Media Arts is in its growth period here at St Andrew’s. We have introduced new programs to give our students a sample of the different aspects that this subject entails.
In the Senior Years (Years 10-12: Students study a range of new and exciting areas. In Year 11, students explore the work of director Alfred Hitchcock and discuss ways to create effective narratives. In Year 12, students study a range of movements and genres that they wouldn’t normally come across. Students also attend film workshops.
Students in Year 10 experience the study of film and make effective short films and discuss what they can do to the films to improve them. This includes small workshops in filmmaking using video and DSLR cameras, as well as learning the technique for applying special effects makeup.
Each year we endeavour to have the Year 12 students attend a film workshop in conjunction with other high schools. These are run by local filmmakers who share their valuable skills and knowledge with the students and teachers. This also allows students to ask questions of people currently working in the film industry, so they gain a better understanding of the ‘stepping stones’ required for a career in the Film industry.
Media is an important area of study. There is evidence suggesting that employers and hiring managers are looking at ‘creativity’ as an important ‘skill set’ that students will need to develop for success in the future.