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  • 1. A2 Media Studies 2009-2010 MEST 3 and MEST 4 Course Outline
  • 2. How will work be assessed? • MEST 3 = 50% this is an examined unit in June • MEST 4 = 50% this is a coursework component comprised of a critical investigation and a linked production piece reflecting your research
  • 3. A2 media studies requires you to: • Engage with media debates and issues • Understand and utilise media theories • Understand the significance of the context in which media texts are produced and consumed • Undertake independent learning, research and production
  • 4. MEST 3 • Assessment Objectives: • AO1 – Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of media concepts, contexts and critical debates • AO2 – Apply knowledge and understanding when analysing media products and processes (and evaluating own practical work) to show how meanings and responses are created.
  • 5. MEST 3 – what you will do • This is a synoptic unit • The exam is two parts: • Section A two unseen media texts which act as a stimulus for three short answer questions • Section B you will write one essay question from a range of options drawing upon case studies taught and of your own
  • 6. MEST 4 Research and Production • This involves a critical investigation into a theme or text in some depth – 2000 words • You will create a linked media production which should reflect the research and critical investigation • These will be marked as two separate pieces but the relationship between the two must be clear
  • 7. Overview • The year will be based around three main areas: coursework, pre-set topic area examination and unseen comparative examination
  • 8. • Over the year you will also learn and discuss:  Media issues and debates e.g. reality TV, media effects… What other areas do you think are up for debate?  Media theories e.g. Semiotics, Marxism, Postmodernism  Approach texts critically – exploring concepts, contexts and issues. What do you think ‘contexts’ might mean?  Approach topics critically e.g. Audience, Genre, Representations
  • 9. Today until the summer holidays! • You will learn research skills, presentation skills and complete a practise critical investigation and a linked production piece • You will leave this term with a solid idea for your own coursework and a plan of research to be carried out over the summer • You will also begin debating issues and consider texts over the platforms
  • 10. Task - Reality TV • Consider your viewing and/or knowledge of The Apprentice or Big Brother • Discuss with the person next to you the programmes and make notes under the following headings: • The Genre – note the codes and conventions • The Narrative – how is it structured?
  • 11. • Platforms • Audience – patterns of consumption, target audience? • Ideology – what dominant ideology does the premise of the shows adhere to? • Representation – how are presenters/candidates represented? • Debates: Audience consumer/producer? • Voyeurism • Uses and Gratification