Lesson ObjectivesTo know: How the AS Level in Media is assessed.To understand: What Section A of the AS examinationentails.To learn: Some key terms that will be helpful inpreparing for the AS exam in January.
The AS exam - Section AInvolves studying the key concepts of Media Languageand Representation.You’ll watch a short extract from a TV Drama (4 times)and be asked to write about the ways in which thetechnical codes (media language) have been used toconstruct a particular representation of groups ofpeople.
The AS exam - Section AThe question doesn’t really change all that much andwill look very similar to this:Discuss the ways in which ________________ isrepresented in the extract through the:Camera shot, movement, angle and composition.Editing.Sound.Mise-en-scene.
The AS exam - Section AWhat will change is the underlined bit. There are 7possible focii for the clip:Gender / Age / Ethnicity / Sexuality / Regional Identity /Disability and Physical ability / Social Class and status.We won’t know what the focus will be so will preparefor all of them.
The AS exam - Section AThere are however some things that we do know...The 4 technical codes won’t change.You will have to write about representation.It will be a piece of TV Drama (this is important!).
TaskLook at the TV listings - how many different types ofprogramme can you identify?
TaskHow are you grouping the programmes together? Whatenables you to do this?
TaskHow might what we have just done help in terms ofpreparing for the January exam?