Media Units 3 and 4
Media is comprised of both practical and theory work that focuses on the relationship between traditional and contemporary media products and audiences.
The major practical side involves the planning and production of a media product for a specific audience in your chosen medium (moving image, photography or print).
The theory side covers two main areas.
- Narrative and ideology: analysing how narratives are constructed and distributed, and how they engage, are consumed and are read by the intended audience and present day audiences.
- Agency and control in and of the media: discussing issues of agency and control in the relationship between the media and its audience.
Who is it for?
Media is for students who are both academic, creative and have excellent time management skills. If you are interested in further study in film-making, digital design, animation, photography, journalism, communications, film theory, public relations, social media, then this course would be for you.
What do you do?
Activities you will engage in include:
- analysing film, TV and social media
- online quizzes
- constructing written responses on films and television programs
- brainstorming and researching ideas for a media product
- planning a media product – including scripting and storyboarding
- producing a media product based on a specific medium.
What skills do you need?
To be successful in this subject you need:
- excellent time-management skills
- some experience in media production e.g. animating, film-making, photography, etc
- creativity and a willingness to experiment with different ideas.
What skills do you develop?
You will develop skills including:
- analysis of the construction of media products and the audiences that consume them
- critical thinking regarding the relationships between media products and the society that produced them
- planning and writing well-structured and concise responses
- media planning and production.
You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. All weekly work will be completed and submitted online.
Recommended textbook: Jo Flack – Nelson VCE Media (4th ed.) Nelson Cengage, 2018
You are also required to have a copy of the film text Rebel Without A Cause 1955 directed by Nicholas Ray as well the film text Nerve 2016 directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.
Things to think about
Submission of work is via DECVonline. Communication can be achieved via email, telephone, DECVonline announcements, online lessons, screencasts, text messages and anything else that is appropriate. Your teacher is able to refer you to links, extra resources, remind you of deadlines and assist you with any enquiries.
Things you can do now
Immerse yourself in media/art products – advertising, music videos, photography, quality TV shows (HBO), YouTube videos, Tumblr, short films, animations, etc. and find inspiration for your own media product. From this, you can select which medium you will be working in.
Experiment with different software such as Photoshop, Final Cut pro, etc, and creating different media forms, such as films, photography, podcasts, print, etc.
Look at some of these tutorials:
Photography media: Photoshop tutorials
Moving image media: Final Cut Pro X – The Basics for Beginners (Tutorial)
Print media: How to use Gimp – Basics
Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.
Things to have a look at
Example of Year 12 film
The Making of ‘Albert’
Interview with 2015 DECV Top Screens/Top Design Winner Sam Bennett