For Your Consideration…

I’ll just leave this reminder here for you from the SQA Mark Scheme for the 2015 Higher Media paper. It may help you focus on headings to think about… 😉

Candidates are expected to:

Question 1 

a)

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of language technical codes and/or cultural codes and/or anchorage as appropriate to the referenced content
  • give specific and valid exemplification of the referenced language concepts from at least one example of media content
  • make points which analyse the relationship between the language concepts and meaning

b)

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of categories and/or narrative and/or representation as appropriate to the referenced content
  • give specific and valid exemplification of the selected key aspect concept(s) from at least one example of media content
  • make points which analyse the relationship between the selected concepts and meaning

If categories is chosen, relevant concepts include: purpose, genre, tone and style.
If narrative is chosen, relevant concepts include: structures, codes and conventions.
If representation is chosen, relevant concepts include: representations, selection and portrayal, ideological discourses.

c)

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of target audience and mode of address and/or preferred reading and/or differential decoding, as appropriate to the referenced content
  • give specific and valid exemplification of the referenced audience concepts from at least one example of media content
  • make points which analyse the relationship between audience response and how key aspects are used

Question 2

Candidates must discuss the role of media referenced in the question. They are expected to:

  • make points that communicate ideas and information on the role of media. These points can include relevant issues, facts, perspectives or theoriesany valid point should be accepted if it is relevant to the question
  • make points of discussion which debate two sides of an argument, offer critical comment or develop a line of argument/opinion
  • draw at least one conclusion which provides a judgment in relation to terms of the question, connected to the evidence presented, and provide reasons

I’ll be about tomorrow if you want to look in when you’d normally have media. 🙂

A Little Light Reading…

Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 13.54.36You may wish to read up a little more on this:

And I’ll leave you with this, the opening statement from the wikipedia entry:

Sexuality in music videos has become more widespread since the 1980s. Because of its commercial function, music videos must attract the audience’s attention and convey a message quickly. The sexual attraction provides a means of both drawing attention and conveying a message quickly.

(PS: I may be pointing out the obvious, but music videos as we understand them did not exist before the 1980s… but that should not detract from the point it is making)

 

 

Brace Yourselves…

Just a quick update to let you know that my course was really useful and has given me lots of great ideas and resources to help you prepare for the prelim. I have this sneaking suspicion you’re going to enjoy it.

Tomorrow (Friday) is SQA day and, as promised, will make sure you’ll be as ready for the prelim and exam as it is possible to be. I know I don’t often say this (Aye, right!) but I’m really excited about what we’ll be doing. 🙂

Hopefully, you are getting on well with your filming, and I’ll see you on Monday with some cracking things to share with you.

Till then…

Mr W would like to apologise for appropriating a meme... but you know he won't. 😉
Mr W would like to apologise for appropriating a meme… but you know he won’t. 😉

And The Winner Is…

GOLDEN GLOBE PRELIMWell done for completing your prelim. I’m taking a quick look at them at the moment (some really interesting answers spotted already… and yes, I do mean ‘interesting’ in a good way!) and will be attacking them over the weekend.

For those who are worried about whether you have done well or not, don’t be. Prelims are about giving you the experience of sitting a formal exam as much as they are about giving you the opportunity to show off a bit. Or, in some cases, a lot.

To use a film analogy (and why not), the prelim is a Golden Globe compared to the final exam’s Oscar: it’s nice to get one, but everyone knows the Oscar is the one that matters. 😉

Good news, everyone!

Professor-Farnsworth

Your prelim will be a 1 hour Exam on The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

It’ll be at 2pm on Thursday 22nd January in the Hall.

I’ll post some a lot of notes for you over the weekend, and make sure you get the handouts from me next Monday (yes, they will be posted here as well). I strongly recommend you try to view the film again between now and the exam. I’m happy to arrange a screening for you over a 2 or 3 lunchtimes next week. I’m sure you’ll do well… especially once we’ve had a couple of revision sessions in class.

Yay… game on! 🙂