Course Title: Apply techniques to produce video art

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

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 tools, equipment and materials in accordance with relevant workplace procedures and safety requirements.


2. Use and test video techniques.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Safely use techniques for the production of video art.
2.2 Use and test nominated techniques to determine the capability of the technique and its application.


3. Produce the video art.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Determine concept for the proposed video art based on own ideas or supplied information.
3.2 Correctly identify the steps and resources required to produce the proposed video art.
3.3 Select appropriate equipment and materials for the specific video art.
3.4. Use techniques, equipment and materials safely to produce the final video art.

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

in -class activities
• lectures & tutorials
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• independent project based work
• analysis/critique of photographers and photographic digital imaging techniques of students’ choice
out-of-class activities
• Shooting all photographic components to be included in each project either in studio or on location
• Digital development of draft files for assessment items
• Development and refinement of final images for submission
• Preparation of final images for output
• workshopping of students’ own projects•

Teaching Schedule


Week 1
Intro, Course & Project briefing - Development Workshop
TUTE - FCP Basics – The interface
Week 2
TUTE - Intro to camera - studio shoot (intro to camera, lighting) - group pre prod
Week 3
TUTE - FCP Basics –mini DV and DSLR HD file formats, Aspect ratio/ formats/ compression, Log & capture (basic capture & output as QT) - Grading and adjustments
Production week - Students Shoots
Week 4
TUTE FCP Basics – Titles
Production & Post Production week - Students Shoots & post production
Week 5
Post Production week
- Students completing project & project SUBMISSION
Week 6
Project 1 - Screenings
Assignment 2 - Briefing
Week 7
TUTE FCP Basics – Basic editing overview - rough cut
Present Draft Assignment 2
Assignment 3 Briefing
Week 8
TUTE - FCP Basics – Editing – trimming & refining the rough cut
Assignment 2 Submission & Screening
Week 9 -Tues
TUTE - FCP Basics – Audio Tute – Intro to Audio capture
Present Draft Assignment 3
Pre Production week -

Week 9
TUTE - FCP Basics – Audio Tute – Intro to Audio capture
Production week - Students Shoots
Week 10    
Production week - Students Shoots
Week 11    
Production week - Students Shoots
Week 12
Production/Post Production week - Students Shoots
week & Group work
Week 13
Post Production week – Group work
Assignemnt 3 Draft Presentation
Week 14
Post Production week – Group work
Week 15
Post Production week – Group work
Week 16
Student Submissions & presentations
Week 17
Assessment Week -  Non Attendance week

Classes, activities, assessments and related activities may need to be re-scheduled/re-arranged due to resources, facilities & equipment availability and other changed circumstances as they arise. OH&S factors may lead to the re-scheduling or cancelling of any event or activity.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts tutorials via the RMIT library database


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

Other Resources

Blackboard and tutorial support material is on the  Photoimaging Server

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 unit are either ungraded or graded. Ungraded tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial (graded) 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 on all assessment.

Assessment items include:

1.    basic editing exercise 1
2.    basic editing exercise 2

1.    6 – 8 image storyboard sequence (individual project)
2.    3 min documentary (group Project)
3.    Documentary documentation (Group Project)

Grades used in this unit are as follows:
Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:
CHD - Competent with High Distinction
CDI  - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CAG - Competency Achieved Graded
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not graded)
CA  - Competency Achieved
NYC  - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit For Assessment

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Students will need to access a HD Video enabled DSLR,  lenses, Tripod, personal data storage device (min 2), personal computer with Photoshop CS5, access to lighting equipment as required. Also access to a lab with Final Cut Pro video editing software.

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