AS Media Studies induction lesson

•   Course overview
•   Blogs and setting one up
•   Coursework unit overview
•   Teen ...
What is Media Studies?
• What are ‘the media’?
   – The term ‘the media’ is an umbrella term for the industries of
     TV...
What is Media Studies?
• Media Studies at A-Level centres around the
    study of 4 key concepts
•   Everything we do in t...
What is Media Studies?
• AS Media Studies
• 2 units – 1 coursework (50%), 1 exam (50%)
• G321 Foundation Portfolio – the p...
OCR A-level Media Studies

• This is a ‘joined up’ course
• What you do at AS has knock on effects
  for A2
• The road to ...
Coursework unit
•   Unit G321 Foundation Portfolio
•   Preliminary filming exercises
•   Teen movie opening sequence produ...
Teen movies – expectations, codes
and conventions
• Key terms – codes, conventions
• Code – something that stands for some...
Teen movies – expectations, codes
and conventions
• Task: What do you think are the codes
 and conventions of teen movies?
Effective opening sequences

• Task – in groups, present to the class your
  ideas about what the ingredients are for a
  ...
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As media studies induction lesson

  1. 1. AS Media Studies induction lesson • Course overview • Blogs and setting one up • Coursework unit overview • Teen movies – expectations/ codes and conventions • Effective opening sequence presentations • Story types • Summer project
  2. 2. What is Media Studies? • What are ‘the media’? – The term ‘the media’ is an umbrella term for the industries of TV, film, newspapers, magazines, internet, radio, videogames – The word ‘media’ is the plural form of medium – For example, TV is a medium of communication where a small group of people can produce a TV programme that is watched by millions – Big Brother, Coronation Street, X-Factor – The technology of being broadcast pictures and sound through radio waves or via satellite or cable, is the medium – the ‘piggy in the middle’ between sender (producer / institution) and receiver (audience) – The media forms listed above are mass media – because they are intended to communicate with great numbers of people. It is these mass media which are the focus of the academic subject of media studies at A-Level and beyond
  3. 3. What is Media Studies? • Media Studies at A-Level centres around the study of 4 key concepts • Everything we do in this subject relates to these 4 key concepts • The 4 key concepts – Media language – Media audiences – Media representations – Media institutions
  4. 4. What is Media Studies? • AS Media Studies • 2 units – 1 coursework (50%), 1 exam (50%) • G321 Foundation Portfolio – the production of the opening sequence to a film, plus evaluation in the form of a blog • G322 Key Media Concepts – 2 sections of work – TV Drama and representation, Audiences & Institutions • A2 Media Studies – 2 more units – coursework and exam, but harder still…
  5. 5. OCR A-level Media Studies • This is a ‘joined up’ course • What you do at AS has knock on effects for A2 • The road to the final exam starts today • June 2010 question : 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.
  6. 6. Coursework unit • Unit G321 Foundation Portfolio • Preliminary filming exercises • Teen movie opening sequence production • Thriller opening sequence production • Evaluations on blogs • 1 session per week from September – April • Minimum target for all – grade B
  7. 7. Teen movies – expectations, codes and conventions • Key terms – codes, conventions • Code – something that stands for something else, e.g. M8 = Mate • TV / Film – black clothes / facial hair – code for villain • Convention – codes repeated so often that they become part of our expectations for that genre • E.g. – in teen movies, teens are cool adults are stupid
  8. 8. Teen movies – expectations, codes and conventions • Task: What do you think are the codes and conventions of teen movies?
  9. 9. Effective opening sequences • Task – in groups, present to the class your ideas about what the ingredients are for a good opening sequence t for a teen movie • Refer to the extracts watched and also other teen films you know

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