Media (T/A)

Media is a unique art form that influences our perception and understanding of the world. The study of media enables learners to engage with innovative thinkers and practitioners and to experience media as producers and audience members.

In the making of media products, students learn about:

  • media codes and conventions
  • representation
  • workflow end-to-end production
  • technology
  • production process
  • how to engage an audience

Students will develop an informed critical appreciation of media products, considering media practices, elements, genres, styles, production, techniques and conventions in the construction of meaning. The study of media equips students with communication skills while also providing continuity with many tertiary and industry courses.

 The course is comprised of four standard 1.0 units, which will be selected in consultation with the classroom teacher according to available resources, student needs and interests. The units include teacher-directed work and student initiated major works.

Assessment Requirements

  • Media Logbook or Pre-production materials that could include: screenshots and photos of practical exercises and demonstrates, scripts, storyboards, investigation of specific techniques, technology, reflect on approaches that influence their class activities or documentation of their major works.
  • a major work or series of student-directed works in the form of a multimedia product
  • a written task which may take the forms of a report, essay or research task (800 – 1500 word limit)

The units below are designed for teaching at both ‘T’ and ‘A’ levels. Students studying at ‘T’ level cover the same content, but in greater detail. It is also expected they will develop their skills more than students studying at ‘A’ level and this will be reflected in the assessment for individual units.


Media Foundation­

 This unit introduces technical, symbolic and narrative elements, as well as production and media issues. This also investigates the codes and conventions applicable to the study of communication theory. It is designed as a generalist unit – in which the basic codes and conventions of media communication and production are identified and developed.  Students will evaluate their creative process through pre-production, production, post-production and distribution.


Film Genre Studies

 The focus of this unit is to explore a modern method of film studies that assesses the role of the audience, the industry and the artist in creating influential genres of film production. Students will explore a wide range of cultural and historical transformations of popular genres such as science fiction, crime and action. Students will create their own media product and evaluate and reflect on the production process through pre-production, production and post-production.


Popular Cultural

The focus of this unit is to examine the concept of culture, ideology, systems of representation and the role of media in a cultural context. Students will undertake a study of popular culture, its links with media organisations and the nature of specific popular culture sectors such as the music industry, cyber culture, augmented reality, emerging technologies and mass marketing.  It focuses on theory (communication, history, issues) and skill development for the creation of media products in a variety of mediums and a range of genres and target audiences.


Process to Production

This unit explores the development of production from beginning to end. It focuses on developing students’ skills in pre-production, production and post-production.  Students are required to work independently on one production for the duration of the semester.  It is considered to be a final unit in media production. Students will critically evaluate their creative process through pre-production, production and post-production.

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