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Media and Film Studies

Media Theory: the One-Day Crash Course

Course tutor: Julian McDougall Friday 24th June Course no: 886. £225.

Why should you attend? Are you struggling to absorb and keep up with the media theories students need to know about? Confused about which theoretical ideas are essential for A Level Media? Or are you an English teacher new to Media Studies with no time to‘cram’the reading? This one- day‘crash course’will provide a basic theoretical toolkit for A Level Media teaching in a friendly and supportive context.You will be given guidance on the key theoretical ideas, copies of key readings to take away and exemplar teaching activities to help pitch the theories to a suitable level and to dierentiate.

What will the course cover?

  • A chronological route through the theories that would be covered on a Media Studies degree course.

  • Basic theories of audience, genre and reception.

  • The more complex and recent debates around‘Media 2.0’and post-modern identity.

  • Reading, resources, links and classroom activities to help you to apply the ideas in accessible ways with your own students.

NB: This is a repeat of a course held in Autumn 2010.

In Autumn 2011 we will run a follow-on course dedicated to new classroom approaches to applying A Level theory in practice.

Julian McDougall is Head of Creative Arts, Reader in Media Education, and PGCE Course Leader at Newman University College, Birmingham. He is an A2 Principal examine , author of many A Level Media text- books, and co-editor of the Media Education Research Journal.

Excellent range of recommended resources, concepts clearly explaine , creative and exciting ideas for helping students access


Carlene Barnett, Twynham School, on ‘Media Theory: the One Day Crash Course’with Julian McDougall.

A Beginner’s Guide to Getting the Most from the OCR Media Studies A Level Specication

Course tutor: Pete Fraser Friday 8th July Course no: 890. £225.

Why should you attend? The OCR Media Studies A Level invites fresh thinking to classroom practice and includes some radically dierent approaches to the subject.This course will explore a route through the course that encourages creative, collaborative, reective work.The day will be organised so that participants can debate the issues, explore the top- ics and discuss forward planning condently, with activities which can be transferred to the classroom and resources on disk and online for you to use back at school or college.

What will the course cover?

  • Ways through the four-unit specification.

  • Tackling the topics.

  • Examples of student work on DVD and new assessment practices.

  • New strategies for organising the new curriculum.

Pete Fraser was for many years Head of Media at Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge and is now a senior examine , researche , author of Pete’s Media Blog for ‘MediaMagazine’ and a freelance CPD provider.

The entire day was really helpful and engaging. I am no longer terried about next year – the fear has transformed into excitement. Thank you!

Charis Creber, Priory C of E School, on‘A Fresh Look at the New OCR Media Studies A Level Specication’with Pete Fraser.


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