Riccarton High School Riccarton High School

Level 2 Media Studies

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr P. Scott.

Recommended Prior Learning

10 credits in Level 1 English or by consultation with Mr Scott.

If you're interested in the Media, any media: shows, journalism, films, YouTube, social media, books, magazines, radio, television, newspapers, blogs, vlogs, websites, podcasts, music, marketing... Media Studies is the subject where you will be able to chase your interests and be supported to develop expertise in whichever area interests you most (or become a generalist!). You might prefer to make media, learn about how media is made or learn about the effects the media has on us all, in this course you get that opportunity!

Students will work in consultation with their teacher to devise a personalised learning and assessment programme which will compromise of up to a maximum total of 18 credits.

Media Studies is a mix of media making (film, social media content or other by negotiation) and the investigation of how we relate to the media around us. You will learn the core aspects of media creation, and how genre influences what we see on screen. This course can be redesigned and tweaked to suit students' needs, experience and interests.

Most students will produce a range of social media content for a brand, business or account of their creation or choosing. Students in the past have created content for: school committees or groups, sports teams, gaming channels, local businesses, online businesses, film reviews, fashion and music promotion. As part of this students cover skills in photography, design, copywriting and videography.

This course can contain UE literacy reading and writing credits.

Media Studies and English are completely separate subjects, but they are intertwined and offer students who do both the opportunity to double dip. Technical skills are an advantage, but we cover everything you need to know.

Examples of Student Work

Cold Opens

Social Media Content

Learning Areas:

Ngā Toi - Arts


Level 3 Media Studies

Understanding the media, how it is created and how it effects society, allows people to better understand the world around them and make choices that are less effected by marketing or media agenda setting and more guided by rational thought.
Careers in media creation can include: film and television creation, live broadcast media, journalism, print creation (magazines, newpapers, etc.), game design, website design, podcasting, marketing, advertising or any other career that requires creating something for an audience.
Careers related to media studies include: sociology, business, academia, film/media critics, commerce, politics or any career where an understanding of how audiences are manipulated or culture is shaped could be useful.

Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery

It will be useful to have:
- A set of wired headphones
- A 64GB USB3.0 Drive (around $10)
- A Adobe Creative Cloud subscription (around $45 per year through RHS)