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VCE Media Studies


This study provides students with the opportunity to examine the media in both historical and contemporary contexts while developing skills in media design and production in a range of media forms. VCE Media provides students with the opportunity to analyse media concepts, forms and products in an informed and critical way. They examine debates about the media’s role in contributing to and influencing society. Students integrate these aspects of the study through the individual design and production of their media representations, narratives and products. This study leads to pathways for further theoretical and/or practical study at tertiary level or in vocational education and training settings; including screen and media, marketing and advertising, games and interactive media, communication and writing, graphic and communication design, photography and animation.

This study enables students to:

  • investigate and analyse their and others’ experience of the media

  • examine the relationship between audiences and the media

  • understand the codes and conventions that are used to construct media narratives and products

  • develop an understanding of traditional and contemporary media forms, products, institutions and industries through theoretical study and practical application

  • analyse media stories and narratives to understand how meaning is constructed and how audiences are engaged

  • develop the capacity to investigate, examine and evaluate debates around the role of contemporary media and its implications for society

  • develop and refine skills in the design, production, evaluation and critical analysis of media products in a range of contexts and forms for different audiences.

Prior Learning: No prerequisites for Unit 1, 2 and 3; but students must undertake Unit 3 prior to Unit 4.


Units 1 and 2: Individual school decision on levels of achievement.

Units 3 and 4:  

School assessed coursework (20%)

School Assessed Task (40%)

End-of-year Examination (40%)



  • Proof and number 

  • Graph theory  

  • Logic and algorithm 

  • Sequences and series 

  • Combinatorics  

  • Matrices 

  • Simulations, sampling and sampling  distributions  

  • Trigonometry 

  • Transformations 

  • Vectors in the plane  

  • Complex numbers   

  • Functions, relations and graphs 

UNIT 3: Media narratives and pre-production

UNIT 4: Media production and issues in the media

Students 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 use the pre-production stage of the media production process to design the production of a media product for a specified audience.  

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.  


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