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Media - A2 at St Anne's Catholic High School for Girls

Course description

This course offers both a theoretical and practical approach to Media Studies and New Media. You will explore: Textual analysis, Media industries, Practical Production work and Critical Perspectives. How is this qualification assessed? To gain an A-level pass in this subject you will need to have studied for and been assessed on your performance in the four compulsory units, two of which are coursework based and represent 50% of the total A Level, the other 50% are externally assessed examinations. The assessment units for AS are G321: Foundation Portfolio in Media This unit requires you to engage with contemporary media technologies, giving you the opportunity for development of skills in these technologies. You will produce two paired media artefacts from a series of briefs. This includes the effective use of video to produce the titles and opening of a new fiction film, to last a maximum of two minutes. G322: Key Media Concepts (TV Drama) You will gain an understanding of textual analysis, representation, institutions and audiences. The examination is two hours and you are required to answer two compulsory questions. One question will analyse a sequence that will be taken from a contemporary British one-off series or serial drama. The other question will be based upon a case study of a specific media industry such as: Film. The Assessment Units for A2 are: G324: Advanced Portfolio in Media The unit requires you to engage with contemporary media technologies, giving you the opportunity to develop your own skills in these technologies. It also enables you to develop the skills of presentation that are required for further study at higher levels and in the workplace. This is a coursework unit. From the brief, you will produce: 1. A media portfolio, comprising main and ancillary texts; 2. A presentation of your research, planning and evaluation in electronic format. The media portfolio will be produced through a combination of two or more of the following media: • Video • Print • Web-based • Games software The presentation of the research, planning and evaluation may take the form of any of the following: • A presentation using slideshow software such as Powerpoint; • A blog or website; • A podcast; • A DVD with 'extras'. G325: Critical Perspectives This unit assesses your knowledge and understanding of media concepts, contexts and critical debates, through your understanding of one contemporary media issue and your ability to evaluate your own practical work in reflective and theoretical ways. You will answer two compulsory questions. The first requires you to describe and evaluate your skills development over the course of your production work, from Foundation Portfolio to Advanced Portfolio. The second asks you to identify one production and evaluate it in relation to one theoretical concept. Concepts include: Genre, Narrative, Representation, Audience and Media language.

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 15 March 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year