Teaching Media Arts

Make note of some of the information available in your subject area on the the ACARA website.

You could include information such as the range of subjects included in your learning area, the structure of the F-10 and the senior secondary curriculum, the types of information available (rationale, aims, key ideas, structure etc), and any other relevant material that helps your understanding of your subject/s.

Media Arts is found in the broader learning area of The Arts, along with Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts.

According to the Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts paper:

The Australian Curriculum for the Arts will be based on the assumption that all young Australians are entitled to engage with the five Arts subjects and should be given an opportunity to experience the special knowledge and skills base of each.

  • All students will study the five Arts subjects — dance, drama, media arts, music and visual arts — from Foundation to the end of primary school. Schools will be best placed to determine how this will occur.
  • From the first year of secondary school, students will have an opportunity to experience some Arts subjects in greater depth and to specialise in one or more Arts subjects.Screenshot (7)

Other important principles include:

  • Each subject will be organised in bands: Foundation to Year 2, Years 3–4 and so on though to Years 11–12.
  • Allocation of time for teaching the Arts learning area will be a school-based decision. Notional hours for each band of schooling will guide the writers of the Australian Arts Curriculum to include 160 hours across Years 9–10.
  • Schools are best placed to determine how learning in the Arts will be delivered. These decisions will take account of the different approaches that can be taken for each subject in the Arts. For example, some subjects in the Arts require frequent brief tuition while others require more intense immersion less frequently.
  • Each subject in the Arts is unique, with its own discrete knowledge, symbols, language, processes and skills.

And most importantly, I think:

In broad terms, learning in the Arts involves making and responding. Students learn as artists, by making art works that communicate to audiences. They learn as audiences, by responding critically to the Arts. These actions are taught together as each depends on the other. Making and responding will provide overarching organisers for the Arts curriculum and will provide a consistent structure for generalist teachers.

 

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