Course Title: Pop and Trash

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Pop and Trash

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Dominic Redfern

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2022

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

To introduce students to the techniques, culture and practice of screen based experimental image sequencing with particular emphasis on the creative and economic use of stills, limited animation techniques and the drawn image. This class introduces various animation techniques such as: cut outs, drawing, scanning, single frame animation, image processing, Collage, Rotoscoping, chromakey and compositing. Software includes: Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Flash and Frame Thief

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

To assist students to:
1). Consider and incorporate a wide range of 2D temporal imaging skills, both analogue and digital, into a single project, or series of short projects
2). Specialise their historical/cultural knowledge of experimental animation and screen art culture.
3). Become articulate in the communication of the visual concepts in which they are working in.
4). Consider and utilise the varied screening, exhibition and funding opportunities available to them once they have graduated from RMIT. Resolve all production issues associated with the student’s chosen project.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course introduces various analogue/digital video techniques such as: drawing, scanning, single frame animation, image processing, Rotoscoping and chromakey, to then be composited and further manipulated digitally using Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro.

Each week the technical demonstration is accompanied by examples of experimental animation/video spanning from the early 20thC to the present. There are also more extensive screenings and related lectures organised regularly throughout the year.

Overview of Learning Resources

Media arts computer lab 5.3.32
Media Arts Theatrette, 7.3.13
RMIT Library Book and Periodical Collection

Overview of Assessment

Submission of project proposal
Participation in Mid Semester Reviews
Class presentation of project work in Week 12
Individual Final Assessment in Week 14