Course Title: Studio Video

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Studio Video

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Peter Ellis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2838

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Bld 2.D.7

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is for Fine Art Students from BP201 only.

Course Description

This course aims to develop a practical understanding of the link between traditional fine art disciplines and digital video. Students will use work created in the studio and related to their discipline area (eg painting, sculpture, drawing) as a starting point. This work will then be reinterpreted through digital video to extend and develop the conceptual, perceptual and aesthetic issues relevant to both their discipline and contemporary fine art practice
Students will receive practical instruction in the use of video editing software.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the completion of the course students will have:

  • A practical understanding of camera use and video software as it relates to traditional fine art disciplines
  • A basic understanding of how digital video can be used to extend and enhance traditional fine art practice through linking your studio practice with video work 
  •  A fundamental theoretical and conceptual understanding of video practice as it relates to traditional fine art disciplines through individual and group tutorials
  • Developed skills and concepts that lead to a personal direction within a contemporary fine art context

An ability to:

  • Use digital video editing software as it applies to your practice
  • Understand and use the operating system of the computer and file management
  • Understand and use capturing, editing, compositing and outputting digital video (mini DV)
  • Understand the differences between analog and digital video formats, their limitations and uses
  • Be able to output and present your work in an appropriate manner

Overview of Learning Activities

• Studio and Laboratory based learning during designated classes
• Individual consultations and tutorials
• Students will be required to develop the practice of documenting their work and keeping notes.
• Students will be encouraged to cultivate an awareness of the role of new media in contemporary fine art practice by appropriate use of library resources
• Presentation of short film and video works and some suggested exhibitions as part of the program
• Participation in class based group tutorials

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resource references will be distributed during the first week of class

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be by folio submission at the end of each semester.
Assessment will be conducted by a panel of staff from the course area. The assessment will be reviewed by the course co-ordinator in collaboration with another course co-ordinator.
Folio submission:
1. presentation of 2 resolved works
2. folio of support work from the studio and the computer lab

Assessment feedback will take the form of a written report which will be available to students.
Course grades available:
HD High distinction 80 – 100%
D Distinction 70 – 79%
C Credit 60 –69%
P Pass 50 – 59%
N Fail 0 – 49%