Media Studies - Level 2

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: P. Durie

This course builds on a lot of the learning in Level One Media Studies. Students will look at how representations are formed in the media. They will look at the influence that a particular film genre can have on society. They will write, plan and produce their own film trailers.

• Representations in the media
• Film genre study
• Write a screenplay
• Plan and design a blueprint for a film trailer
• Produce a film trailer

Course Overview

Term 1
The start of the course is a refresher for students who took the Level 1 course and also an introduction for new Media Studies students. Following this students will look at how different groups of people and issues are represented in the media. Primarily this will focus on television advertisements but will also cross over to film, television series, posters and billboards.

Students will develop an insight into movie trailers. Students will then create their own 'reboot' idea of an existing superhero. They will select a superhero character of their choice and re-imagine this character for a setting that students can access. Based on this idea students will write their own screenplay for a film trailer based on their re-imagined superhero character.

Term 2
Using the screenplay for their trailer, students will now create a blueprint that will allow them to turn their screenplay into a reality. This blueprint will cover every logistical need required for a successful trailer to be created. This is an individual task but students need to plan to have up to three people working on the creation of the trailer.

This term students will develop their understanding of a media genre and will focus on a specific aspect of the genre. Students will delve further into the Superhero genre in this course which continues some of the learning from the Level 1 course. This involves students looking at examples of films from this genre and also beginning to write a practice essay.

Term 3
The bulk of this term is dedicated to taking the blueprint that was created last term and physically making it into an actual trailer. They will physically need to find everything they need. Then they will need to work together (if they have chosen to work in a small group of two or three students) 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 an aspect of the superhero genre. They will look at a range of aspects and look how each one influences the genre itself as well as the audiences who view this genre. By this stage students should know 2 -3 texts of the genre extremely well. This will lead into the senior exam week.

Term 4
This final term is dedicated to completing the study of aspects of the superhero genre of film. 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 3


Open - MSD1 preferred

Credit Information
Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91255 v3 Media Studies 2.8 - Write developed media text for a specific target audience
Term: 2, Week: 6
A.S. 91253 v3 Media Studies 2.6 - Complete a developed media product from a design and plan using a range of conventions
Term: 3, Week: 8
A.S. 91252 v2 Media Studies 2.5 - Produce a design and plan for a developed media product using a range of conventions
Term: 3, Week: 1
A.S. 91251 v5 Media Studies 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of an aspect of a media genre
Term: 2, Week: 7
Term: 3, Week: 9
Term: 4, Week: 5
A.S. 91250 v3 Media Studies 2.3 - Demonstrate understanding of representation in the media
Term: 1, Week: 8
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 16 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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