Drouin Secondary College - Course Selection

12 VCE Media Studies (12AME1)

The Course

Unit 3: Media Narratives and Pre-production

In this unit students explore stories that circulate in society through media narratives. They consider the use of media codes and conventions to structure meaning, and how this construction is influenced by the social, cultural, ideological and institutional contexts of production, distribution, consumption and reception. Students assess how audiences from different periods of time and contexts are engaged by, consume and read narratives using appropriate media language. Narratives are defined as the depiction of a chain of events in a cause and effect relationship occurring in physical and/or virtual space and time in non-fictional and fictional media products.
Students use the pre-production stage of the media production process to design the production of a media product for a specified audience. They investigate a media form that aligns with their interests and intent, developing an understanding of the media codes and conventions appropriate to audience engagement, consumption and reception within the selected media form. They explore and experiment with media technologies to develop skills in their selected media form, reflecting on and documenting their progress.
Students undertake pre-production processes appropriate to their selected media form and develop written and visual documentation to support the production and post-production of a media product in Unit 4.


Unit 4: Media Production and Issues in the Media

In this unit students focus on the production and post-production stages of the media production process, bringing the media production design created in Unit 3 to its realisation. They refine their media production in response to feedback and through personal reflection, documenting the iterations of their production as they work towards completion. Students explore the relationship between the media and audiences, focusing on the opportunities and challenges afforded by current developments in the media industry. They consider the nature of communication between the media and audiences, explore the capacity of the media to be used by governments, institutions and audiences, and analyse the role of the Australian government in regulating the media.

Percentage contributions to the study score in VCE Media are as follows:

• Unit 3 School-assessed Coursework: 10 per cent

• Unit 4 School-assessed Coursework: 10 per cent

• School-assessed Task: 40 per cent

• End-of-year examination: 40 per cent.


The maturity level of topics studied will be appropriate for students aged 16 and above.

Unit 3 Topics

Unit 4 Topics

Learning and Assessment Activities


These units lead to

University or TAFE study of Media and Media related subjects, leading to employment in creative industries like film-making, journalism, design, media planner, multi-media specialist and public relations.

Special considerations

It is advised that students have undertaken year 10 and Unit 1 & 2 Media, however it is not essential. Students who have already completed Units 1 & 2 will have developed skills and knowledge which will improve their ability to create quality works within Units 3 & 4 of this subject.

Costs involved

Possible excursion (approx. $20)

Product specific materials costs may vary.

Materials required

For further information see...

Mrs Moss, Mr Trew

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