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Media arts / Year 9 and 10

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Curriculum content descriptions

Manipulate media representations to identify and examine social and cultural values and beliefs, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACAMAM074)

  • exploring cultural, social and environmental issues represented in the media and re-imagining and remixing alternate versions to present a variety of viewpoints
  • utilising the techniques of ‘culture jamming’ to change the meanings of well-known media artworks such as popular advertisements
  • Considering viewpoints – evaluations: For example – How do the technical and symbolic elements in an artwork evoke a personal response? How can I change meaning through ‘culture jamming’?
  • experimenting with images, sounds and text to develop representations of current social issues
  • exploring the communication of cultural and social values in Australian music videos, such as those by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, for consideration in their own work
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Beliefs,  Media influence,  Aboriginal art,  Torres Strait Islander art

Teacher resource

Poster art

This is a compilation of three teaching sequences about posters as media art. It includes sections on the purpose and core elements of posters, the use of health campaigns to raise awareness of health issues, the use of public health posters to address health issues of the day, and different presentations of malaria health ...

Interactive Resource

Chance and choice: a survivor's story

This is an interactive resource in which students analyse Holocaust survivor Lusia Haberfeld's testimony to identify whether her survival occurred by chance or because of specific choices, and present their findings as a video project. The resource begins with questions about the poem ‘Could have’ by Wislawa Szymborska, ...

Teacher resource

Arts dialogue - Kosuke Ikeda and Alicia King

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore collaborative arts programmes between Australian and the countries of Asia using the examples of the Asialink residents, visual artists, Kosuke Ikeda and Alicia King. The teacher notes provide additional online ...

Moving Image

Sharing stories: community

This is a rich resource about the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' communities and identities. It consists of an introduction; a teacher guide; a film, 'My people, the Karajarri people', made by Wynston Shoveller about the Mowla Bluff massacre in the Kimberley region in 1916; and a video interview ...

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The key to media's hidden codes: Ben Beaton

This is a video lesson about the codes, hidden messages and symbolism used in media content and the effects they produce. Prepared and narrated by educator Ben Beaton, the video describes what constitutes a code and identifies three broad types of code: symbolic, written and technical. Each code is further categorised into ...

Moving Image

Twelve canoes: our ancestors

This is a rich resource about the ancestors of the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land and the Madayin, the Law for all living that the Old People followed. Its centrepiece is a short film narrated by a Yolngu storyteller that tells how the Law applied to growing up, initiation, marriage, hunting and harvesting food, ...


Forty Thousand Horsemen, 1940: 'What are we fighting for?'

This black-and-white clip shows the Australian Light Horse in Palestine during the First World War. It opens with a long shot of Australian military horsemen coming over dunes in the desert with the distinctive emu feather plumes in their hats and carrying their bayonets. This shot is accompanied by stirring orchestral ...

Moving Image

A humorous look at the seriousness of video games

Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw comments on video games in a unique, unpredictable and often subversive way. He creates short animations by combining crude two-dimensional images, photographs and other visual elements with a few musical elements and his own rapid narration. He then publishes them online. The tone is humorous but ...


John Curtin's Australian Journalists Association badge, 2007

Prime Minister John Curtin's journalistic instincts came in handy during World War II when he kept the media onside with secret press briefings. He wore his AJA badge every day he was in office. 'John Curtin's Australian Journalists Association badge' is an episode from the series 'The prime ministers' national treasures', ...


Puberty Blues, 1981: 'Will you go out with me?'

This clip shows Sue (Jad Capelja) and Debbie (Nell Schofield) as they run to meet the tough surfie chicks who will take them to meet a group of boys. Music accompanies the scene as the group of girls, one of them riding a white horse, walk to 'the paddock' where a group of teenage boys are lounging around under the trees. ...


Forty Thousand Horsemen, 1940: The Australians are coming

This black-and-white clip shows graphic scenes of the charge of the Australian Light Horse down a sand dune onto the trenches of the Turkish enemy below. The soundtrack includes a bugle call, the sound of gunfire and shells, the pounding of hooves and shouts and horses whinnying. Among the melee of the charge one soldier's ...


Romper Stomper, 1992: White power

This clip shows Hando (Russell Crowe) as he walks to the refrigerator on the morning after a party. He steps over a sleeping body on the floor of his warehouse home. His friend Flea (Stephen Hall) says goodbye from the doorway. Hando follows him out and they exchange a Nazi salute. Another friend, Davey (Daniel Pollock), ...