AIM OF THE COURSE
Through media studies students gain the knowledge and skills to conceive, plan, design and make media products that engage audiences.
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.
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.
Media Studies can lead to a range of further study options and career opportunities including jobs in:
- Multimedia production
- Television production
- Social Media