There is nothing quite like this unique course, working to the NCEA Media Studies Level 2 Achievement Standards. The students work in the field and the studio to produce mini documentaries for the College’s online platform. “We aim for industry standards of technical and production skills, emphasising discipline, teamwork, leadership and problem solving, as well as the production of a finished product. The students make use of the excellent field equipment (cameras, tripods, microphones and lights) that we are constantly updating. The students gain credits in NCEA Level 2 Media Standards,” says Simon Williams, HOD Media Studies.
An alternative course, for those whose interests lie in film making. Students study the planning and production of short films, as well as studying the industry. The best of the films produced screen in the College’s annual Film Fest.
We train young media enthusiasts in the art and science of making content in the studio and field for YouTube and the College’s social media platforms along with on screen performance. The students are expected to work to produce material to a level that satisfies the demanding NCEA Level 3 Standards.
This course is for serious film enthusiasts; those who might be planning a career in film, or who are simply very good film makers. There are high expectations of students as they learn professional film techniques, along with a study of aspects of the industry. We have HD medium sized cameras, a range of professional tripods, microphones and field lights. Some exceptional short films are produced, for later screening in the College’s Film Fest.
We are fortunate to have the only fully professional production studio in a New Zealand School. This is our ‘live suite’ where our Years 9 and 10 Performing Arts classes (teamed with Drama) produce a range of live shows, using professional television systems and techniques. Our senior Media Studies classes also produce shows as part of their NCEA courses.