Media Units 3 and 4


Media Units 3 and 4 consist of both practical and theoretical work. You will examine traditional and contemporary media products and consider the impact of the media on its intended audience. You will also complete a SAT (School-assessed Task). This involves the development and planning of a media product for a specific audience. You can choose to work in one of the following media forms: moving image (narrative film, documentary or animation), photography, print or audio.

The theory component covers two main areas:

  • narrative and ideology: analysing how narratives are constructed and distributed, and how they engage, are consumed and read by the intended audience and present day audiences
  • agency and control in and of the media: examining who has power in the relationship between the media and its audiences.

Who is it for?

Media is an ideal subject for students who are both academic and creative. You should also have excellent time management skills.

If you are interested in further study in filmmaking, digital design, animation, photography, journalism, communications, film theory, public relations or social media, this is the course for you.

What do you do?

You will complete the following tasks:

  • analyse film, TV, and social media
  • brainstorm and research ideas for a media product
  • document and experiment with media production techniques and equipment to develop your skills
  • develop a Media production design (folio); a detailed plan for your media production
  • create a media product in a specific media form
  • complete online quizzes.

What skills do you need?

To be successful in this subject you need:

  • excellent time-management skills
  • creativity and problem-solving skills
  • a willingness to experiment with different ideas and techniques.

Experience in media production, such as animation, filmmaking, photography, or design would be beneficial, however you can focus on refining your skills throughout the year.

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 about the relationships between media products and the society that produced them
  • planning and writing well-structured and concise responses
  • media planning and production techniques.




Students who enrol in Media Units 3 and 4 at VSV will need to complete the 2020 VCE Media Units 3 and 4 Declaration.

You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. All weekly work will be completed and submitted online.

Required textbook: Jo Flack – Nelson VCE Media (4th ed.), Nelson Cengage, 2018.

You are also required to have a copy of the films Rebel without a cause (1955) directed by Nicholas Ray as well as the film Nerve (2016) by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.

Things to think about

Submission of work is via VSV Online. You can communicate with your teacher via email, telephone, or through VSV Online. It is important to maintain regular contact with your teacher and regularly view the class news and announcements as information regarding online lessons, screencasts, excursions, seminars and relevant information will be posted here. 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 and art products – advertising, music videos, photography, quality TV shows (HBO, streaming services), You Tube videos, Tumblr, short films, animations, etc. and find inspiration for your own media product.

From this, you can select which media form you will work in.

Experiment with different software applications such as Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, etc. Create media products in different media forms such as film, photography, podcast and print.

Review tutorials to help develop your skills. Here are some examples:

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 VSV Top Screens Winner Sam Bennett