Course Title: Produce video art

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: VART6275C

Course Title: Produce video art

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4312 - Certificate IV in Photo Imaging

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Alex Joseski


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 the production of video art works through the exploration and application of a range of techniques, materials and equipment. The range of techniques is quite varied and broad in nature. This course covers general knowledge and the application of these video production techniques.

Current Photoimaging industry practice relies increasingly on digital imaging in both still and moving images.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDIG302A Produce video art


Element 1. Plan video artwork through exploration

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explore video art ideas and techniques in consultation with key people
1.2 Review historical and contemporary video art practice as a potential source of ideas
1.3 Refine and clarify ideas for video art based on exploration
1.4 Assess the capabilities of video art techniques through practice and adaptation
1.5 Select techniques that best support the ideas for the work


Element 2. Prepare, maintain and store video art resources

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select and organise video art tools, equipment and materials suited to the chosen work
2.2 Prepare and maintain resources based on the needs of the work
2.3 Take responsibility for the safe and sustainable use of resources
2.4 Store resources according to the specific needs of different items


Element 3. Create finished video artwork

Performance Criteria:

: 3.1 Safely use and adapt video art techniques to create desired effects
3.2 Review work in progress and make adjustments as required to produce final work in appropriate file formats
3.3 Add value to the current work process and future work by documenting the work progress
3.4 Liaise with others to obtain feedback on work in terms of its technical proficiency and success in communicating ideas

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to work with a central idea and translate that idea into a video project that is captured on DSLR and recorded with external audio equipment. You will obtain the skills to produce HD video from concept through to preproduction, production and post production.

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.

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

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

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 
WeekClass contentAssessment tasks
1Overview of video as Art, Preproduction Development / Promotional Development 
2In-Class DSLR Camera Workshop 
3In-Class Editing Workshop (Logging, Basic Interface and Editing) / Genre Production Week 
4In-Class Editing of Genre production (Basic)Task 1. ungraded - Genre Piece DUE
5 Storyboarding & Audio Tutorial 
6 In-Class Audio Workshop 
7 Instructional Video Preproduction - explore ideas and techniques 
8 Instructional Video Editing (Advanced) explore ideas and techniques related to editing 
9 RMIT Promotional Video Preproduction / Presentation / Interview TechniquesTask 2. ungraded - Instruction Video with Individual Storyboards DUE 
10 RMIT Promotional Video Shooting Week 1 & Dailies 
11 RMIT Promotional Video Shooting Week 2 & Pickups 
12 RMIT Promotional Video Editing #1 
13 RMIT Promotional Video Editing #2 
14 RMIT Promotional Video Editing #3 
15 RMIT Promotional Video Editing Lock-Off, Output and Delivery TASK 3. graded - RMIT Promotional Video DUE
16 Video Screenings, Feedback and Review 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information and to make use of RMIT’s library database facilities.

Other Resources

Personal data storage device (min 2), personal computer with Premiere, access to Video/Audio capture and lighting equipment as required. Access to RMIT labs with video editing computers.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in practical exercises and practical group projects.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in the course, you will need to complete all of the following assessments to a satisfactory standard. You will receive verbal feedback for each assessment.

Assessments in this course are ungraded and graded. The graded assessment task will determine your final grade.

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


Task 1. 30 second genre based short video production – Due week 4, starting 2 March.
Task 2. Storyboard & instructional video – Due week 9, starting 13 April.

Task 3. Promotional video for client – RMIT – Due week 15, starting 25 May.

 Results used in this course are as follows:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
CA Competency Achieved
NYC. Not Yet Competent
DNS. Did Not Submit

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

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

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency. Non-attendance may seriously jeopardise the chances of success in a course. Clearly, non-attendance at an assessment will result in failure of that assessment. Where visa conditions apply, attendance is compulsory.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, and written feedback from teachers on your work . Where appropriate, 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 to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Special consideration for 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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you will need to apply for special consideration.

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 go to Academic Integrity.

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