Media Studies Level 3

L3MDS
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr J. Hickey

Recommended Prior Learning

An advantage would be if students had a good knowledge of the following:

Camera Shots, Shot Framing and Camera Angles in Film Studies standards in English from Year 8-Year 12 as this will come in handy when completing AS3.5 and AS3.6 which is planning a short film in a group and then shooting the film of approximately 8 minutes in length. This takes an entire term but makes up over half of the internal credits on offer.



Level 3 Media Studies

The media surrounds and influences all aspects of our lives. It is playing an increasingly central role in the lives of young people. Studying media and how it works, as well as learning how to use it to effectively communicate new ideas are crucial to all 21st-century young adults. 



Students will be offered the following internal standards: (the equivalent assessments will be on offer at Level 2 in 2023) 

AS3.3 (91492): Demonstrate understanding of the media representation of a DISADVANTAGED GROUP or OTHER GROUP in NZ culture or society.(3 credits) 

They must be able to understand the media and not just take it on face value but to be able to ask critical questions about how groups are represented and whether they think it is a correct representation or not.  

AS 3.2 (91491) Demonstrate the understanding of the meaning of a media text through different readings (3 credits)

In this course they also must be able to view a film and have the ability to look through different lenses and comment on how themes are communicated about groups, gender, politics, religion and numerous other issues and how this perspective affects wider society. 

AS 3.5 (91494): Produce a design for a media product that meets the requirements of a brief- (4 credits)

AS3.6 (91495): Produce a media product to meet the requirements of a brief- (6 credits)

Young people also must be able to work in a group and collaborate to reach a desired outcome just like in the media industry. They have a major project of planning a short film and then shooting it in a group to create a horror genre short film which will take an entire term. 

AS 3.7(AS 91496) Demonstrate understanding of a significant development in the media 5 weeks to complete.(3 credits)

They need to be able to identify a significant development in social media. This must be done to highlight how and why a social media platform, app or company has made a  considerable impact on the audience, industry and wider society and what lies in wait for us in the future.

Students will be offered the following external standard:

AS 3.1 (AS 91490) Demonstrate understanding of an aspect of a media industry (4 credits)

The students need to research and prepare for an essay question dealing with an aspect in the media industry. They are advised to use their significant development in AS3.7 as a starting point to prepare for this single external standard.

Level 3:  Media Studies Skills Matrix:
  • Active analysis and creation of the production of media
  • Examine the role media plays in society
  • Examine the ways in which media has/is/could be disseminated and presented to society. 
  • Development of critical thinking and digital literacy and fluency
  • Create a short film incorporating basic visual communication techniques
  • Analyse and chart the change in social media and/or the music industry
  • Write a script and story board for a horror comedy short film

Important: In 2022 this class will be doing its external examinations DIGITALLY but the option to conduct the exam on paper will also be permitted.


Learning Areas:

English



Career Pathways

Graphic Designer, Artist, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Technical Writer, Make-up Artist, Photographer, Television Presenter, Copywriter, Author, Editor, Animator/Digital Artist, Actor, Advertising Specialist, Artistic Director, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Archivist, Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Film/Television Camera Operator, Musician, Radio Presenter, Lighting Technician, Game Developer

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

A device is ideal


Pathway Tags

Graphic Designer, Artist, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Technical Writer, Make-up Artist, Photographer, Television Presenter, Copywriter, Author, Editor, Animator/Digital Artist, Actor, Advertising Specialist, Artistic Director, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Archivist, Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Film/Television Camera Operator, Musician, Radio Presenter, Lighting Technician, Game Developer