Visual Literacy: Cineliteracy (KCDE2101)


This unit of study aims to introduce students to the theory and practice of media and cineliteracy as part of an approach to enhancing general literacy skills. The term 'cineliteracy' refers primarily to critical reading, understanding and response to the moving image: drama, film, documentary, television, video and various forms of computer based digital media - and involves an awareness and understanding of the concepts and vocabulary needed to critically analyse the language of the moving image. Students will critically analyse and deconstruct meaning in film, as a way of understanding cultural bias, diversity and agency in society. A large component of this unit is to constructively and critically understand major characteristics and events of the history of filmmaking by, for, and about Aboriginal people in Australia.

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film study (20%) and presentation (30%) and discussion paper (20%) and film script (30%)

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Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)

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