MED301

NCEA Level 3 Media Studies 301

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms A. Neal

Media Studies 301
The course aims to build on the skills developed in Level 2 Media Studies. Students will learn to critically analyse media texts through studies of media issues and investigations into elements of media language. The practical focus will be to produce a short film. The external examination will focus on the New Zealand Film Industry.

University Approved


Course Overview

Term 1
We begin the year by looking at the coming-of-age genre in film, which will inform our productions, and on which the brief for these productions is loosely based.

Students will learn how to write scripts (3.8, 3 credits) , which is must be completed as an individual task, and provide U.E. writing credits.

Students will, individually, in pairs, or in groups of three, plan a short film, mockumentary or documentary based on a brief (3.5, 4 credits).

Both of these assessments are due this term, including practice shots or a rough cut for the film. If students do not want to make a film, they can negotiate a different media product completion with the teacher, as long as conventions and criteria are met.

Term 2
While students work on their productions, they will investigate a new development in the media (3.7, 3 credits). Both of these assessments are due this term.

We will then learn content for the external assessment (3.4, 4 credits, Lit writing credits). We will study how post 9/11 American society helped shape the superhero film genre. A DGA will be sat next month and the external is in November.

Term 3
There is the opportunity for students to complete an optional standard here, where they look at a media text through two media theoretical perspectives (3.2, 3 credits).

After students have completed their DGA, we will look at representations in the New Zealand media (3.3, 3 credits). This will be due early next term.

Term 4
The NZ representations task will be due early this term, then we will revise for the external. The external can be hand-written or typed on the digital platform. It is work U.E. writing credits.

During the year, we will go to Capital E on a trip, and may have another media trip scheduled also.

There will also be an opportunity for students to opt into Media Studies Scholarship sessions and the exam. They can talk to Ms Neal more about this.

Recommended Prior Learning

Preferred: at least 15 credits from Media Studies 201. Students with a strong interest in film/ documentary making/ print media/ media industries and a suitable number of credits from English results may be considered - please talk to the TIC of Media Studies.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

It would be valuable if students purchased their own 8GB SD card. There are no compulsory costs. It is beneficial for students to have access to their own digital camera. There may be one or two trips to investigate media industries in Wellington. It is anticipated we will take part in the “Censor for the Day” event run by the Classifications Authority.

Career Pathways

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 26 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 22 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91491 v2
NZQA Info
Media Studies 3.2 - Demonstrate understanding of the meaning of a media text through different readings

This course offers the following optional standards, which will be agreed upon in consultation with your teacher.

Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 2022-06-02, Week: 2022-06-02

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

Assessments:
Term: 2022-06-03, Week: 2022-06-03

A.S. 91493 v3
NZQA Info
Media Studies 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of a relationship between a media genre and society
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 2022-06-03, Week: 2022-06-03

A.S. 91494 v2
NZQA Info
Media Studies 3.5 - Produce a design for a media product that meets the requirements of a brief
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 2022-06-03, Week: 2022-06-03

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

Assessments:
Term: 2022-06-03, Week: 2022-06-03

A.S. 91496 v2
NZQA Info
Media Studies 3.7 - Demonstrate understanding of a significant development in the media
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 2022-06-03, Week: 2022-06-03

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

Assessments:
Term: 2022-06-03, Week: 2022-06-03

Credit Summary
Total Credits: 26
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 26
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 7
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 26

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.