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As Media Studies Exam

  1. 1. AS Media studies exam<br />Lesson Objectives: To prepare for the AS Media Studies exam.<br />
  2. 2. Format of the Exam<br />
  3. 3. Exam Format<br />The exam is 2 hours long.<br />There are two sections to the exam:<br />Section A: TV Drama<br />Section B: Institutions and Audiences<br />You will be shown the unseen TV Drama extract 4 times.<br />You will then have an hour and a half to answer the two questions.<br />This means you should spend 45 minutes on each question.<br />
  4. 4. Section A: TV Drama<br />
  5. 5. Section A: TV Drama<br />The question will specify that you analyse the representation of one of the following social groups:<br />Gender<br />Age<br />Sexuality<br />Ethnicity<br />Social class and status<br />Ability/disability<br />Regional Identity<br />Make sure you understand what each social group refers to.<br />How can the four technical aspects be used to represent each of these technical areas?<br />
  6. 6. Section A: TV Drama<br />You will be shown the extract 4 times, and can make notes after the first screening.<br />You need to use the screenings to identify a wide range of specific examples of how the specified social group is represented through:<br />Camerawork<br />Editing<br />Sound<br />Mise-en-scene<br />Make sure you know the key terms for each of the technical areas?<br />How can each technical area be used to construct representations?<br />
  7. 7. Section A: TV Drama<br />Writing your answer:<br />You don’t need an introduction or conclusion for this section – just get straight onto your analysis.<br />Your essay should consist of detailed analysis of how representations are constructed through each of the technical areas.<br />Remember to have a range of examples from all four technical areas.<br />Use terminology accurately and consistently.<br />Use specific examples.<br />Explain the effect of each example, and relate this to the representation of the specified social group.<br />
  8. 8. Section B: Institutions and Audiences<br />
  9. 9. Section B: Institutions and ...<br />Both sections of the exam are worth 50 marks each.<br />Remember to leave yourself enough time to complete the Section B question.<br />You should spend around 45 minutes on each question.<br />
  10. 10. Section B<br />You could be asked a question on one or more of the following areas:<br />Production<br />Distribution<br />Marketing<br />Exchange<br />
  11. 11. You may have to draw on your knowledge of:<br />the issues raised by media ownership in contemporary media practice;<br />the importance of cross media convergence and synergy in production, distribution and marketing;<br />the technologies that have been introduced in recent years at the levels of production, distribution, marketing and exchange;<br />the significance of proliferation in hardware and content for institutions and audiences;<br />the importance of technological convergence for institutions and audiences;<br />the issues raised in the targeting of national and local audiences (specifically, British) by international or global institutions;<br />the ways in which the candidates’ own experiences of media consumption illustrate wider patterns and trends of audience behaviour.<br />
  13. 13. Answering Section B<br />Make sure your answer is relevant to the specifics of the question.<br />Use specific examples from the case studies.<br />Develop a clear argument about effects/benefits/disadvantages to film studios and film audiences.<br />Relate your answer to your own experience as a consumer.<br />
  14. 14. Answering Section B<br />Introduction – state focus, case studies, and your argument.<br />In the main body of the essay discuss the implications to films studios and audiences of the specified issue – support this with reference to the Disney and Film 4 case studies.<br />Conclusion – sum up your argument. Consider how this relates to your experience as a consumer.<br />
  15. 15. Exam<br />Answer both questions.<br />Give yourself enough time to answer both questions (even if you find Section B deeply distressing).<br />Use specific examples.<br />Use terminology.<br />Make sure you answer the question you are asked.<br />
  16. 16. Revision<br />Don’t forget lots of resources for this exam are on the blog:<br /><br />
  17. 17. Revision Activity – TV Drama<br />Camerawork<br />Editing<br />Sound<br />Mise-en-scene<br />Gender<br />Ethnicity<br />Sexuality<br />Regional identity<br />Social class and status<br />Ability/disability<br />Age<br />Terminology, effect, what to focus on.<br />How can these social groups be represented through the four technical areas?<br />
  18. 18. Revision Activity - Institutions<br />PRODUCTION<br />DISTRIBUTION<br />MARKETING<br />EXCHANGE<br />MEDIA OWNERSHIP<br />TECHNOLOGY<br />PROLIFERATION<br />Note down:<br /><ul><li>Key terms
  19. 19. Key points
  20. 20. Questions and Answers</li>