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 Performing Arts course 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 we strictly adhere to NCEA Media Studies standards, St Andrew’s College doesn’t mould our programme around it. The incredible facility and resources available to us means our programme sits firmly in the arts space where advanced technology is used to create content that is communicated across multiple platforms.
During the 48-Hour Film Festival we have a crew equipped with professionals and StAC students who compete in this event. Having our students work alongside professionals gives 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.
Those inside the industry say students who have had 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.