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. 🙂

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. 😉

Priscilla: Quine o’ the Dessert (1)

Nothing posted yesterday — mainly due to a series of unfortunate events that (amongst other things) involved standing in a blizzard at the side of a busy dual carriageway trying to fix the car. Not recommended!

PriscillaRegionOne-FrontCoverLAnyway, this is the first of the Prelim prep/revision posts. Keep your eyes peeled as there will be a few of these over the course of the day. This first one will cover some of the basics you must know. Feel free to post suggestions/ideas/answers/questions/requests for clarification in the comments. I will be online working on this most of the day, so should be able to reply within 30 minutes or so (if I take longer, I’m walking the dog or eating).

SQA Exam: The Basics

When answering, there are some things you must mention…

  1. Know the details of the text… and remember to introduce your chosen abbreviation: The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (PQD), (Australia, 1994) dir: Stephan Elliott.
  2. Mention the genre(s) straight away (i.e.: Primary genre, and I recommend mentioning at least two other genres that PQD could be considered as an example of)
  3. Identify and reference several key scenes in your intro. (You may not have time, or the desire, to write about all of them, but in highlighting them, you are demonstrating your knowledge of the film as a whole)
  4. Remember the importance of using appropriate media specific terminology (e.g.: cultural codes, mis-en-scene, intertextuality, and especially… remember that the SQA’s favourite verb for media is ‘connote’)

What I recommend you do now is take 10 minutes to note down what you would say with regards 2 and 3 above.

The next post will be looking at some of the codes used in the film. (Or more likely, in retrospect, I’ll identify what I think some of the key scenes to be first!)

Later! 😉

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! 🙂