Level 3 Media Studies
Contact Person: A. Hickman
Year 13 Media Studies
This course is half theory and half production; students explore media concepts, produce a documentary and write a feature article. They have access to excellent film equipment and editing software and have the opportunity to screen their films at the Briefs Student Film Festival and to publish their writing. The course content is flexible and optional research Achievement Standards are available.
THE SAMPLER - The Documentary Film Genre
• Documentary styles, conventions, viewings and alternative readings
MEET THE BRIEF: Design a 4-5 Min Documentary Film
• Doco filming and editing workshop
• Pitch film ideas
• Begin work on a detailed film concept, treatment and pre-production materials
• Start production (filming)
SHOOT & EDIT - Produce a Short Documentary Film
• Film and edit a 4-5 minute documentary to screen at BRIEFS
• NB At this stage you may decide to not produce a film and to instead work on media research or a feature article
DARK DAYS - Film Noir (or other) Genre
• In this film study we view classic noir films from the 1940s and 50s & more recent neo noir films. You produce an essay in which you discuss when and why these dark films emerge. This study of (largely American) history and noir style elements is fascinating. It also develops your critical thinking around how media and society are related.
INTERNAL SCHOOL EXAM (Genre topic)
BRIEFS FILM FESTIVAL, REVISION AND EXAM
Contributions and Equipment
$20.00 for technical support and equipment.
Students should have their own Class 10, 16GB SD card and an external hard drive for film making.
Class 10 SD cards can be purchased at school for $15.00.
Preference is given to students who have successfully completed 12MST and/or a minimum of 12 credits in 12ENG.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 16 credits.
Approved subject for University Entrance
Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 20
Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.
Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Entertainer, Film/Television Camera Operator, Journalist, Communications Professional, Editor, Make-up Artist, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Media Producer, Production Assistant Film, Television Presenter, Marketing Specialist, Actor, Copywriter, Sales and Marketing Manager, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), social development research, journalist, television presenter, lawyer, teaching, film director, political researcher, director, film critic, reporter,
Courses are based on student choice, so some courses may not run.