Media Studies - Level 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: P. Durie

Visual storytelling is all around us. From the movies that play in the cinema to the sport that shows in weekends on the television to the clips we watch on facebook or youtube. This subject will give you an insight into how some of the techniques used by the worlds best film makes and visual storytellers. You will also look at how the Superhero film genre has evolved from the pages of comic books to become a billion dollar industry. You will also write, design and produce your own film and visual storytelling task. Media Studies combines theory and practice and includes two field trips to the local cinema to see the latest efforts from Hollywood on the big screen.

• Analyse the effective techniques used by the world’s top film makers
• Explore the evolution of the Superhero film genre
• Write your own screenplay
• Design and plan your own film project
• Film, edit and produce your own original film project

Course Overview

Term 1
The start of the course is an introduction to how we analyse media texts. A number of key techniques are identified across sound, cinematography and editing. Following this we look at a selection of great scenes from some of the worlds greatest film makers and analyse how they have used these techniques. Following this students will select their own scene from a film to de-construct how these techniques have been applied by the film makers.

Following this students will learn how a screenplay is constructed. The style is the same for film, television and gaming so is applicable in a range of diverse fields. The class will look at some examples of screenplay writing and compare how a scene started off as a screenplay and developed into a complete scene in a film. Once students have understood the format of writing a screenplay they will write two of their own, short scenes.

Term 2
This term students begin to get an insight into what a media genre is and how it impacts on the type of stories that are told. The genre for this course is the Superhero genre. As well as being very popular, it is also a great example of a genre that has very clear aspects to it that can be analysed and compared. This involves students looking at examples of films from this genre and also beginning to write a practice essay.

Using the screenplays that students have written, they will now learn about the processes that need to happen to turn those screenplays into a completed film. Students will need to breakdown every element of their screenplay and plan as thoroughly as possible so that their words can be turned into an actual filmed sequence or scene. Once they have done all of this they will have created a blueprint document that can be used to create a scene or sequence for a film.

Term 3
The bulk of this term is dedicated to taking the blueprint that was created last term and physically making it into a scene or sequence. Students have the option of working by themselves, in a pair or in a group of three. They will physically need to find everything they need. Then they will need to work together to film all of the required footage. They will finally need to edit it all together and make it as compelling as possible for an audience to view.

During this term students will also continue their study of the Superhero genre. As well as understanding what determines whether or not a film belongs to a particular genre or not, they will be able to apply their analytical skills to a film of this genre and demonstrate an understanding of how effectively the elements of the genre are used by the film makers. This will lead into the senior exam week.

Term 4
This final term is dedicated to completing the study of the Superhero genre of film. Students will look at a range of examples from across the genre and get an insight into how the genre has been able to evolve and develop and change over time. While the bulk of the term is based on revision for the end of year exam, students will also be able to share their own films with the class and reflect on the challenges that are involved in film making.


Media Studies - Level 2

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Trips $25


Open Entry

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
Course endorsement provides recognition for a student who has performed exceptionally well in an individual course.
Students will gain an endorsement for a course if, in a single school year, they achieve:
14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence, and
at least 3 of these credits from externally assessed standards and 3 credits from internally assessed standards.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90996 v3 Media Studies 1.8 - Write media texts for a specific target audience
Term: 1, Week: 9
A.S. 90994 v3 Media Studies 1.6 - Complete a media product from a design and plan using a specified range of conventions
Term: 2, Week: 10
A.S. 90993 v3 Media Studies 1.5 - Produce a design and plan for a media product using a specified range of conventions
Term: 3, Week: 1
A.S. 90992 v3 Media Studies 1.4 - Demonstrate understanding of characteristics of a media genre
Term: 4, Week: 4
A.S. 90990 v3 Media Studies 1.2 - Demonstrate understanding of selected elements of media text(s)
Term: 1, Week: 6
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 15 credits.

Pathway Tags

Special Effects Creator, Camera operator, Storyboard Artist, Sound Recordist, Editor, Film maker, Television Producer, Game Designer, Video Blogger, Screen writer, Youtuber, Film Reviewer, Film Analyst, Adventure Cameraman, Travel Vlogger, Extreme Sports Producer, Film maker, Stuntman, Conceptual Designer, Set Builder, Graphic Novel Writer, Journalist, Current Affairs Reporter, Animator, Imagineer, Digital Designer, Stop Motion Artist, Storyboard Artist, Product Reviewer, Event Management, Digital Content Production, Fight Choreographer, Armourer, Props Builder, Costume Designer, Actor, Comedian, Presenter, Storyliner, Creative Writer, Reality Television Creator, Film Development, Stunt Driver, Musician, Film Score Composer, Titles Designer, Drone Pilot, Set Designer, Animal Wrangler, Historian, Popular Culture Specialist, Weapons Builder, Driver, Social Media Coordinator, Film Critic


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