The studio is well equipped with cameras, lights, editing equipment and a 32-channel sound desk. Broadcasts can be made throughout the school and from remote locations, giving students a taste of the excitement surrounding live broadcasts.
This creative space joins together multiple communication platforms, which are used by the entire College for content creation. It allows students who are passionate about the arts or who have a special interest in the practical or technical side of production to express their creativity.
Each year around 300 students from Year 9 to Year 13 experience the TV and Media Studio via our Film and Broadcasting Academy and Media Studies curriculum.
Many St Andrew’s students, whose passion for TV performance and production was sparked at the College, have gone on to great things within the industry in New Zealand and overseas.
Media Studies at St Andrew’s College differs from other schools, with the distinction being our students are not only studying media as an academic exercise – they’re also creating it in real life.
Most schools teach Media Studies as a theoretical English subset. While St Andrew’s College aligns our Media Studies programmes closely with the NCEA Media Studies curriculum, the incredible facility and resources available to us means our programme sits firmly in the arts space where advanced technology allows our students to develop practical and creative skills to produce content that can be communicated across multiple platforms.
During the year, students have an opportunity to compete in the 48-Hour Film Festival alongside other student groups and professionals from around Aotearoa. Having our students work alongside professionals in this exciting and fast-paced guerrilla filmmaking competition, provides real-world experience that cannot be taught from a book. St Andrew’s College is proud to provide practical hands-on training that gives students a phenomenal head start when they leave the College.
Many students who want to pursue a career in broadcasting come to St Andrew’s because we are the only College in New Zealand which has a professional production studio and control room complex. Our new Year 12 Production and Year 13 Broadcasting course, along with opportunities as part of our Media Tech crew, aims to provide plenty of opportunities for students to develop valuable production and technical skills.
Those inside the industry say students who have used our Creative Space have a definite advantage with knowledge and experience in line with older students who are well-advanced in professional broadcasting courses.