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Media arts / Year 9 and 10

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Curriculum content descriptions

Analyse a range of media artworks from contemporary and past times to explore differing viewpoints and enrich their media arts making, starting with Australian media artworks, including media artworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and international media artworks (ACAMAR079)

  • examining NITV (National Indigenous TV) news and sports programs to explore how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives create and challenge views in mainstream stories
  • investigating the differences between government regulation and self-regulation, for example, researching Australia’s classification system and its relationship to audience, and explaining how it affects themselves and the production and reception of media artworks
  • research viral marketing campaigns and examine the social and ethical implications that arise in relation to choice of different platforms as drivers of distribution
  • Considering viewpoints – critical theories: For example – What are the social and ethical implications of a viral marketing campaign?
  • explore the role of media makers in challenging prevailing views on issues of contemporary relevance, for example, social and cultural issues presented in Australian film and television
  • identifying a variety of ways in which media can be produced, including through sole digital producers, cross-media organisations, public and private sector, and multinational organisations
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Media influence,  Aboriginal art,  Australian art,  Torres Strait Islander art,  Community theatre,  Historical settings (Narratives)

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Twelve canoes: first white men

This is a multilayered resource about conflict between the Yolngu people of the Arafura Swamp region of north-east Arnhem Land and white pastoralists who attempted to set up cattle stations on Yolngu land between 1885 and 1908. Its centrepiece is a short film narrated by a Yolngu storyteller who describes a mass poisoning, ...

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 ...

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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, ...

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Twelve canoes: language

This is a rich resource about the languages of the Yolngu clans of north-east Arnhem Land. Its centrepiece is a short film narrated by a Yolngu storyteller, who describes why different clans have different languages and how the languages differ from each other and from English. He explains how language defines the individual ...

Teacher resource

New arts media - cultural crossovers

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore the emergence of new media arts and explores some of the key artists in the region, including ‪Kush Badhwar‬ and ‪Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad. The teacher notes provide additional online resources and pedagogical ...

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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 ...

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Behind the scenes

This is a resource that focuses on video interviews with artists and staff at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), featuring teenagers as interviewees. Specific sections of each video can be located through browsing a hierarchy of Interview (subject and title), Topic and Question. This resource features interviews with Pixar's ...

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Twelve canoes: ThomsonTime

This is a rich resource about anthropologist Donald Thomson and the time he spent with the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land in 1935 and 1937. Its centrepiece is a short film narrated by a Yolngu storyteller describing how Thomson brought peace to the area, aided by Mildjingi clansman Raiwalla; how he studied and ...

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I am at the beach: excerpts from Tim Winton's 'The Land's Edge'

The resource is a video of people reminiscing about their pleasurable experiences of going to the beach. The beach is a common theme in the life experience and stories of Australian writer Tim Winton (b1960). The video introduces numerous text excerpts from Winton's story 'The Land's Edge'. There is also a transcript of ...


The Bridge

This website accompanies the Australian documentary ‘The Bridge’ (Dir: Nasht, 2007). The Film section of the menu includes a synopsis, background, bio of the filmmakers, credits, links to further reading and a For Teachers section (including PDF Teachers Notes). The menu also contains several sections on the building of ...

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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 ...


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', ...