Course Title: Shoot a wide range of screen content

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: VART6100C

Course Title: Shoot a wide range of screen content

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4373 - Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging

Course Contact: Jessie DiBlasi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lucia Ondrusova


Nominal Hours: 70

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites or co-requisites 

Course Description

In this course you are required to prepare, set up and shoot a wide range of screen content using professional video equipment in a single camera environment. 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUACAM401 Shoot a wide range of screen content


1. Prepare for shoots

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Contribute ideas for the visual interpretation of production requirements in pre-production briefings

1.2 Appraise ideas for shots, taking into account the potential impact on costs, timelines, scripts and technical feasibility

1.3 Survey locations prior to shoots as required

1.4 Plan, prepare and pack camera equipment and accessories required for production requirements

1.5 Check equipment is in working order and fix minor faults or arrange to have them fixed

1.6 Select capture media appropriate and sufficient to meet production requirements

1.7 Anticipate work health and safety (WHS) requirements as they apply to preparation and implementation of shoots

1.8 Complete documentation in line with enterprise procedures


2. Set up shoots

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Survey sites and determine camera positions to achieve shots and compositions best suited to production requirements

2.2 Liaise with production personnel and talent to generate a range of ideas that offer creative solutions for particular productions

2.3 Appraise ideas for potential impact on costs, timelines, scripts, technical feasibility and suitability to meet production requirements

2.4 Implement lighting plans and install required cables

2.5 Confirm light temperature and exposures are sufficient for production requirements

2.6 Position microphones and conduct audio checks

2.7 Rehearse shots as required


3. Shoot content

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Check camera movements for implementing planned and rehearsed shots

3.2 Employ photographic principles and techniques to achieve technical and aesthetic requirements

3.3 Coordinate inputs from other crew members as required to achieve desired images

3.4 Confirm captured shots meet editing and other post-production requirements

3.5 Collaborate with other production personnel and respond to direction as required

3.6 Record audio or coordinate sound operations as required

3.7 Apply safe work practices at all times


4. Wrap up shoots

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use appropriate manual handling techniques when packing and storing equipment

4.2 Label recorded content ready for post-production

4.3 Check locations are left in original state

4.4 Brief editors and producers on post-production issues

4.5 Complete necessary documentation

4.6 Review and reflect on own performance and note areas for improvement

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course you will be competent in:

  • communication and collaboration skills during shoots work within production deadlines
  • set up, test and disassemble cameras


Details of Learning Activities

You will work in small groups and individually to develop three video productions and preproduction paperwork including lighting plans, storyboards, and schedules.

In-class activities -
• Demonstration and practical application
• Teacher directed group activities
• Observation and questioning
• Group discussion
• Class Exercises to review discussions
• Workshops & Tutorials

Out-of-class activities:
• Group Projects
• Independent project based work
• Online and other research
• Independent study

Teaching Schedule

Semester #1  2020WeekTopicAssessment / Learning activities
Week 1 
  • About their lecturer and their peers in the class and their backgrounds
  • About the Subject Guide (course outline) and an overview of the Assessment Tasks
  • Contact details for their lecturer
  • Short overview of history of film


Week 2
  • Shooting Basics
  • Set up of safe workspace
  • Use of video tripod
  • Camera settings/setup
  • Camera Angles
  • Camera Shots (Establishing, mid-shot, CU)
  • Use DSLR for video
Week 3
  • Brief assignment 1
  • Pre-production documents - explained
  • DSLR video demonstration for a video interview
  • DSLR practice with an in-class exercise
Brief Assignment 1
Week 4
  • Introduction to Audio (H5N and shotgun) and recording.
  • Demonstrate and practice
  • In-class exercise to produce an audio file
Week 5
  • Introduction to premiere pro for editing
  • In-class exercise
Week 6
  • Class time for shooting  Interview 
Class Assessment 1
Week 7
  • Class time for shooting  Interview A
Class Assessment 1
Week 8
  •  Class time shooting/editing Interview/upload to canvas Assessment 1 Due (files)
DUE :  Assessment 1 (Files)
Week 9
  • Viewing and feedback of interview videos Assignment 1 (continued)
  • Students to record/take notes from the teacher and peer review
  • Introduction to Assignment 2 – Shoot your own production
Brief Assignment 2
Week 10
  • Showing production types
  • Work on Pre-production documents and nominations type  of production for students
Week 11
  • Work in Progress Review (WIP) - Meeting
  • Pre-production documents due/approved
WIP meetings schedule
Week 12
  • Editing techniques continued
  • (WIP) meeting continued
  • Pre-production documents due/approved
WIP meetings schedule
Week 13
  • In-class time for assignment 2
Week 14
  • In-class time for assignment 2
Week 15
  • In-class time for assignment 2
DUE: Assignment 2
Week 16
  • Viewing of Shoot your own production/feedback

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



You are advised to look on Canvas for ongoing and updated information.

Other Resources

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:

The learning Lab

The Study Support Hub

English for uni workshops


Overview of Assessment

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • communicate and collaborate with production personnel and talent during shoots
  • work within production deadlines 
  • set up, test and disassemble camera, sound and lighting equipment on location
  • safely operate a professional video camera and ancillary equipment
  • apply photographic and composition techniques to capture shots that produce desired visual effect.


Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.


Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • explain roles and responsibilities of key personnel involved in shooting screen content
  • describe key creative and technical considerations relevant to shooting screen content in a single camera environment
  • identify typical problems that may arise in the context of shooting a wide range of screen content, and briefly describe solutions
  • explain how cameras and accessories are used to produce different effects
  • explain key framing techniques and principles of shot composition
  • describe key features of different types of light-measuring devices
  • outline basic principles of lighting that apply in the context of shooting content for screen productions
  • describe types of artificial light sources available to camera operators
  • outline work health and safety procedures that apply to shooting on location
  • describe characteristics of microphones commonly used when shooting screen content.


Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in creative arts industry environments. The assessment environment must include access to:

  • camera equipment and accessories
  • productions which require a range of material to be filmed.


Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational educational and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Assessment Tasks

Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard required in the workplace. 

To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

You should refer to the assessment brief which is available through Canvas for full assessment criteria

Assessment Task 1:Shoot an interview
In groups of 4, prepare and shoot the footage of an interview.
Due date: Week 8

Assessment Task 2:Shoot your own production
Develop and create your own video production (1-5 minutes duration).
Due date: Week 15

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Information about your studies:

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.


Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (eg. applying for an extension of time):

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences. 

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.


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