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A2 media exam

  1. 1. A2 Media Exam<br />Lesson Objectives: To develop your exam technique.<br />
  2. 2. Section A Theorists<br />Sort the theorists into either Representation, Audience, Narrative, Genre.<br />
  3. 3. The Exam<br />The exam is 2 hours long, and has 2 sections.<br />Spend 1 hour on each section.<br />You may want to do the Section B question first as it is worth most marks.<br />Remember to number your answers.<br />
  4. 4. Section A<br />Section A is based on your coursework. You answer both questions 1(a) and 1(b).<br />Question 1(a)you must talk about both AS and A2 coursework products.<br />Question 1(b) you choose one coursework product, either AS or A2 to discuss.<br />
  5. 5. 1(a)<br />In this question you will be asked to discuss the progress of your skills from AS to A2 in relation to one or two of the following:<br />Research and Planning<br />Digital Technology<br />Post-Production<br />Creativity<br />Use of Conventions<br />YOU MUST TALK ABOUT BOTH YOUR AS AND A2 COURSEWORK FOR THIS QUESTION.<br />
  6. 6. 1(a) Past Questions<br />Describe how you developedresearch and planning skills for media production and evaluate how these skills contributed to creative decision making. Refer to a range of examples in your answer to show how these skills developed over time.<br />Describe the ways in which your production work was informed by research into real media texts and how your ability to use such research for production developed over time.<br />Digital Technology<br />
  7. 7. 1(a) Examiner Advice<br />Strong answers have a range of specific examples.<br />Weaker answers are descriptive.<br />Technical and conceptual terminology needed<br />Evaluation and critical reflection on your work is needed.<br />There needs to be a sense of progression over your A Level – Journey.<br />
  8. 8. Examiner’s Checklist for 1(a)<br />Creative decision making <br />Process <br />Progress over time <br />Specific examples <br />Reflection on own development <br />It’s about the Candidate <br />
  9. 9. 1(a) Production Terminology<br />Production Terminology: <br />Moving image<br />Print <br />Conceptual Terminology:<br />Encoding, preferred reading, signifier, signified, polysemy/polysemic, narrative codes.<br />Link to key terms from theoretical areas (representation, audience, narrative, genre, media language)<br />What key terms will you be able to use in your answer?<br />
  10. 10. 1(a)<br />Discuss AS and A2 coursework<br />Reflection<br />Progress<br />Range of specific, relevant and clear examples from your coursework<br />Terminology – technical and conceptual<br />This question is worth 25 marks. You should spend 30 minutes answering it.<br />
  11. 11. 1(b)<br />In this question you will be asked to apply one of the following theoretical concepts to either your AS or A2 coursework:<br />Representation<br />Audience<br />Narrative<br />Genre<br />Media Language<br />For this question you choose either your AS or A2 coursework to discuss.<br />
  12. 12. 1(b) Past Questions<br />Analyse media representation in one of your coursework productions.<br />Analyse one of your coursework productions in relation to genre.<br />Analyse one of your coursework productions in relation to narrative.<br />
  13. 13. 1(b) Examiner’s Advice<br />Stronger answers do 3 things well:<br />Outline the concept for discussion with reference to relevant theorists<br />Apply these ideas to a range of specific elements from your coursework<br />Discuss how well the concept/theories relate to your product<br />Poor answers will lack reference to theory and specific answers.<br />Choice of text is important.<br />
  14. 14. 1(b) Examiner’s Checklist<br />Showing understanding of the concept (ideally with references/quotations) <br />Applying the concept <br />Textual analysis of the work (ONE PRODUCTION) using the concept <br />It’s about the work. <br />
  15. 15. 1(b) Terminology<br />What key terms can you think of in relation to each of the conceptual areas:<br />Representation<br />Audience<br />Narrative<br />Genre<br />Media Language<br />
  16. 16. 1(b) Terminology<br />Representation – visual pleasure, object/subject of the gaze, objectification, signs, signifier, signified, polysemy/polysemic, hyperreality, simulation, simulacra.<br />
  17. 17. 1(b) Terminology<br />Audience – encoding, decoding, dominant, negotiated, oppositional, socio-cultural context, reception, uses and gratifications, surveillance, escapism, personal identity/ relationships, cultivation theory, hypodermic model, passive audience/active audience<br />
  18. 18. 1(b) Terminology<br />Narrative – character types, hero, villain, princess, etc., equilibrium, disequilibrium, resolution, binary oppositions, narrative codes, action, enigma, semic, symbolic, cultural.<br />
  19. 19. 1(b) Terminology<br />Genre – convention, iconography, codes, product differentiation, capitalist, systems of expectation and intelligibility, socio-cultural, myths, genre supervises the relationship between producer and audience<br />
  20. 20. 1(b) Media Language<br />Production Terminology - effect of technical choices<br />Print Media<br />Moving Image<br />Use of genre conventions<br />Use of narrative structures/codes<br />Encoding of meaning<br />
  21. 21. 1(b) Terminology<br />You may be able to link terminology from other concepts into your discussion, e.g.:<br />Encoding of representations<br />Use of iconography to encode meaning, and communicate narrative information<br />Use of character types in representation<br />Etc.<br />
  22. 22. 1(b)<br />Understanding of concept<br />Relate concept to examples from your coursework<br />Range of specific, clear relevant examples<br />Use conceptual language throughout<br />Reference to theorists<br />Evaluation of usefulness of concept/theory to your production<br />This question is worth 25 marks. You should spend 30 minutes answering it.<br />
  23. 23. Section B: Media and Collective Identity<br />You answer one question from Section B.<br />You are doing the Media and Collective Identity topic. <br />You choose one of the two questions to answer.<br />Do not answer more than one question for Section B.<br />Only do the Media and Collective Identity topic.<br />You need to spend 1 hour on this question.<br />
  24. 24. Section B Theorists<br />
  25. 25. Section B Theorists<br />
  26. 26. Section B – Media and Collective Identity<br />In this section you will be asked to discuss the representation of a social group (young people) in relation to one of these areas:<br />How do the contemporary media represent groups of people in different ways?<br />How does contemporary representation compare to previous time periods? <br />What are the social implications of different media representations of groups of people? <br />To what extent is human identity increasingly ‘mediated’? <br />
  27. 27. Collective Identity Examiner’s Advice<br />Stronger answers were able to explain 2 or 3 theoretical ideas about the relationship between identity and media and apply these to a range of examples.<br />Top level answers engaged critically with the theories – either arguing for or against their validity with reference to examples.<br />Link theory to specific examples from texts<br />Relate your answer to the specifics of the question.<br />
  28. 28. Collective Identity Examiner’s Advice<br />You must refer to at least two types of media (e.g. Film and television). If you only refer to one type of media you won’t be able to achieve above a Level 1 (U).<br />You must refer to both the past and give a prediction future. If you don’t you will not be able to achieve above a Level 3 (C/B).<br />The majority of your essay must be about the contemporary texts. Limit your discussion of historical texts to one paragraph.<br />
  29. 29. Theory – Examiner’s Advice<br />When applying theory remember that the theorists are usually not discussing the texts you are talking about. You are applying their ideas to your chosen texts.<br />
  30. 30. Learning adapted to the focus of the question<br />Clear argument<br />Balance of theory, texts, personal engagement<br />Terminology<br />
  31. 31. Terminology?<br />What key terms can you think of for this section?<br />
  32. 32. Section B Terminology<br />Hegemony, hegemonic values, dominant ideology, subculture, style, ideology of protection, folk devils, moral panic, ideological state apparatus, cultivation theory, symbolic violence.<br />
  33. 33. Historical, contemporary, future<br />Most of the essay focused on contemporary<br />At least 2 types of media<br />Terminology<br />Links between theories and texts supported by examples<br />Clear Argument<br />
  34. 34. Time Management<br />You need to spend 1 hour on this question. Most of your time should be spent writing about the contemporary texts.<br />Introduction 5-10 minutes<br />Historical text 5-10 minutes<br />Contemporary Texts 30-40 minutes<br />Conclusion 10 minutes<br />
  35. 35. Conclusion<br />In your conclusion you need to sum up what you have demonstrated in relation to media representations of young people.<br />You need to consider the issue of the relationship between media representations and identity – how does the media effect out understanding of social groups (Gerbner, Gauntlett).<br />You also need to consider how this will develop in the future (e.g. Social networking sites, more power though still limited, e.g. Tuition fees protests).<br />
  36. 36. Review<br />How long is your exam?<br />How many sections?<br />How many questions do you answer in Section A?<br />What topic are you doing in Section B?<br />How many questions do you answer in Section B?<br />What’s 1(a) about?<br />What’s 1(b) about?<br />What’s Section B about?<br />

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