Media Units 1 and 2


This Media course has both theoretical and practical components that focus on media production, messages created and audience reception, and impact of new media technologies.

The theoretical components cover:

  • Representation: looks at how media products and messages are constructed and received or understood by audiences through the process of selection, omission, construction and interaction
  • Australian stories: explores how the structural features of Australian fiction and non-fictional narratives engage audiences and how those features are read and consumed by an audience
  • Narrative, style and genre: looks at how media creators and producers construct realities and meaning with their narratives and how those narratives are received and consumed by an audience
  • Media and change: looks at new media technologies and how they are changing the way we receive and distribute information, and examines the issues that are arising from these changes
  • Media industry production: explores the stages of media production process, including the roles that specialists and the industry play in the development, creation and distribution of productions.

The practical components cover:

  • Media forms or narratives in production: here you explore the stages of the media production process to create, develop and construct a narrative for a specific audience. You create your media products based on a representation, using new media technologies and collaboration. You can select from the following media forms: film, animation, photography and print.

Who is it for?

Media is for students with an open and inquiring mind, who are both academic and creative.

If you want to further your knowledge and understanding of the media industry and create media products, this is the subject for you. Media is the ideal subject if you have a passion for filmmaking, photography, digital design, communications, or animation. You should also be interested in how the media works and its influence on audiences.

What do you do?

Some of the activities include:

  • plan a media product, including a design plan and storyboarding
  • produce your own film, photography, animation, magazine, etc
  • share your media experiences
  • interact and collaborate online with other media students
  • attend online media classes
  • edit and manipulate media texts to create meaning
  • construct written responses to films, documentaries and visuals
  • analyse advertisements, film/TV and print media.

What skills do you need?

There are no prerequisites, but you need to have:

  • excellent communication skills
  • excellent time-management skills
  • some experience with editing software such as Photoshop, paint, gimp, movie maker, Final Cut pro, etc.
  • some experience with using a DLSR or video camera.

What skills do you develop?

You will develop skills including:

  • applying the media production process to create, develop and construct narratives
  • analysis of the construction of media texts and their messages to an audience
  • critical thinking regarding the relationships between media technologies, media products and the society that produced them
  • analysis of the intentions of media creators and producers and the influences of narratives on an audience
  • working in a collaborative manner and to specific production roles.



You must have access to the internet. You are required to attend online classes and own a headset with a microphone.You will need access to the relevant equipment and software for your chosen media form, for example:

  • Photography medium: Hardware such as still camera and software such as Photoshop
  • Film/video/animation medium: Hardware such as a video camera, tripod and editing software such as Final Cut Pro
  • Print medium: Hardware such as still camera and software such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator.

Things to think about

Media is very popular, but also very challenging. In order to successfully complete both Units, you will need to commit to undertaking a substantial amount of work outside the course lessons. This work should focus on practicing and developing your skills in chosen mediums such as using Photoshop, filming, taking photos and editing. You will also need to keep up to date with your weekly work submissions and keep in regular contact with your teacher. You should spend at least 6-8 hours a week on your media work.

Submission of work is done online.

Communication can be achieved via phone, text, email, online lessons, screencasts and the VSVonline environment. Your teacher is able to send links, extra resources, remind you of deadlines and respond to your questions quickly.

Things you can do now

Familiarise yourself with media/art products – advertising, music videos, photography, quality TV shows (HBO), YouTube videos, Tumblr, Instagram, short films, animations, etc, and find inspiration for your own media product.

We highly recommend that you read and view all texts prior to the school year commencing. You will be able to access a copy of The Dressmaker and Pan’s Labyrinth in the course once you have access to it, but you may wish to obtain your own copy and view it prior to this.

The Dressmaker (film, 2015), director Jocelyn Moorhouse

Pan’s Labyrinth (film.2007), director Guillermo Del Toro

Experiment with different software such as Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, etc, and creating different media forms, such as films, photography, print, etc.

Get started by looking at some of the tutorials below:

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.



Things to have a look at

Example of student short film

Example of student short film