Course Title: Vision mix television productions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: VART6385C

Course Title: Vision mix television productions

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5350 - Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mark Langley

9925 4355

Nominal Hours: 50

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


Course Description

In this course you will cover technical and communication skills and knowledge required to vision mix television productions from a studio control room or an outside broadcast van. You will mix components from a variety of sources to create composite images, transitions and effects for live or pre-recorded television productions. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUABRD402 Vision mix television productions


1. Prepare vision mixing documentation

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm with production personnel the quantity, nature and style of effects required for productions, and recommend creative solutions where appropriate

1.2 Mark actions, effects and processes on scripts or production schedules according to enterprise procedures

1.3 Prepare contingency plans for unscripted effects and processes that may arise during recordings in consultation with relevant personnel

1.4 Contribute to the creative process as required and explore potential for creating original ideas and proposals


2. Set up for vision mixing

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select vision mixing methods to achieve required creative and technical output

2.2 Negotiate alternative strategies where designated effects and processes are beyond the capability of available equipment

2.3 Check identified effects and processes are ready to go and monitors are working within specifications

2.4 Check vision sources can be accessed on the vision mixing unit and previewed on monitoring equipment

2.5 Note key reference points and complexities that require special attention during productions

2.6 Test equipment in advance and arrange for repairs or replacements as required

2.7 Seek advice from relevant personnel or consult reference material to resolve technical problems


3. Mix vision

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Communicate with relevant production personnel throughout the mixing process to achieve desired effects and resolve problems

3.2 Preview sources throughout the production process and put to air on cue

3.3 Respond promptly to cues from production personnel

3.4 Perform transitions between vision sources and reassign sources to meet production requirements

3.5 Assign effects and processes to appropriate storage devices

3.6 Respond quickly and efficiently to equipment failure and unanticipated situations by applying alternative effects and processes

3.7 Monitor quality of creative and technical output during productions

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this competency, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to vision mix television productions from a studio control room or an outside broadcast van.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities included in this course include:

  • practical exercises in studio
  • simulated workplace activities.
  • group projects

Teaching Schedule

Note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.


Class content




  • The television studio facilities.
  • Overview of studio crew roles.
  • Safe working procedures in the studio.



  • Practical aspects of vision mixing a multi camera production.
  • Directing protocols.
  • Studio practical exercise




  • Vision switching studio interviews
  • Directing procedures.
  • Studio practical exercises





  • Autocue and still graphics
  • Details of Production Task 1
  • Studio practical exercise





Session 1 Production Task 1

  • Groups will produce segment and perform crewing roles for other groups.

Production task 1



Session 2 Production Task 1

  • Groups will produce segment and perform crewing roles for other groups.

Production task 1



·         Standby for completion of Assessment 1 productions.

·         Review and feedback of production 1 segments.

·         Creative productions.




  • Details of Production Task 2.
  • Studio practical exercise






Session 1 Production Task 2

  • Groups will produce segment 2 and perform crewing roles for other groups.

Production task 2




Session 2 Production Task 2

Groups will produce segment 2 and perform crewing roles for other groups.

Production task 2




  • Standby for completion of Assessment 2 productions.
  • Review and feedback of production 2.
  • Inserting pre recorded clips






  • Assessment 3 production task details.
  • Group planning sessions for assessment 3.
  • Studio production exercise





  • Assessment 3 Session 1
  • All groups to attend to fulfil producing roles and studio crew roles.


Production task 3




  • Assessment 3 Session 2
  • All groups to attend to fulfil producing roles and studio crew roles.


Production task 3





  • Assessment 3 Session 3
  • All groups to attend to fulfill producing roles and studio crew roles.

Production task 3




  • Assessment 3 Session 4
  • All groups to attend to fulfill producing roles and studio crew roles.

Production task 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Television studio and associated equipment

The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in practical exercises, knowledge assessment tasks and practical team based projects.

Assessment Tasks


To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment 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 will be available on Blackboard for full assessment criteria

Once you have demonstrated competency, you will also receive a grade for Assessment Task 3 for the course. (Refer to Blackboard for grading rubric).

  • Assessment Task 1: Production of a news segment. Due date: Week 5, 6
  • Assessment Task 2: Production of a variety segment. Due date: Week 9, 10
  • Assessment Task 3: Production of TV program and individual questionnaire Due date: Week 13,14,15,16


Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades:

CHD      Competent with High Distinction
CDI        Competent with Distinction
CC         Competent with Credit
CAG      Competency Achieved - Graded
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. 

The assessment matrix for this course can be found on Blackboard or from your teacher.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


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.

Assessment Feedback:

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

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.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

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


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