MCDArts Part 1 - Subject Units

Diploma of Arts Subject Units

Diploma of Arts - Part 1

MCD1350 Media Studies A: Film Studies


How is Australian identity and nationality constructed through the film and television industry? Has Australian cinema asserted a specific and identifiable national industry? What are the characteristics of Australian screen culture? What are some of the national myths and archetypes that define Australia in terms of race and gender? What texts feature most prominently in the Australian screen landscape? How does the Australian film and television industry operate in relation to other national and global cinema practices? These are the major questions that will be explored as we take a fascinating journey through some iconic Australian screen productions.



Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:

1. Employ techniques to generate ideas, research a topic and structure
    argumentation in an academic essay format.
2. Have developed techniques of argumentation and providing supporting
    evidence and examples.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact that practices of representation
    on the Australian screen has on the ways we perceive ourselves individually
    and as a nation.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which industrial factors can
    influence film content.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of film elements and how they
    convey or construct meaning.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of how Australian screen practices operate in
    relation to other global screen based industries

Assessment Task


Within semester assessment




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MCD1570 Introduction to Academic Writing
MCD1110 Data Analysis
MCD1360 Media Studies B: Mass Communication and Modern World
MCD1540 Intercultural Business Communication
MCD1580 Introduction to Psychology
MCD1590 The Modern World