For the first time, media arts, one of the five strands of the Arts curriculum, was to become a compulsory subject for primary school students. This will no longer be the case if the Review’s recommendations are adopted by the government. The Review recommends removing media arts from the mandatory arts strands, and “substantially reducing” its content. Rather than being an integrated part of the arts curriculum, media arts would become a “stand alone” subject. Further implicit in the Review is the assumption that some media arts content will be, or already being, covered in other learning areas “such as English, health and physical education, history and technologies”.
This is not only wrongheaded: it is ignorant of the essential role that media arts plays in digital media literacy education.