MEDIA

Unit 1: Semester 1

Media forms, representations and Australian stories

By engaging in practical making and theoretical analysis and discussion, students in this unit develop an understanding of audiences and the core concepts underpinning the construction of representations and meaning in different media forms. They will explore media codes and conventions and the construction of meaning in media products. Students will analyse how representations, narrative and media codes and conventions contribute to the construction of the media realities audiences engage with and read. Students will gain an understanding of audiences as producers and consumers of media products. Through analysing the structure of narratives, they will consider the impact of media creators and institutions on production. They will develop research skills to investigate and analyse selected narratives focusing on the influence of media professionals on production genre and style. Students will also develop an understanding of the features of Australian fictional and non-fictional narratives in different media forms. Lastly, students will work in a range of media forms and develop and produce representations to demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of each media form, and how they contribute to the communication of meaning.

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

Unit 2: Semester 2

Narrative across media forms

In this unit students will further develop an understanding of the concept of narrative in media products and forms in different contexts. Narratives in both traditional and newer forms include film, television, sound, news, print, photography, games, and interactive digital forms. Students will analyse the influence of developments in media technologies on individuals and society, examining in a range of media forms the effects of media convergence and hybridisation on the design, production and distribution of narratives in the media and audience engagement, consumption and reception. They will undertake production activities to design and create narratives that demonstrate an awareness of the structures and media codes and conventions appropriate to corresponding media forms.

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%)