The Year Eight Media course is designed to introduce students to the basics of Media, specifically film and television.
In understanding the way messages are communicated and received, it is intended that students grow in their understanding of how Christian Worldview is communicated and how it affects the interpretation of information.
The course begins with the foundational understanding of how messages are sent and received using various mediums. Students develop their understanding of the ways that messages are communicated, are trained and encouraged to adopt a more discerning approach to the messages being communicated and to analyse their own media consumption habits.
Students use high definition, hard-drive video cameras, and basic Kodak digital cameras, and edit on Adobe software provided on student laptops. The study of Media at this level can lead on to further study in the Year Nine and Ten and Senior High Media Studies, but it can also provide all students with valuable skills in using media for a variety of purposes in all subjects.
Media is a key communication tool used in western society to shape culture.
A study of Media in Year Nine and Ten seeks to develop students’ ability to recognise and discern, as well as proficiently utilise, the techniques and tools that the media uses to inform, influence opinions, and create action and change.
Students are encouraged to evaluate media practices from a Biblical worldview. The media is a key influence in the development of story and truth in our culture. Students, then, are encouraged to discern whose truth and whose story the media is portraying. They are encouraged to be a positive influence for change in their world through their development and use of their own media skills to tell their own stories. These skills include practical skills such as production planning, scriptwriting, camera work, directing and editing. The practical skills are underpinned by a strong theoretical understanding of common media practices and purposes.
All Media students are expected to spend time each week, in addition to their allocated class time, working on their tasks – either at home, or at school during break times and/or after hours.
God calls us to be wise as serpents and as gentle as doves (Matthew 10:16). For this reason, it is important for students to be taught to discern what messages are being conveyed and assisted to develop skills to communicate purposeful, positive messages to others. Media students learn, not only how to decipher and filter the messages they are bombarded with daily, but how to create meaning and convey alternative perspectives effectively.
Studying Media and the way messages are created and conveyed can be of benefit to all professions. Senior High Media is especially suited for students considering the following careers: script writer, journalist, advertising executive, graphic designer, radio announcer, camera operator, photographer, sound engineer, lighting technician, video editor, video director, producer, film critic and film reviewer. However, there are many and varied roles to be filled in the evolving world of Media and the skills built throughout the course are transferable to a range of careers.
Senior High Media emphasises a hands-on and group-work approach to video and television production, supported and underpinned by a sound knowledge and understanding of the theory behind the practice. Each semester, students produce a project which incorporates all stages of production: pre-production (planning), production (filming) and post-production (editing). The genre and task varies depending on the students in the class and their interests as well as current school events and film competitions.
Senior High Media runs on a 2-year cycle with a combined class of Year Eleven and Year Twelve students.