Narrative, style and genre AOS 1 – Unit 2

Narrative, style and genre

Unit 2 – Area of study 1

In this area of study we focus on learning the following dot points:

• How narratives construct realities and meaning for audiences.
• The personal and distinctive style of media creators and producers in constructing narratives.
• Manipulation of media codes and conventions in the construction of narratives.
• Personal values and their relationship to individual interest and engagement in narratives in different media forms.
• Audience engagement, consumption and reception and their influence on the construction of narratives. Individual characteristics of audience.
• Students must study two narratives in different media forms.

By the end of this area of study you should be able to Analyse these dot points.

From the study design

In this area of study students explore and examine how narratives construct realities and meaning for audiences.
Narratives are constructed and shaped referencing a rich production history. This includes the personal and
distinctive style of media professionals who play leading roles in the construction of the narrative, the selection and
manipulation of media codes and conventions that stem from a range of cultures and histories, and the influence
and constraints of contextual factors affecting the creation, construction and distribution of the narrative.

Notions of audience, engagement, consumption and reception play a key role in understanding how a narrative
is formed. Audiences are able to articulate their personal preferences in the type/s of narratives they engage with,
consume and read. These preferences are related to the construction of narratives. Students study at least two
narratives in two different media forms to gain an understanding of the construction of narrative.

Key knowledge

• the development and communication of a distinctive style by media creators and producers in the construction
of narratives in different media forms
• the manipulation of media codes and conventions by media creators and producers in the construction of
narratives in different media forms
• the influences of historical and cultural context on the construction of narratives in different media forms
• the influences of institutional, economic, social and/or political factors and constraints on the work of media
professionals
• notions of audience and engagement and how these influence the construction, production, distribution,
consumption and reception of narratives
• the influence of narratives on audience engagement, consumption and reception in different media forms
• media language.

Key skills

• analyse the distinctive style of media creators and producers in different media forms
• analyse the structure of narratives in different media forms
• analyse the influences of historical and cultural context on the construction of narratives in different media
forms
• analyse the influences of institutional, economic, social and/or political factors and constraints on the work of
media creators and producers in different media forms
• analyse and reflect on they way personal values relate to individual interest and engagement in narratives in
different media forms
• analyse the influence of narratives on audience engagement, consumption and reception in different media
forms
• use media language.