MEDIA STUDIES

WELCOME TO OUR MEDIA STUDIES DEPARTMENT!

Why Media Studies? Why Now? 


Freyberg High School began offering Media Studies as an option for Year 12 students in 2018, with this subject now offered to both Year 12 and Year 13 students as an NCEA and University Entrance pathway. Our Media STUDIES courses are complimented by a NEW extra-curricular opportunity - the Freyberg Fleapit Film Makers Club - which focuses on PRODUCTION of media. In 2021, Freyberg's Fleapit Charlatans 48 Hour Film Festival team were recognised as Regional Finalists in the Taranaki area, for the short film 'Clock, Work', which is available to view below.

As we grow this department, we empower ourselves as critical change-agents in a global community. We behave as 21st century individuals who are creative communicators, collaborators and citizens. We strive to uphold moral character and have high expectations of others – with a focus on media producers - to also do so. We value autonomy, risk-taking and conflict as a positive process for change. We challenge dominant ideology and demonstrate social agency. We are media- AND future-focused, because we understand the power that the media has in society, and acknowledge our responsibility to look at the impact that the reciprocal relationship between media and society is having upon the future and future generations.

Year 12 Media Studies at FHS

​​​​​​​In Year 12 Media Studies, we begin our journey of discovery regarding the role of the media in the world that we occupy. We will inquire, communicate, think critically and creatively, collaborate and develop as learners and citizens of the 21st century - both developing our character and ourselves as conscious global citizens, and strengthen and flex our critical thinking skills. We will explore the cyclical relationship between media and society (dystopian genre); issues of representation in media texts; the development of a media genre; ethical issues in the media (cancel culture); narrative as it is developed in media texts; and the creation of written media texts (feature articles).

Year 13 Media Studies at FHS

​​​​​​​In Year 13 Media Studies, we will discover more about the role of the media in the world that we occupy. We will continue to inquire, communicate, think critically and creatively, collaborate and develop as learners and citizens of the 21st century - both developing our character and ourselves as conscious global citizens, and flex our critical thinking skills. We will explore the cyclical relationship between media and society through critical lens (psychological horror genre); issues of representation in NZ media texts; the development of a media genre; semiology in media texts; a significant development in the media (social media algorithms); and the creation of written media texts (film reviews).

Thinking of JOINING US in Media Studies? Read Below...

The media shapes our understanding of the world, reflecting and communicating aspects of our public and private lives and contributing to the creation of personal, social, cultural, and national identities.

Discover how to make sense of the media...

Media studies challenges and empowers students to analyse and interpret media content and to become more informed and think critically about the media and its role in everyday life.

The media is often controlled by powerful corporate interests. Media makers interpret events and shape how we view the world. Students learn to recognise the things that influence the media.

The media is constantly changing. The progress of technology, mobility, connectivity, and digitisation is generating new channels and media formats. Students are increasingly participating in this dynamic new environment. Through active engagement with the media, they will deepen their awareness of the nature and purpose of these changes.

Create and innovate...

Students develop and project their creativity, learning how to entertain and influence audiences and communicate powerfully using media technologies.

Students contribute to New Zealand culture, expressing their ideas and identities by creating their own media products. They learn to appreciate the aesthetic values of media products and their wider historical and cultural context.

Media studies prepares students for the future...

Students develop the skills to become informed, discriminating citizens in a constantly changing, interconnected world. Through media studies, students explore career pathways in the rapidly growing information, knowledge, entertainment, and communications industries.

SOURCE: Media Studies TKI Curriculum Documents Click here 

Have more QUESTIONS? Ask a current Media Studies student OR contact Whaea Stacie for more information!

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Freyberg High School 13ME 2021

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Freyberg High School 12ME 2021

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Contact Us...

​​​​​​​HOD Media Studies | Stacie Nicholls

nichollss@freyberg.ac.nz

Year 12 and 13 Media Studies Teacher

​​​​​​​Stacie Nicholls