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WJEC MEDIA STUDIES A-LEVEL

 

An exciting course that covers a range of media texts and production work.

Course requirements: B grade in English or Media GCSE.

 

All AS and A level specifications in Media Studies are designed to encourage candidates

to:

· enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives

· develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of production skills

· explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts

· become independent in research skills and their application in their production work and in developing their own views and interpretations.

 

AS Course

 

Unit 1: Exam

 

Media Representations and Responses:

 

Three compulsory questions, including one question on unseen audio-visual or print-based material. You will learn a framework for analysing the media and how to explore representations and audience/user responses. You will be encouraged to explore the media through a study of genre, narrative and representation and make connections between the texts and audience/user responses to them eg gender issues in teen films, how ethnicity is represented on TV, how a particular genre such as horror presents different social groups, etc.

 

Unit 2: Media Production Processes

 

Three components: one pre-production, one production which develops from thepre-production and one report on the production process, for example:

 

A storyboard of the trailer for a new BBC1 television crime drama (preproduction) and the trailer for that drama (production)

· A script or shooting script for the opening sequence of a teen horror film (preproduction) and a marketing campaign for a new teen horror film, to include at least the dvd cover and one poster (production)

· Draft designs for two magazine front covers (pre-production) and a double page spread for one of those magazines (production)

· Prototype design for a new website (pre-production) and the completed website consisting of a home page and at least two associated web pages (production).

 

A2 Course

Unit 3:  Media Investigation & Production Coursework

Three components: a written investigation into media text(s) based on one or more of the key media concepts – genre, narrative and/or representation,  a media production and an evaluation of how the production is informed by the investigative research.

 

Examples of investigations include:

· the representation of teenagers in two British films

· the generic similarities between Dr Who and Stargate

 

Unit 4: Exam

Media Text, Industry and Audience

Three questions:

Section A: one question from a choice of two. Section B: two questions from a choice of four. Candidates must answer each question on a different media industry from this selection:

 

· Television

· Radio

· Film

· Music

· Newspaper

· Magazine

· Advertising

· Computer Games