The Arts: Media Arts
Years 7 and 8
Summary of task
Students studied the communicative power of technical elements used in Media Arts as part of a unit of work on the documentary Contact (2009) by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler. They explored and analysed the technical elements of voice-over, music, sound effects and textual techniques in the documentary. They wrote analytical paragraphs as part of an assessment during the 10-week unit. They also explored ethical and subjective viewpoints in response to the documentary. They later used the techniques they had explored in the making of their own short documentaries for a school audience.
By the end of Year 8, students identify and analyse how representations of social values and points of view are portrayed in the media artworks they make, distribute and view. They evaluate how they and other makers and users of media artworks from different cultures, times and places use genre and media conventions and technical and symbolic elements to make meaning. They identify and analyse the social and ethical responsibility of the makers and users of media artworks.
Students produce representations of social values and points of view in media artworks for particular audiences and contexts. They use genre and media conventions and shape technical and symbolic elements for specific purposes and meaning. They collaborate with others in design and production processes, and control equipment and technologies to achieve their intentions.
Identifies interview as a media convention used in the documentary
Defines the media convention of interview
Explains a benefit of using an interview
Uses a specific example of interview from the documentary
Understands that interview can give perspectives about the past
Identifies the technical element of music used in the documentary
Explains that music can be used to evoke emotions
Gives a specific example to show how music is used to show contrast between cultures in the documentary
Uses a specific example of how music can further communicate emotional content
Analyses the symbolic meaning of music
Identifies the technical element of archival footage used in the documentary
Defines the technical element of archival footage
Explains that voice-over gives extra information to the audience
Uses a specific example of archival footage
Analyses the effects of archival footage in the documentary
Asserts that technical elements work together to engage an audience in the documentary