Tawa College Tawa College

NCEA Level 2 Media Studies 201

Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

Recommended Prior Learning

Preferred: at least 12 credits from Media 101. Credits from English 101 will be considered, but these should include creative or formal writing. Students will need to be able to respond in various formats to a variety of media texts.

Media Studies 201
The course aims to build on the skills developed in Level 1 Media Studies and to enable you to understand, question and contribute to the constant flow of media messages around you. We will analyse the codes and conventions used in media texts, advertising, television and the internet and how audiences interact with media texts. We also explore ethical issues in the media and media representations, as well as focusing on how to deconstruct media texts. You will use this knowledge to shoot and edit a music video. A key focus in Media Studies is student agency, with the teachers modelling the required skills and context and with you choosing topics and mediums (written, film, verbal/recorded, presentations) that you want, within the constraints of the criteria. 

Course Overview

Term 1
Embark on an exciting journey as we delve into the captivating world of media representations! Let's kickstart the adventure by refreshing our knowledge of key terminologies. From there, we'll dive deep into the fascinating realm of media portrayals.

Prepare to be captivated as you choose your own representation to explore and research (2.3, 3 credits). You have complete freedom to choose any media representation you want (of a group, place, event etc.) and present your findings in a creative and innovative manner, as long as you meet the criteria.

But that's not all! Get ready to unleash your inner filmmaker as we embark on the thrilling task of planning a video (2.5, 4 credits). Whether you prefer to work independently, with a partner, or in a dynamic group of three, the choice is yours. In the process, you'll get the opportunity to develop your skills in planning, framing practice shots, or even creating a rough cut of your vision. Excitingly, your hard work and dedication will be due next term, leaving you eagerly anticipating the culmination of your artistic endeavors.

Term 2
Ignite your creative spark as you embark on an extraordinary journey in the realm of music video production! Seamlessly blending classwork and personal exploration, you'll have the opportunity to bring your vision to life while earning a whopping 6 credits (2.6).

But that's not all—prepare to master the art of scriptwriting (2.8, 3 credits), a skill that goes beyond the classroom and paves the way to University Entrance literacy writing. Drawing inspiration from the captivating media product, The Mandalorian, we'll delve deep into its captivating world and unravel its secrets. Brace yourself for an immersive learning experience as we unravel the intricacies of this awe-inspiring series (2.1, 3 credits).

As you passionately work on your music video project, both inside and outside the classroom, you'll have the opportunity to refine your scriptwriting skills. This hands-on approach to learning will not only earn you credits but also provide invaluable real-world experience.

Term 3
We enter the final stretch of music video production this term! Your eagerly anticipated creations are due, and the stage is set for your talents to shine brightly.

As we venture through the term, we'll embark on a journey of exploration and critical thinking. Midway through, we'll engage in a Derived Grade Assessment centered around the mesmerizing world of The Mandalorian.

Then prepare to delve deep into the fascinating realm of ethical issues in the media (2.7, 3 credits). With your keen analytical skills, you'll unravel the complex tapestry of moral dilemmas and thought-provoking questions that arise in the ever-evolving media landscape. Let your curiosity guide you as you navigate the intricate intersections of media, society, and ethics choosing a topic that appeals to you and presenting it however you want..

Term 4
Don't miss the chance to showcase your exceptional analytical abilities, as the ethics task is due early this term. With the external, you can choose to handwrite or type the standard. This task holds University Entrance writing credits also.

But wait, there's more! For those eager to take their media studies journey to the next level, a golden opportunity awaits. You have the option to immerse yourself in Media Studies Scholarship sessions, where you can expand your knowledge, sharpen your skills, and prepare for the ultimate challenge—the Media Studies Scholarship exam. To learn more about this incredible opportunity, don't hesitate to reach out to the knowledgeable and dedicated Ms. Neal, who will guide you through the details and help you seize this chance to showcase your expertise.

Get ready to embark on a thrilling academic adventure filled with ethical contemplation, scholarly achievement, and the opportunity to push the boundaries of your potential. The stage is set, the path is clear—let your passion for media studies lead the way!

Learning Areas:



NCEA Level 3 Media Studies 301

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Sales Representative, Actor, Advertising Specialist, Sales and Marketing Manager, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artistic Director, Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Film/Television Camera Operator, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Journalist, Editor, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Radio Presenter, Early Childhood Teacher, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Market Research Analyst, Photographer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Production Manager, Secondary School Teacher, Teacher Aide, Telemarketer, Television Presenter, Marketing Specialist

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Purchasing an 8GB SD card is advised. During the year, we will go to Capital E on a trip, and may have another media trip scheduled also.