MEDIA

Unit 1: Semester 1

Representation and technologies of representation
By engaging in practical making and theoretical analysis and discussion, students in this unit develop an understanding of the relationship between the media, technology and the representations present in various existing media forms such as film, television, online and print media. Students will consider and analyse the relationships between media technologies, audiences and society. Utilizing predominantly lens-based and other digital technology, students develop practical and analytical skills, including an understanding of codes and conventions used in the creation of media products. By considering existing examples and producing their own product, students will better understand creative and purposeful uses of media, including new and emerging technologies.

ASSESSMENT
1. Coursework Theory (20%)
2. Coursework Practical (40%)
3. Examination (40%)

Unit 2: Semester 2

Media production and the media industry
In this unit students commit to a collaborative media project (audio, audio visual, multi media or print) in which they will each take on a specific role. Groups will identify, develop, refine and produce a product that will help develop their understanding of collaborative media production. Students participate in specific stages of a media production, developing practical skills in their designated role. Students also develop an understanding of media industry issues and developments relating to production stages and roles within the broader framework in which Australian media organisations operate. Issues and influences such as ownership, distribution and control in a national and global context will be addressed.

ASSESSMENT
1. Coursework Theory (20%)
2. Coursework Practical (40%)
3. Examination (40%)

Unit 3: Semester 1

Narrative and media production design
In this unit students will undertake theoretical investigations to help them develop an understanding of film, television or radio drama production. They will also explore and analyse narrative elements and structure in fictional film, television or radio drama texts. Students examine how production and story elements work together to convey meaning and engage audiences. Students also develop practical skills through undertaking exercises related to aspects of the design and production process. They will complete a media production design plan for a specific media form and audience. They present the relevant specifications as a written planning document, with visual representations that employ media planning conventions appropriate to the media form in which the student chooses to work.

Unit 4: Semester 2

Process, influence and society’s values
In this unit students further develop practical skills in the production of media products to realise the production design plan completed during Unit 3. Organisational and creative skills are refined and applied throughout each stage of the production process. Students analyse the relationship between media texts, social values and discourses in the media. The nature and extent of media influence, the relationship between the media, media audiences and media regulation are also critically analysed in this unit.

ASSESSMENT
1. Coursework  - Unit 3 (6%)
2. Coursework  - Unit 4 (12%)
3. School-assessed task - Unit 4 (37%)
4. Examination (45%)