Media Studies L3

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Achievement Standards for MED3

What should I have already achieved?

At least 14 credits in NCEA level 2 Media Studies, English or History is recommended as best preparation. It is a course heavily focused on development and polishing of video production skills. Discuss with Mr Johnson if you have questions about the suitability of your prior learning and skills.

What will I learn?

Level 3 Media Studies is about "The Making of Cool". Trends are driven by film and media, and media makers play a crucial role in making the audience's perceptions about reality, and what is cool, and what's not.

The course is heavily focused on development of a polished, developed short film, over two terms. You will build on skills gained from across your subjects in your twelve years of school experience: knowledge of film and media genres, storytelling, project management, teamwork, planning, design, and more.

After learning about neo-noir detective and crime films, you will come up with an idea for your own short film. You will script, plan, and develop your film idea. Groups will then pick their favourite designs and make those films, for exhibition to the school.

You will learn about changes and developments in the today's fast-moving world of Media, and how audiences interpret media texts in different ways, and why they argue about them. The year finishes with an in-depth genre study on the ever changing nature of Science Fiction film and how it reflects the fears of the society in which it is made.

A BYOD device capable of running the Adobe CC suite (either Windows or Apple Mac) is strongly recommended.

How will this course be assessed?

There is the opportunity to be assessed against 16-17 internal credits and 4 external credits in this course.

Will there be any FAO? (Further Assessment Opportunities)

Due to the amount of content in the year, there are no opportunities to achieve through a further assessment opportunity on any of these assessments.

What are the course costs?

$10 for 1-year licence for Adobe CC suite.

Optional $25 for 48 Hours film competition.