Course Title: Video Art

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Video Art

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Dominic Redfern

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2022

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Moving Image Technique 1 VART1594

NB there is no technology component to this course, technique is discussed but there is no instruction in the use of software or cameras.

Course Description

This course examines the history, culture and conceptual framework of video art practice and applies it to your own art-making. It encourages you to critically discuss the broader context of video art. This is realised through a series of projects that encourage critical engagement with video art practice. The learning takes place through a program of integrated screenings, lectures, class discussions and project work.

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. Lecture topics include: the Portapak and the beginnings of video art; the relationship of cinema to video art; theory and practice of image sequencing; the monitor as an object.

You will critique your own work and the work of your peers using the skills developed in the discussion of historical examples. The sharpening of these critical facilities is considered an essential part of the course. To this end an inclusive and open atmosphere is fostered through supportive, practical and critical feedback modelled by the lecturer.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

• Recognise and develop ideas for video art projects
• Discuss cinematic and televisual culture and their relationship to video art
• Articulate the history and impact of video technologies on contemporary arts practice
• Critically analyse audio/visual sequences
• Successfully execute solo video art projects from conception to completion.

Overview of Learning Activities

Technical Workshops
The technical component continues and consolidates the work begun in Video Art 1a and increasingly tailors it to individual student needs.
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.

Overview of Learning Resources

Media Arts computer Lab Rm 5.3.32
Media Arts Theatrette 7.3.13
RMIT Library AV collection
RMIT Library Book and Periodical Collection

Overview of Assessment

Submission of project proposal
Participation in Mid Semester Reviews
Class presentation of project work in Week 12
Individual Final Assessment in Week 14