media industries
through a case study of a particular media industry. Ourchosen focus will be the
Film Industry
, and we will look at the way film making,distribution and marketing have changed and developed in line with the digital andonline age. Students will be required to write an exam essay about their specific cases.
this exam will be marked out of 100, with each section being worth 50% of the marksavailable.
Unit 3 G324:
 Advanced Portfolio in Media
(worth 50% of the marksavailable at A2)
This coursework unit is based around the Music Industry and enablesstudents to engage with contemporary media technologies to producea media portfolio through a combination of two or more media andthen present their research, planning and evaluation through anonline blog. It also enables them to develop the skills of presentationthat are required for further study at higher levels and in theworkplace.Students will be required to work in groups to develop a promotionalpackage for the release of a new album, to include a
music promovideo
further artefacts from the following 3 options:
a website homepage for the band
a Digipack for its release on DVD
a magazine advertisement for the DVDAssessment:
Marking is out of 100 (20 marks for research + planning, 60 marks for practical work, 20marks for the evaluation). This unit represents a development of the skills from Unit One and is alsointernally assessed and externally moderated.
Unit 4: A2 G325:
Critical Perspectives
in Media (worth 50% of the marks available at A2)
This is a 2 hour externally examined paper broken down into two sections, as follows:
Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production
1a In a short essay, students are required to explore key media concepts such as
 through an analysis of their own production work (worth 12.5%)
1b In a short essay, students are required to explore creative media practices such as
the use of digital technology 
 post-production techniques
through an analysis of the practices they used for their ownproduction work (worth 12.5%)
A2 Media Studies 

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