Standard 2 of the standards for teachers includes ‘know the content and how to teach it’, so a deep understanding of the purpose and methods of the teaching of the Victorian arts curriculum is essential to the role of teaching in secondary schools. The Victorian arts curriculum is divided into 6 disciplines, including media arts.
Within the media arts discipline there are four strands:
- Explore and represent ideas
- Media arts practices
- Present and perform
- Respond and interpret (VCAA, 2021)
These apply to all year levels of secondary schooling from year 7 to 10.
There is some cross over between the arts methods, with media arts including aspects of visual art and design. The aim is to explore and represent ideas, to challenge and interrogate those, including all media representations. The practice of creating media arts products is also an important aspect, where students are developing key media skills across a broad range of hardware and software, including cameras, animation software, lighting, editing and publishing. The practice of creating deepens the understanding of the representation of ideas through experiential learning and has a double effect of enhancing insights into how those ideas are represented.
The present and perform aspects of media are crucial where all of us are now creators and publishers of content. How and where our media art is delivered to the audience and who this audience is, is an important aspect of the development of skills and the media practitioner. These feed into the four strands of media, particularly the respond and interpret category. The experience of presenting and performing is key in building empathy to respond to the intentions of the media, and interpret their intended, or even unintended commentary.
The 5 key areas of media that students are intended to develop both knowledge and understanding of are:
– the media languages used to tell stories
– the technologies which are essential for producing, accessing and distributing media
– the various institutions that enable and constrain media production and use
– the audiences for whom media arts products are made and who respond as consumers, citizens and creative individuals
– the constructed representations of the world, which rely on shared and disputed social values and beliefs.
The resources on this website are targeted at secondary school from year 7, students are intended to be building on their understanding of media progressively at each level. Media arts is a subject that investigates more hybrid technologies, these include but aren’t limited to movies, television, text, games, mass media including news, newspapers and the practice of creating the media products as well. It draws from a range of cultures, and considers the local, global, social and cultural context of the works to develop a sophisticated understanding of the role that the media arts has in the world. Students gain an understanding of their own identity and themselves as artists and audience and how to navigate a mediated world.