Course Title: Video Art 1a

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Video Art 1a

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010

Course Coordinator: Dominic Redfern

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2022

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course covers the historical genesis, theoretical basis and technical aspects of video art practice. It encourages the development of a critical discourse between students and the history of video art practice as it relates to installation and screening-based modes of exhibition. Practical and strategic skills are re-enforced through a series of exercises.

The practical demands of video production are contexualised via a program of integrated screenings, class discussions and gallery visits. The material covered adopts an inclusive approach to the breadth of moving image production to draw upon examples from cinema, television, video art and the pervasive presence of video technology in the home, work and public arenas.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Through the study of Video Art students will be able to:
1. Recognise and develop ideas for video art projects
2. Be proficient in all stages of production relevant to the focus of their video practice
3. Have an understanding of the history and impact of moving image technologies and develop insight into the scope of such technologies linguistic applications.
4. Develop the critical faculties for audio/visual analysis.
5. Successfully execute a solo video art project from conception to exhibition.

Overview of Learning Activities

Technical Workshops
The technical component provides: an overview of the use of cameras and recorders; training in the correct and creative use of available and artificial lighting; training in the technology and formal techniques of digital non-linear editing; training in video installation techniques such as video distribution amplifiers, expanded notions of video feedback and monitor manipulation.

Screening Program
Student’s critical faculties will be cultivated through the discussion of student work and historical examples in a forum environment to encourage an expansive and lateral approach to the reading and production of screen culture.

Lecture Topics
Lecture topics include: The Portapak and the Beginning of Video Art; The Relationship of Cinema to Video Art; Theory and Practice of Image Sequencing: The Monitor as an Object.

Overview of Learning Resources

Media Arts Computer Lab 5.3.32.
Media Arts Theatrete 7.3.13
RMIT Library AV collection
RMIT Library Book and Periodical Collection

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is based on a series of exercises spread across the semester as well as student’s contribution to classroom activities. All students attend the workshops and reviews held throughout the year to present their work for group feedback and to see/listen to other students work.