L2MEDS

Level 2 Media Studies and Film Production

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr B. Morrison

The media is everywhere, feeding us fact and fantasy, ideas and information, truth and lies. Its influence is profound. Media Studies is the study of both the ‘traditional’ media (such as film, television, and magazines) and the ‘newer’ media (such as the internet and electronic games). 

Media Studies seeks to develop an informed and critical understanding of the ways in which the media influence social, political, and economic areas of life, as well as the way they shape our perceptions, attitudes, desires, and behaviour. 



Course Overview

What is taught in courses varies from year to year. This course could include:
This Level 2 course will cover:

1. Studying a character in a film and looking at their journey and growth, why and what motivates them to change, and how this affects an audience. (Study of Short Films)

2. Designing and producing a short film that can be entered into competitions for prizes and awards. (Film/Edit/Dub Music/Special Effects)

3. Students choose their own representation to study, such as: the representation of females in advertising, Donald Trump on social media, Jacinda Ardern on television, Maori in sport, etc.

4. A study of a film genre (Dystopian/End of the World Films, Hunger Games, etc.). We also relate this study to society and make links to how society and the genre have changed due to teen dystopian films and the shift of the genre from film to television. (External Exam)

Recommended Prior Learning

To be accepted for this course students must have earned 15 credits from Level 1 Media Studies, or 14 credits from Level 1 English, or have received HOF approval.

Pathway

Level 2 Media Studies is an ideal subject for those students wanting to pursue a career in film, television, radio, advertising, production, design, and journalism. Also, Media Studies is relevant to students who simply have an interest in the influence media has on our world today.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 14 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91251 v5
NZQA Info
Media Studies 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of an aspect of a media genre
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4w
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91252 v2
NZQA Info
Media Studies 2.5 - Produce a design and plan for a developed media product using a range of conventions
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91253 v3
NZQA Info
Media Studies 2.6 - Complete a developed media product from a design and plan using a range of conventions
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 14
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 14
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

Disclaimer

Please note that courses will go ahead only if student numbers, staffing, and timetabling allow it.  Where a subject is oversubscribed, and there are insufficient numbers or resources to create an extra class, a ballot system may be applied.  

Costs

The Board of Trustees has again asked to opt into the Ministry of Education donation scheme. Doing so resulted in the ability to waive student fee donations. Kaiapoi High School aims to deliver quality educational courses over and above those that which is funded by the Ministry. It is likely the School will opt into the donation scheme for 2023, however parental contribution for the costs of trips and activities where participation is optional, and/or components not covered by the Government grant, may be requested. We appreciate the financial support our families make to the School.