Course Title: Film-TV 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Film-TV 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


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


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Paul Ritchard

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3244

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Room 9.4.36

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses COMM 2220 Broadcast Media before you commence this course.

Course Description

Film-TV1 is an introduction to key aspects of professional film and television production, with a specific focus on fiction: drama and comedy; their forms, structures and conventions.

It is designed to enable students to begin to position themselves as critical practitioners within the field through a learning process combining theory and practice, debate, experimentation and reflection.

Students work individually and in collaborative teams upon script and production projects.  They develop an understanding of the inter-dependent creative, organisational, theoretical and technical elements of film and television drama production processes, and attain and apply skills in constructing and communicating a story using sound and vision.

Alongside the development of these basic professional competencies, students learn to analyse and critique their own and each other’s practice within wider socio-cultural and theoretical contexts, challenging assumptions and fostering innovation and creative risk-taking.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • Initiate, produce and evaluate media projects.
  • Identify, analyse and solve problems relevant to media practice.
  • Work collaboratively and take leadership within teams.
  • Reflect upon, direct and evaluate your own learning.

By the completion of TV1, students will be able to:

  • apply a critical understanding of both current industry practices and possible future trends, in the development and production processes of short fiction film/video, from script concept stage through to post-production

  • apply a critical understanding of the basic principles of screenwriting, direction, production and other key craft roles

  • apply generic skills in collaborative practice developed through working in project teams; and a specific understanding of the collaborative roles and relationships common within film and television drama production

  • apply skills in critically contextualizing and reflecting upon their own creative ideas and processes, and those of others

  • apply skills in giving and receiving critical feedback within a supportive environment

  • apply skills in the creative operation of professional production equipment including video cameras, sound recording mixers, lighting and editing equipment

  • utilize an understanding of key legal and occupational health and safety issues in relation to film and television production

Overview of Learning Activities

The overall approach to the course is student-centred and process-based. It aims for students to develop an understanding of the learning process and their individual strengths and weaknesses as learners so that they can effectively plan, monitor, evaluate and adapt their learning process as they progress through their program.

There is a large practical component to the course, and an emphasis on students learning technical, creative and organisational skills by participating in the production of short video programs.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.  In addition to prescribed and recommended reading, students are expected to undertake prescribed viewing from time to time as directed by teaching staff. Further specific details are available in Part B of this guide.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessable tasks will consist of several screenwriting tasks; participation; contribution, in a group, towards the production of a short video drama project, as well as maintenance of a reflective and analytic learning journal.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document