Why Study Film, Television and New Media ???

Film, television and new media are our primary sources of information and entertainment. They are important channels for education and cultural exchange. They are fundamental to our self-expression and representation as individuals and as communities. Moving-image media enable us to understand and express ourselves as Australian and global citizens, consumers, workers and imaginative beings. They also provide a means to connect with and learn about our own and other cultures and practices.

Critical literacy skills, used within the techniques and processes of moving-image media production and use, enable students to think, question, create and communicate by designing, producing and critiquing film, television (TV) and new media products. These skills are not only of vocational value, but they also facilitate informed and social participation.

Moving-image media production and use has always been an evolving field with continual changes in practices and processes. The latest evolutions have occurred as a result of digitisation and the new practices of repurposing content, producing non-linearity, sampling, interactivity and manipulation. While it does not replace the many ways people create and consume analogue media, digitisation has contributed to the field through blending and converging analogue and digital practices and processes to provide some new media forms and extend the possibilities available to producers and users.

Investigating ‘new’ media is more than just investigating changes in technology and the ways it is used — it deals with existing technologies and developments in formats, genres and ways of representing the world. It also involves examining the ‘new’ ways in which local and global communities interact with and through the media as well as ‘new’ issues associated with access, ownership, control and regulation. To reflect these continuities, changing practices and processes of production and use, the title of this course of study, is
Film, Television and New Media.

The ‘information’ and ‘creative’ industries that produce, distribute and exhibit entertaining, informative and educational content are already among the largest employers and drivers of the economy in many countries. Their significance in our lives seems set only to increase, given that moving-image media will play an increasingly prominent part in our work and leisure. Students, therefore, need to be equipped with the necessary critical and creative skills.
Students study Film, Television and New Media through five key concepts that operate in the contexts of production and use. These key concepts, which draw on a range of contemporary media theories, are: technologies, representations, audiences, institutions, and languages.