MED300

Level 3 Media Studies

Course Description

Teacher to contact with questions: Ms C. Last

Media Studies has never been more relevant to our lives than in this age of ever changing technology and media content. It is especially important that we grow an awareness of how media manipulates facts and distorts events to maintain a narrative, often with a political agenda. 

The subject offers active exploration, analysis, creation and enjoyment of the media and its products. It examines the dynamic role of media in our society, how the media constructs messages about individuals, communities and cultures and how media products are produced, controlled and distributed. 

This course combines theory and analysis of how media influences audiences through film, news media and advertising as well as giving creative opportunities to produce media content.

This course will cover:

  • A study of how ‘kiwi blokes’ or other identity is depicted in media and the impact that has on society.  
  • Writing a screenplay for an original teen drama or horror film.
  • Create, film and produce a short film. 
  • Study a film director’s work and analyse style, message and conventions.



Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

1B5/1B8 Exercise book OR refill and ringbinder

Recommended Prior Learning

An interest in the news, watching films, reading about films, watching TV and online streaming platforms as well as gaming, YouTube and advertising.

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 15 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 15 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91480 v1
NZQA Info
English 3.9 - Respond critically to significant aspects of visual and/or oral text(s) through close reading, supported by evidence
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91492 v2
NZQA Info
Media Studies 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of the media representation of an aspect of New Zealand culture or society
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91495 v2
NZQA Info
Media Studies 3.6 - Produce a media product to meet the requirements of a brief
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91497 v2
NZQA Info
Media Studies 3.8 - Write a media text to meet the requirements of a brief
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 15
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 15
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 15

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.