Level 3 Media Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs C. Naughton

Recommended Prior Learning

Recommended Prior Learning: Level 2 Media Studies, but not compulsory.

If you're a creative student who enjoys watching and analysing films as well as engaging with other media then Media Studies will appeal to you. If you like writing, design, photography, animation or making films and like to debate what you see in the media, you will also enjoy this subject.

Media Studies is a blend of theory and practical production. During this course you will design and create your own media product (either a short documentary for our local film festival or a feature article). You will also study a feature film from a variety of different perspectives, study the portrayal of people in the media and examine the documentary film genre and its close relationship with society. You will also have the opportunity to do Scholarship Media. 

This course will develop both your critical thinking skills and media production skills.

There is the opportunity for students to explore the New Zealand film industry through our Wellington trip. We look at news coverage in the Media room at Parliament, have hands on experience in a live TV studio at Capital E and get to see the props and costumes used in well-known films at Weta Workshop.

Course Overview

Term 1
An understanding of how we read texts
3.2 - Demonstrate understanding of the meaning of a media text through different readings [3 credits, Internal]

This achievement standard requires students to close read a directors’ work and explain the meaning of a film through different readings. Different readings involve interpreting the text from different perspectives or theoretical viewpoints in order to understand a possible meaning. Perspectives or viewpoints may include: genre, technical, cultural, psychological, political, historical, sociological, etc.

Students will choose their director and will be given time in class to write and receive feedback on their reports. The report may also be worked on outside of class time but for authenticity purposes most of this assessment must not be completed unsupervised. To achieve with merit students will show in-depth understanding which involves analysing the effect of different readings of a media text. To achieve with excellence students will show perceptive understanding which involves evaluating the significance of the effect of different readings for the text and/or society. This significance may include aesthetic, social, cultural, political, historical, economic, technological, or ideological considerations.

Term 2
Short film Production: documentary
Produce a media product to meet the requirements of a brief.
Credits: 6

What is the focus of the standard?
To produce a media product involves using production technology and media conventions with control to meet the requirements of a brief. Students have created the design and plan for this assessment in AS 91494. Both standards are submitted for final grade at the same time as both must show reflection and refinement of ideas.

Students will continue to work in groups that designed the production. It is imperative that the students make good choices with their production team. In the production phase all students will show involvement in the filming, direction and editing of the film. It is important that all aspects of the production are shared evenly and that production roles are accounted for.

The Media Studies department has limited equipment for loan on a short (usually overnight) loan system, where possible students will find it easier to use their own cameras.

What can parents do to help?
Obtain a copy of the film’s production schedule and put it somewhere obvious. Allow students to use houses/offices/gardens as locations. Get students to keep you up to date with their progress and make sure they are not falling behind.

It is intended that the films will be shown at the Briefs Film Festival/competition later in the year. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the films on the big screen to an invited audience at the Suter.

Term 3
Demonstrate understanding of an aspect of NZ Culture or Society
Assessment: AS91495
Credits: 3

What is the focus of the standard?
This activity requires students to create a multi-media presentation that examines the media representation of Kiwi identity.
This individual assessment activity will take place over three weeks of in-class and out-of-class time.

Term 4
Genre Study: Social Issue Documentary
Demonstrate understanding of a relationship between a media genre and society.
Credits: 4 (External Examination)

What is the focus of the standard?
Like previous years the study of a film genre is a very important and interesting part of the course. In this standard students are asked to demonstrate understanding of the relationship between a film genre and society.

To gain this standard, the students need to demonstrate an understanding which involves analysing a relationship between a media genre and society by explaining its impact on the genre and/or society. An impact may be social, cultural, political, historical, economic, technological, or ideological.

What do we need to do in this standard?
• Define the genre and important characteristics.
• Define the society (specific time and place) that film noir sprung from (40s America)
• Explain, analyse and evaluate the impact society had on the film noir genre.

Learning Areas:

English, Media Studies

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Approximate cost is $380 for the optional, 3 day Wellington trip