Media Studies

Media Studies is about the active exploration, analysis, creation, and enjoyment of the media and its products. Media Studies examines the dynamic role of the media in society, how the media constructs messages about individuals, communities, and cultures and how media products are produced, controlled, and distributed. 


Aim of the Course

Through media studies students gain the knowledge and skills to conceive, plan, design and make media products that engage audiences.

Level 1

In year 11 Media Studies, students will focus on the what it means to be a teenager, how Millennial teens consume media, and how this differs from the media usage of Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers. For our genre study, we study American high school films such as Rebel Without a Cause, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Mean Girls and Easy A, and analyse how the representation of teens has changed from the 1950s to today. For the production task students plan and produce a music video.

Level 2

The level two course focuses primarily on the horror genre, and how this has evolved from the roots of German Expressionism into the postmodern horrors of the 2000s. We also look at how women have been represented within the horror genre, from "damsels in distress" to "final girls". Films studied include the silent classic Nosferatu, the 1931 version of Frankenstein, Hitchcock's classic Psycho, a range of "slashers" from the 1980s, and modern horrors like Scream, Zombieland and The Cabin in the Woods. Students make a short silent horror film for the practical production component of the course.

Level 3

Media Studies at Year 13 builds on the Year 12 course, and hones in on Film Noir, the dark, gritty and cynical genre of film that swept across America in the aftermath of the Second World War. The primary focus of the course revolves around the writing, development and production of a short narrative film in the Film Noir/ Neo Noir style. Films studied include Double Indemnity, Gilda, The Third Man, Chinatown, Blade Runner and Brick.


Future Pathways


Media Studies can lead to a range of further study options and career opportunities including jobs in:
  • Filmmaking
  • Multimedia production
  • Animation
  • Television production
  • Screenwriting
  • Advertising
  • Communications
  • Social Media
  • Journalism
Selwyn College Media Studies films