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Unit 1

VCE Media Unit 1 explores media representation and media technology. During the course you will be involved in both studying media texts and creating your own media products. As noted in the VCE Media Study Design: “In this unit students develop an understanding of the relationship between the media, technology and the representations present in media forms. They study the relationships between media technologies, audiences and society. Students develop practical and analytical skills, including an understanding of the contribution of codes and conventions to the creation of meaning in media products, the role and significance of selection processes in their construction, the role audiences play in constructing meaning from media representations, and the creative and cultural impact of new media technologies.” Here are some activities, lessons and ideas for students studying VCE Media Unit 1.

Representations of Villains

Representations of Villains

All media texts – whether they’re documentaries, television news segments or newspaper articles – are constructed. Films…

New media documentary

New media documentary

For this task, you are going to create a three minute documentary about a form of new…

Representations in film

Representations in film

Filmmakers can use a number of techniques to establish and develop characters. Their choice of camera techniques,…

Unit 1 Outline

Unit 1 Outline

VCE Media Unit 1 explores media representation and media technology. During the course you will be involved…

Representation

Representation

A representation is a constructed media text. Representations can take many forms, including: radio segments, newspaper articles,…

Side by Side

Side by Side

Side by Side is a documentary by Chris Kenneally which looks at the development of digital filmmaking…

Grindhouse Poster

Grindhouse Poster

Ever wanted to create your own grindhouse style poster? Maybe you’re remixing the poster for an existing…

Kony 2012

Kony 2012

Kony 2012 is an online video created by a group of activists aiming to have a Ugandan war criminal…

Wikileaks

Wikileaks

WikiLeaks is a website that publishes secret documents revealing the misconduct of governments and corporations. In its first…

PressPausePlay

PressPausePlay

PressPausePlay is a documentary exploring the possibilities and problems posed by increasing access to digital technology. “Everybody’s a…

Representation

For Outcome 1, you will examine how different things – such as people places, organisations and ideas – are represented in the media. You will learn about how media representations are constructed using a complex series of codes and conventions. While these media representations may seem realistic, we have to remember that they are merely constructions and therefore different from our direct experience of reality.

Gender in Advertising

Gender in Advertising

When it comes to representations of gender, advertisers often fall back on well established gender stereotypes. ACTIVITY…

Gender in Movie Posters

Gender in Movie Posters

Movie posters are a type of representation. As we have discussed in class, representations can reflect the…

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Technologies of Representation

Grindhouse Poster

Grindhouse Poster

Ever wanted to create your own grindhouse style poster? Maybe you’re remixing the poster for an existing…

Noir Comics

Noir Comics

As part of their VCE Media studies, my students are creating their own film-noir style comics in…

Photo Retouching

Photo Retouching

Here you’ll learn some of the techniques that magazine editors and advertisers use to make models look…

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New Media

Kony 2012

Kony 2012

Kony 2012 is an online video created by a group of activists aiming to have a Ugandan war criminal…

New media documentary

New media documentary

For this task, you are going to create a three minute documentary about a form of new…

PressPausePlay

PressPausePlay

PressPausePlay is a documentary exploring the possibilities and problems posed by increasing access to digital technology. “Everybody’s a…

Read more...