Level 1 Media Studies
Teacher in Charge: Mrs L. Chuck
Graduate Profile: (What qualities/additional skills will learners achieve by taking this course?)
Becoming media savvy is an increasingly in-demand skill that our tamariki need for the future. This course aims to examine various types of media including film, magazines, radio, TV, and social media. It is designed to engage students in active exploration and understanding of various types of media around us. It will include examination of media type, purpose, target audiences, as well as a strong focus on critical thinking. Students will be given the opportunity to be critical audiences of various media as well as produce their own media content within the course. The course will be a different area for students to use and expand their literacy skills beyond what is currently offered, as well as encourage creative and critical thinking. It seeks to expand on 21st century skills such as collaboration and project-based learning.
The course is designed to bridge some of the gap between English and Social Studies, at a senior level, without taking away from either subject individually. Most standards are literacy-focussed and as such offer literacy credits (Level 1+) as well as Reading and Writing UE credits at Level 2 (seven Reading; ten Writing).
Possible Career/ Vocational Pathway(s): (What career pathways are related to this course?)
Vocational pathways in relationship to the National Vocational Pathways, in descending order - Creative Industries & Service Industries. Career Pathways are many and varied, as many careers can have a media focus. Examples see pic below.
Direct pathways to universities (as a University approved subject), include Media Studies specifically, as well as virtually any of the humanities or business, with a media focus.
Learning outcomes/Assessment links:
See standards below. Note: Courses are subject to change with the review of courses at the end of each year.
Progression: (What courses does this course lead to?)
Media studies - offered as its own major at University level. Also, a communications degree. Many technical jobs are related, but do not require a degree. Media studies endeavours to give students a solid grounding in many universally applicable skills, such as strong computer literacy, interpersonal skills (required for collaboration that occurs), communication skills, and a creative outlook. These skills can apply in virtually all fields of further study, even if not training in media specifically.
Contextualised contexts: (What local, cultural, real-life content is involved in this course?)
Part of the course is creation of the product - this is most commonly a film, that the students (with some guidance) can choose the topic / context of. This allows students to both work cross-curricularly (for example, teaming up with music for a music video, or Level2+ doing a short documentary) as well as create a context that is important to them.
Teaching and Learning Approaches: (How will I learn in this course?)
Teaching approaches vary depending on the standard. For example, in creation of the product (once students have the design and plan) teaching is largely practical, and some learning by the problems they encounter along the way. For other standards, such as the external, teaching is more ‘traditional’ with students having guided research, writing, and classroom based approaches. It is expected that learning will take place both within the classroom / class time, and outside of it as homework. Most of the learning is digitally based - completion of internal assessments, as well as creation of their product. This includes basic digital literacy such as using the Google Suite, as well as more advanced skills such as photo and movie editing.
Chromebooks - student’s own and/or use of department’s / school-owned chromebooks. Handicams / Video cameras - can use some of the existing school-owned cameras. In some cases students' phones may be suitable for use for development of the product as well. Access to various forms of media; specifically streaming sites (Netflix etc) as well as possibly some social media, news sites (videos and text), blogs, etc. Magazines for use in class. Standard technology for teaching - projector in classroom, Google Drive, etc. Headphones.
Recommended Prior Learning
Students should have Level 1 Literacy skills as a minimum.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 29 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 21 credits.
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Actor, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Sales and Marketing Manager, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artistic Director, 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,