Level 2 Media Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr B. Morrison

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.

From television to cinema, radio to podcasts, social media to blogs and vlogs, and everything in between – media studies plays a big part of our every day. And it’s never been so relevant than in the internet age, where actors, singers, and personalities can make their own celebrity online using their media skills. As technology, creativity, and competition increases, these skills become more in demand all over the world.

Media studies will equip you with the communication and technology skills needed to succeed in the modern workplace, whether in the media industry or not. Whether you choose to pursue a career in film and television, fight for your own fame, or take your skills into business – you’ll be well equipped for what the modern workplace is looking for.

Education Pathways: University, New Zealand Broadcasting School, Wintec, Aria Institute of Canterbury. Yoobee College of Creative Innovation.

Career Pathways: Broadcasting, Public Relations, Law, Journalism, Event Management, Teaching, Social Media Manager, Marketing Manager, Media Consultant.

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.
(This uses your observation, analytical, and writing skills. These are skills employers are consistently looking for)

2. In small groups of your choice, or individually, choose a media product to design and make. This could be any media product of your choice. Ideas could include a short film, YouTube channel, podcast, instructional video, magazine spread, website design, music video etc. This is worth 10 credits.
(This uses skills of collaboration and group work, design, and imagination. These are vital skills that are transferable to any employment, and skills that employers are demanding in a modern world)

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.
(This also uses your observation, analytical, writing skills, as well as research skills)

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. This is due to teen dystopian films and the shift of the genre from film to television. (External Exam)


The Arts


Level 3 Classical Studies, Level 3 Journalism, Level 3 Media Studies

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.

Career Pathways

Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Film and Video Editor, Animator/Digital Artist, Graphic Designer, Editor, Radio Presenter, Film/Television Camera Operator, Barrister, Solicitor, Psychologist, Early Childhood Teacher, Primary School Teacher, Author, Journalist, Technical Writer, Marketing Specialist, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Sales and Marketing Manager, Communications Professional, Event Manager, Personal Assistant