Course Title: Creating Digital Media

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: ISYS6999

Course ID: 031728

Course Title: Creating Digital Media

School: 345T Creative Media

Program Code: C6045 - Advanced Diploma of Arts Professional Screenwriting (Film,Television and Digital Media)

Course Contact : Brendan Lee

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Simon Norton
9925 4908

Nominal Hours: 136

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Nil pre and co requisites

Course Description

This course develops concept mapping, charting and storyboarding skills. It includes an introduction to the use of visual imagery and develops the technical ability to create basic digital story prototypes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBM384 Creating Digital Media

Learning Outcomes

1. Write, select and apply text and scanned images and print out in storyboard sequence
2. Plan and develop interactive script, present interactive flowcharts and navigational structure for development
3. Write and record short voice-overs or utilise sound effects/music and apply to an interactive environment containing digital imagery
4. Create characters for digital media prototypes using visual signs including metaphors, symbols, objects and icons
5. Demonstrate historical and cultural influences of symbols and visual metaphors in digital media production.

Overview of Learning Activities

Details of Learning Activities

Lectures and tutorials
Practical exercises including storyboarding, site-mapping and interactivity planning
Working with software<font size="2" face="Verdana"> including imaging, authoring and resource development software.
Working in</font><font size="2" face="Verdana"> production team roles and with project management methodologies.

Teaching Schedule

<font size="2" face="Verdana">WEEKS</font><font size="2" face="Verdana">Date</font><font size="2" face="Verdana">Content</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">1</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Introduction to course and overview of  
communications history.</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">Brief #1: Research and critique: New forms of writing</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">2, 3</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Introduction to Graphics</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">Scanning</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">Folders and filing -- Naming things.</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">4</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Intro to Photoshop</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">5, 6</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Present brief 1</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">Photoshop – appearance tools</font> 

<font size="2" face="Verdana">Brief 2: Create a series of at least 5 images in Photoshop.</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">7</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Photoshop  -- text and tools</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">8</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Photoshop – paths and compositing</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">9</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">10</font>

 <font size="2" face="Verdana">Present Brief 2</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">Intro to Web and Internet </font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">11</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Introduction to HTML</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">12, 13</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Writing for the Internet</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">Intro to Dreamweaver</font> 

<font size="2" face="Verdana">Brief 3 Design and author  hyperessay </font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">14</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Site maps and information architecture </font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">Intro 2 Dreamweaver </font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">15</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Designing with Dreamweaver</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">16</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Present Brief 3</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">17, 18</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Introduction to Fireworks</font> 

<font size="2" face="Verdana">Brief 4” Writing Meshes: Multi and non-linear  

<font size="2" face="Verdana">19</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Navigation, interactivity and feedback</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">20</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Hypernarratives</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">21</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Present Brief 4</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">Introduction to animation</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">22, 23</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Rotoscoping and GIF animation</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">Brief 5: Script, synopsis, storyboard etc for a short animation.</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">24</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Introduction to Flash: Interface concepts</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">25</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Multimedia production cycles and project management</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">Flash drawing tools</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">26</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Script to storyboard</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">Flash: Symbols and libraries</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">27</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Flash: working with colour and images</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">28</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Flash: motion Tweening</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">29</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Flash: advanced animation</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">30</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Present Brief 5</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">Brief 6: Develop and author an interactive comic or graphic novel based on your animation storyboard.</font>

<font size="2" face="Verdana">31</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Developing interactivity: actionscript introduction</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">32</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Actionscript</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">33</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Flash: importing resources, sound and video</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">34</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Content authoring and script interactivity</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">35</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Text, graphic and interactivity integration</font>
<font size="2" face="Verdana">36</font> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Present Brief 6.</font>

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

 Suggested reading material will be provided in class by teacher.
Handouts provided in class by teacher
Internet access through RMIT Library
Final Draft program on several computers in RMIT Carlton Library and Main Library
Publications & dvds/videos through RMIT Library, community libraries, video libraries and other sources

Overview of Assessment

Research and critique new forms of writing – 20%
Create a series of images to describe an event – 20%
Create a website – 20%
Design an interaction animation from script to screen – 40%

Assessment Tasks

<font size="2" face="Verdana">Research and critique: New forms of writing</font><font size="2" face="Palatino">20</font> 
<font size="2" face="Verdana">Create a series of at least 5 images in Photoshop.</font><font size="2" face="Palatino">10</font> 
<font size="2" face="Verdana">Design and author  hyperessay </font><font size="2" face="Palatino">10</font> 
<font size="2" face="Verdana">Writing Meshes: Multi and non-linear  
<font size="2" face="Palatino">20</font> 
<font size="2" face="Verdana">Script, synopsis, storyboard etc for a short animation.</font><font size="2" face="Verdana">20</font> 
<font size="2" face="Verdana">Develop and author an interactive comic or graphic novel based on your animation storyboard.</font><font size="2" face="Verdana">20</font> 

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