Level 3 Media Studies / Journalism
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 how our perceptions, attitudes, desires, and behaviour are shaped.
What is taught in courses varies from year to year. This course could include:
This Level 3 course will cover:
1. Students will design, write and create a four-page magazine feature article. In a portfolio worth 13 credits, students brainstorm, interview, photograph and write content before using Indesign to create a colourful and cohesive magazine spread.
2. Students will look at the misrepresentation of African Americans in horror films and relate this to society. Looking at the “Black Lives Matter” movement, racism in American society, and the change in the role of black actors from victims to heroes.
3. Possible visit to Gloriavale Christian Community to view their culture first hand.
Recommended Prior Learning
To be accepted for this course students must have earned a minimum of 14 credits from L2 Media Studies or L2 English. Students must also have passed at least one external standard in either of these two subjects or have received HOF approval.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 17 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 13 credits.
Approved subject for University Entrance
Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 17
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.
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.