ASHS Coursebook: 1MED (Level 1 Media Studies)

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What is this course about?

Most of us live media-saturated lives and much of what we know has come to us through the media. The media inform us and entertain us. They affect how we see ourselves and others, what we buy, how we dress, how we behave. Media Studies is an authentic and relevant course of study, building on knowledge you already have. The new skills and knowledge you develop (eg critical analysis, understanding of symbolism and media languages, practical skills) will help you be a more discerning media consumer in a constantly changing and interconnected world. Better understanding of the media also deepens our enjoyment of the pleasures they have to offer.

What will I learn?

A lot more about the media's impact on your own and other's lives. In Level 1, you will explore aspects of various media forms. You will explore your own and another's media usage, learn to close-read a variety of media texts (eg print, television advertisements, films), investigate how the media represents a current event, write a film script and film review, and design, plan and create a short film.

What sorts of things will I do?

You will be involved in a variety of activities, working individually and with others.  You will contribute to class and group discussions, view and analyse media texts, plan and create a short video production, explore aspects of the media through your own experiences, through research and, when possible, with guest speakers. You will see a film at the cinema and review it. You should also be prepared to keep up individually with relevant developments and issues in the media as the year progresses eg debates over piracy, censorship.

What standards can I enter?

Summary of standards:
NCEA Level: Standard Number: Name of standard: Version Number: Credits: Literacy: Numeracy: Assessment:

1.1 AS90989

Demonstrate understanding of how individuals interact with media text
Y Y Internal
1 1.2 AS90990
Demonstrate understanding of selected elements of media text(s)
Y N Internal
1 1.3 AS90991
Demonstrate understanding of the media coverage of a current issue or event
3 4
Y N External
1 1.5 AS90993
Produce a design and plan for a media product using a specified range of conventions
N N Internal
1 1.6 AS90994
Complete a media product from a design and plan using a specified range of conventions 3 6 N N Internal

Total available credits: 19

Key dates / Assessments

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
AS90990 Close reading

(due early April)

AS90989 Interaction with Media

(due late May)


S90993 Plan short film

(due late June)

AS90994 Make short film

(due late August)

AS90991 News Coverage of a current event (External in November)

AS90994 Make short film

(reassessment opportunity)

AS90991 Revision for Coverage
of current event (External in November)

Vocational Pathways

Vocational Pathways provide a framework for students to show how their learning and achievement is valued in the workplace by aligning learning to the skills needed for industry.

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Assessment Calendar

Link to Year 11 Assessment Calendar

Frequently asked questions:

Does Media Studies continue through Levels 2 and 3?

Yes it does and it is also a booming subject in universities and other tertiary educational institutions. Our students also enter external competitions and in 2013 a Level 3 group of media students won the National Schools competition of the Rialto 48 Hours Film Competition and one of them, Lucy Timmins, won the 'Best Female Director' award over all competitors.

How is Media Studies related to future pathways?

A knowledge of the media and how it works is important for a wide range of careers. Those directly associated with media include advertising, web design, broadcasting, journalism, scriptwriting, copy-writing, film and television production, sound, camera and light engineers, roles in the music industry and media law.

A knowledge of media processes and industries is important for a wide range of other careers also - some examples include marketing, public relations, event management, company management, the hospitality industry and tourism.

Is Media Studies a University Entrance approved subject at Level 3?

Yes, Media Studies is U.E. approved.

How do I obtain a Subject Endorsement in Media Studies?

To obtain a Subject Endorsement in Media Studies, you must achieve 14 credits at Merit or Excellence from both internals and the external.

Are there any costs for this course?

Class trips may incur a charge for transport and entry fees.