Mt Albert Grammar School Mt Albert Grammar School

11 Media Studies 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Tom Dale.


 HoD approval

Students will:

• Examine personal use of media.
• Examine how minority groups are represented in mainstream media.
• Study the conventions of the dystopian film genre.
• Study the key characteristics of the movie trailer.
• Directly apply the knowledge gained to plan and then create a dystopian movie trailer.

In 2024, students will sit 4 assessments in practical production contexts as well as written essays and research reports.

A.S. 92049 'Demonstrate understanding of perspectives on a contemporary social issue' will count as 5 credits towards the new level 1 NCEA certificate.

The remaining 3 assessments will be 2 MAGS internals and 1 MAGS external, preparing students for the level 2 course in Media Studies. 

These MAGS-based assessments will be worth 5 'MAGS' credits each and will help with placement into future courses, such as meeting the required prerequisites to take Media Studies at a senior level.


Media Studies


12 Media Studies 1

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Actor, Artistic Director, Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Entertainer, Film/Television Camera Operator, Journalist, Technical Writer, Editor, Make-up Artist, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Radio Presenter, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Television Presenter, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Sales and Marketing Manager, Graphic Designer, Communications Professional, Market Research Analyst, Photographer, Marketing Specialist

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

*11MD1* - Supplementary costs: Approx $5
A laptop suitable for editing video is recommended but not compulsory