Media (A/T/M)

students at Gungahlin College

Course information

Media students at Gungahlin College have the opportunity to analyse and produce a range of television, film, print and digital media. The media course provides students with a real world introduction to possible careers in film, television, multimedia, journalism, sound design, special effects, motion graphics, and media production. Students gain experience using industry standard digital media solutions, including the television studio, digital editing suites and a variety of cameras used in the media industry. Media students are also introduced to special effects compositing and motion graphics, utilising the television studio green screen and dedicated special effects software. Students work collaboratively on practical projects, working as directors, camera operators, sound designers, vision switchers, editors, writers and storyboard artists. Media is a subject which focuses on communication skills, creativity, technology and working with others.

Post-school pathways

Do you enjoy or are you good at Media Studies? (pdf, 110kb)

Workload expectation

All Media units have an emphasis on practical work with the inclusion of written analytical tasks as well as the inclusion of an assignment that documents the creating process.

Course pattern

Available as a Minor, Major, Major-Minor

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Media Foundation

2

Film Genre Studies

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Media Foundation

2

Film Genre Studies

3

Video Production

4

Process to Production

Note: Media Foundation is suggested as the first unit of study. Most units do not have pre-requisites, except Process to Production which requires students to have successfully completed at least two standard units of media.

Unit descriptions

Media Foundation

This introductory unit is designed to provide new Media students with a foundation for the commencement of media studies. Students will learn about the media industry and develop practical skills in camera operation, editing and post-production.

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.

Video Production

This unit focuses on the practical aspects of video production, building on skills in camera operation, video editing, sound design, motion graphics, directing and scriptwriting. The unit concludes with the final production of a large piece of work which is screened to a public audience.

Documentary

The focus of this unit is to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the documentary genre. They will study film and television documentaries and develop and produce your own original documentaries.

Motion  Graphics and Special Effects

The focus of this unit is to explore and develop the fundamental concepts and techniques used in the production of motion graphics and special effects for film and television. The practical component of this unit focuses on 2D and 2.5D motion graphics production, using software such as Adobe After Effects.

Television Fiction

This unit explores the social, cultural and aesthetic impact of narrative-based, fictional forms of television, through a study of television genres. Fictional forms of television genres to study may include sitcom, soap opera, drama, science fiction, action, and, children’s television.

Process to Production (Year 12 Only)

This unit is designed to provide Media students with the opportunity to showcase the skills acquired through prior units by producing a significant media project in their chosen medium.  Students may produce an original idea or adapt an existing work in the medium of their choice.


GCTV

Gungahlin College Television (GCTV) features a variety of works from our Media students, including short films, animations, television shows, documentaries, and music videos. Each year our Media students also hold public screenings, which include Cinema 6 (a collaboration between media and drama students) and Project XII (Year 12 final projects).

Visit the GCTV Youtube Channel