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Rationale and Aims


The Media Arts curriculum encompasses the fields of media, art and design. In Media Arts, students create visual representations that communicate, challenge and express their own and others’ ideas, as both artist and audience. They develop their perceptual and conceptual understandings, critical reasoning and practical skills through exploring the world through the media arts. Students learn about the role of the artist and designer, their contribution to society, and the significance of the creative industries. Media Arts has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich the lives of students, encouraging them to develop their creative and intellectual potential.

In Media Arts students make and respond using Media Arts knowledge, understanding and skills to represent meaning associated with personal and global views, and intrinsic and extrinsic worlds. Media Arts engages students in discovery, experimentation and problem-solving, and the development of perception about visual images, sound and text. Students utilise techniques, technologies, practices and processes with images, sound and text and become increasingly confident and proficient in achieving their personal visual aesthetic, and appreciating and valuing that of others.

Media Arts supports students to view the world through various lenses and contexts. They recognise the significance of Media Arts histories, theories and practices, exploring and responding to artists, craftspeople and designers and their artworks. They apply Media Arts knowledge in order to make critical judgments about their own importance as artists and audiences. Learning in the Media Arts helps students to develop understandings of their own and other cultures, and their responsibilities as global citizens. 


The Media Arts curriculum aims to develop students’:

  • conceptual and perceptual ideas and representations through design and inquiry processes
  • understanding of the use of the techniques, materials, processes and technologies
  • critical and creative thinking skills, Media Arts languages, knowledge of Media Arts theories and practices
  • respect for and acknowledgement of the diverse roles, innovations, traditions, histories and cultures of artists, designers, commentators and critics
  • understanding of Media Arts social, cultural and industry practices
  • confidence, curiosity, imagination, enjoyment and a personal aesthetic. 
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