The topic for the 2013 Media Studies examination is TV Drama. This is one of the broadest and subsequently most difficult topics possible so we will need to cover lots of TV genres in class so that we can cover as many potential areas as possible. Remember that the exam will be 2 and a half hours long and you are likely to see an audio visual clip (5mins) at the beginning of the exam, which will be repeated three times. Remember that as part of TV Drama, we know that you will NOT be studying the CRIME GENRE as this will be tested in 2014. Our main focus will be BRITISH TV but given the huge success of American TV Drama (AQT- American Quality Television- Especially work produced by HBO) we will also want to consider these crucial imports.
Overall and based upon the experiences of students over the years, we would suggest the following 10 step approach for preparing for the exam. (40%)
STEP 1- Read your own notes...highlight important notes in bright colours...make notes and shorten onto cards...ask parents/peers to test you...the vocab & theory is KEY...
STEP 2- Use this wiki...read through all the pages...check the notes on the MOCK EXAM (Link to be added later)...try to remember your teacher's voice as you revise. How would they express analysis, concepts etc...
STEP 3- Go to the glossary of terms...general theory...TV theory & terminology...
STEP 4- Revise reception theories...how are texts received by audiences...Uses & Gratifications, Participatory Cultures, Maslow etc
STEP 5- Have 1 or 2 TV dramas analysed in detail and in your notes (Note the use of camera, palette, soundtrack etc)
STEP 6- Choose 1 genre (Costume/Period drama, Medical Drama, Soap Opera, AQT/HBO etc) and revise your notes on sub-genres, the influence of genres, why they are important etc
STEP 7- Be ready to discuss representation...again, have 1 or 2 case studies ready...check out THE FORUMS we ran on this
STEP 8- Choose 1 star and revise how they are marketed and promoted (NOTE: STEPS 4-8 CAN BE ON ONE Or TWO TV DRAMAS ONLY)
STEP 9- Be an expert on one TV related website...practice deconstructing TV related web-pages and apps (Use the glossary to help you)
STEP 10- Design your own TV Drama related homepage and annotate it...read the feedback from your teacher!
Q1- TEXTUAL ANALYSIS OF TV DRAMA
Q2- TV DRAMA GENRES
Q3- REPRESENTATION/NARRATIVE STRUCTURE IN TV DRAMAS
Q4- ADVERTISING & MEDIA CONVERGENCE IN TV DRAMAS
Q5- MAKING A WEB BASED TV DRAMA
May 2012 Y10
December 2012 Y11