Film and Media

PAC Film and Media students are exposed to a range of media forms including traditional channels of film, television and radio, as well as new formats encompassing social media. Students learn to analyse the meaning of film and evaluate the representation of themes and character in both written and practical forms. Media students develop and refine practical skills within the entire production process including writing, storyboarding, planning, scouting, casting, production and post-production editing. Practical and written assessment is based on student’s creative expression, critical thinking and analysis of the creation of meaning in film.

‘We are now seeing a revolution in access to moving image media that is comparable to the post-Gutenberg revolution in access to the written word. Society as a whole has only just begun to explore the implications of widespread access to the means of production and distribution of moving images… But in the longer term, this revolution promises enormous opportunities, as well as challenges, for education.’

Dr. Cary Bazalgette
Former Head of Education
British Film Institute, 2009

Moving images have become a ubiquitous element of our cultural landscape. The development of digital technologies over the past twenty years has meant that now, more than ever, Film and Media Arts have a reach that Thomas Edison and the Lumiere brothers might only have dreamed of. From traditional distribution channels such as cinema and television, through to the emergence of on-demand streaming services and YouTube, the ability to view and create content is now available to anyone, for better or worse.

At PAC, Film and Media Arts courses provide students with an invaluable opportunity to understand and participate in this global cultural phenomenon. At the heart of every unit is a rigorous academic program which develops understanding of the rich history and theory that informs moving image production. Alongside this theoretical grounding is a focus on developing students’ abilities to “read” moving images for their deeper meaning; students explore the ways in which moving images, both past and present, act as representations of people, cultures and ideas. Finally, students develop a sound understanding of production skills and techniques focusing on safe, responsible, respectful and relevant use of digital technologies and story development.

At Year 10, students study the Australian Curriculum for Media Arts.

At Years 11 and 12, the IB Film course is offered, with many students taking the course for SACE credit.

The Units of Study in Film and Media include:

  • Production skills (one focus per unit): Cinematography, Editing, Sound, Design, Directing, Writing (Years 10-12)
  • Film Analysis (throughout each unit) (Years 10-12)
  • Silent Comedy (Year 10)
  • Australian Cinema & Indigenous Representation (Year 10)
  • Documentaries & Podcasting (Year 10)
  • Asian Cinema (Kurosawa) (Year 10)
  • Genre Study (Westerns) (Year 10)
  • Director Study (Hitchcock) (Year 10)
  • Early Silent Cinema (Years 11-12)
  • Late Silent Cinema (Years 11-12)
  • Sound & The Golden Years of Hollywood (Years 11-12)
  • Postwar Cinema (Years 11-12)
  • Contemporary Cinema (Years 11-12)
  • Digital Film (Years 11-12)