The media plays an important role in our society and as citizens of a democratic country it is important that young people develop critical media literacy.
The media industry, especially film and television is a significant part or our economy, and offers a wide range of career and employment opportunities.
Media Studies Year 10
If you are interested in developing your film-making skills then you should consider Media Studies. This course introduces students to the world of the media and the way people react and interact with film, television and print. The course develops critical thinking and literacy skills that encourage thoughtful engagement with a range of media. A core part of the course is the practical production of short films.
Media Studies Year 11 NCEA Level 1
This course is designed to introduce students to key concepts in media literacy and to provide opportunities for hands-on production of media texts. The course offers a mix of theory and practical credits. Media texts covered will depend on student interest but will include film, television and magazines. Prerequisite: There is no set prerequisite but students need basic literacy skills, an interest in the media and a commitment to learning.
Media Studies Year 12 NCEA Level 2
This course engages students in thinking about how media texts are constructed and how these texts work to shape our perceptions of the world. Students will be involved in an investigation around media representations and will complete a study of a specific genre. Practical film production is a core part of the course and students are expected to plan and produce a short film. Prerequisite: Level 1 Literacy. Students will need competent communication skills, an interest in media texts, and a commitment to learning.
Media Studies Year 13 NCEA Level 3
This course explores the reciprocal relationship between media texts and society. The course includes exploring different readings of media texts, an investigation into issues around media representations in New Zealand and a detailed genre study. Practical film making is a core part of the course, and students are expected to plan and produce a short film that draws attention to an issue or idea of concern.