Course Title: Apply techniques to produce video art

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART5948C

Course Title: Apply techniques to produce video art

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4224 - Certificate IV in Photoimaging

Course Contact : Josiane Mueller

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4585

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Ms Naomi Herzog
Phone: 9925 4170

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

None required

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce video art through the exploration and application of a range of techniques, materials and equipment. The range of techniques is quite varied and broad and this course covers general knowledge and the application of these basic techniques.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVVSP18B Apply techniques to produce video art


1. Prepare and maintain physical resources for video art.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Correctly identify and select equipment and materials required for the production of video art.
1.2 Prepare, clean and maintain equipment and materials in accordance with relevant workplace procedures and safety requirements .
1.3 Organise and maintain work space so that it remains clean and safe.
1.4 Store equipment and materials in accordance with relevant workplace and safety requirements.


2. Use and test video techniques.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess the capabilities of techniques , equipment and materials for different types of video art.
2.2 Use and/or combine different techniques, equipment and materials to determine and extend capabilities .
2.3 Determine the conceptual vision for the proposed video art based on exploration of different techniques or from supplied information.
2.4 Establish criteria for the selection of techniques to meet the conceptual vision.
2.5 Select techniques based on the conceptual vision.
2.6 Plan work, identifying work processes and resource requirements.


3. Produce the video art.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Organise the resources required for the production of the proposed video art based on the plan of work.
3.2 Safely use and adapt techniques, equipment and materials appropriately to realise the conceptual vision.
3.3 Identify potential different approaches that may enhance the final work and incorporate these into the work process.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to produce video art, which demonstrates a command of selected techniques, knowledge of materials and equipment and depicts a conceptual vision in the finished works.

Details of Learning Activities

This course will be taught as a series of weekly face to face classes.
In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• research of video production approaches and techniques
• independent & group project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• workshopping of students’ own projects

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
• research
• work shopping
• independent & group project based work

Teaching Schedule

Please 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.

WeekBeginningClass content Elements
Week 1
Intro & Project briefing - Development Workshop   2
Week 2
Intro to camera - studio shoot (intro to camera, lighting) - group pre prod 1, 2
Week 3
FCP Basics – The interface & file formats
Log & capture (basic capture and output as QT format)
Week 4
FCP Basics - Grading and adjustments
Production week - Students Shoots
Draft presentation1, 2, 3
Week 5
Production week - Students Shoots  1, 3
Week 6
Story board briefing, previous work & research developmentSubmit group project - 30 sec genre video 1, 3
Week 7
FCP Basics – Basic editing overview - rough cut   2
Week 8
FCP Basics – Editing – trimming & refining the rough cutDraft story board 2
Week 9
FCP Basics – Aspect ratio/ formats/ compressionPresent final storyboards 2
Week 10
Audio Tute – Intro to Audio capture
Production week - Students Shoots
  1, 2
Week 11
Audio Tute – Intro to Basic Audio editing –
Production week - Students Shoots
Draft presentation - doco 2, 3
21/4/2011 –
Week 13
Production week - Students Shoots
Post Production week – Group work
Draft presentation - doco1, 3
Week 14
Post Production week – Group work  1, 3
Week 15
Post Production week – Group work  1, 3
Week 16
Student presentations Final 3 min doco 3
Week 17
Assessment Week   

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Ascher, Steven & Pincus, Edward, 2007 - The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age, Plume


You will be supplied with a range of references during the semester and are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

Personal data storage device (min 2),
- Personal computer with Photoshop CS5,
- Access to Video/Audio capture and lighting equipment as required.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through class exercises, participation in class discussions, presentations and individual and group projects.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative.
Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

For further information on the assessment and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Assessment items include:

Formative Assessment
1. Development workshop – group exercise
2. 30 sec genre video – group exercise
3. basic editing exercise 1
4. basic editing exercise 2

Summative Assessment

1. Produce a 6 – 8 image storyboard sequence
2. Production of a 3 min documentary. This also requires the submission of  documentary production documents.

Detailed assessment briefs will be on the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

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. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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

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