VCE Media

Unit 1 (Terms 1 & 2): Representation and Technology

The main purpose of this unit is to enable students to develop an understanding of the relationship between the media, technology and the representations present in media forms.

Students also develop practical and analytical skills including an understanding of the contribution of codes and conventions to the creation of meaning in media products.

Students demonstrate their understanding of theoretical concepts in Unit 1 and 2 through the three stages of media production:

  • Pre-production
  • Production
  • Post Production

In Unit 1 and 2, students will have the opportunity to work with digital photography design elements and principles, and digital editing programs such as Photoshop Elements and online programs. Students also have the opportunity to make short documentaries, music clips, film trailers and short narrative films. To prepare students for Year 12 Media, classic and contemporary film and TV texts will be studies in detail in order to understand the role and purpose of production and story elements and how audiences can react to popular narrative film texts.

Assessment tasks for Unit 1:

  • Representations Analysis and Annotation assignment
  • Technologies of Representation: digital photography photo essay
  • New Media Research project and Oral presentation

Unit 2 (Terms 3 & 4): Media Production and the Australian Media Industry

The main purpose of this unit is to enable students to develop an awareness of the specialist production stages and roles within the collaborative organisation of media production.

Students develop practical skills and analyse issues concerning the media production process.

Assessment tasks for Unit 2:

  • Group Production—school based media film
  • Specialist Roles written analysis
  • Research report on Australian media organisations
  • At least one assessment task must be in written form.

Unit 3 (Terms 1 & 2): Narrative and media production design

The main purpose of this unit is to enable students to develop an understanding of film, television or radio drama production and story elements, and learn to recognise the role and significance of narrative organisation in fictional film, television or radio drama texts.

Students examine how production and story elements work together to structure meaning in narratives to engage audiences. Students also develop practical skills through undertaking exercises related to aspects of the design and production process. They 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 students choose to work.

Unit 4 (Terms 3 & 4): Media: process, influence and society’s values

In this unit students further develop practical skills in the production of media products and 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.

To develop their practical media skills, students will be given the opportunity to build their skills set using Nikon Digital hybrid cameras which can shoot digital stills photography and HD quality digital video imagery for the use of music clips, or short narrative and documentary films.

Assessment for Unit 3 and Unit 4:

  • School-assessed coursework for Unit 3: Narrative SAC 6%
  • School-assessed task for (SAT) for Unit 3/4:
  • 2 Production exercises, a Production Design Plan and completed Media Product 37%
  • School-assessed coursework for Unit 4: Social Values and Media Influence SAC 12%
  • End-of-year examination: 45%

Career Paths

Some possible career options relevant to Media:

  • Set designer
  • Photographer
  • Multimedia director
  • Film & Television producer
  • Copywriter
  • Audio visual technician
  • Film & television lighting operator
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Scriptwriter

Please note: This is only a brief listing of possible courses. If you wish to obtain further information about career opportunities in this field please do not hesitate to contact your Media Teacher or Careers Advisor.