Course Title: Individual Studio Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Individual Studio Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Chris Barker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2994

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 36.04.05

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment (via email)

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge

The courses COMM2168 Concept Development and COMM2172 Storytelling are recommended in order to provide the appropriate knowledge and capabilities necessary to undertake this course.  A passionate interest in animation and interactive media is assumed.

Course Description

The considered orchestration of image, movement, sound, time and interaction creates a powerful means to convey ideas. This course aims to give you an understanding of how to harness these elements within narrative, interactive and experimental structures in ways appropriate to time-based media.

The hands-on production based component of this course provides you with the opportunity to apply animation, interactive or real-time principles and production techniques to a resolved self-directed minor project. You are expected to apply the knowledge and experiences gained in the Concept Development and Storytelling courses to the production of a creative project.

During the course you will consolidate the craft skills necessary to realise your own original concept so its ideas can be communicated to an audience in the most effective manner possible.  You will also gain a working knowledge of specialised pre-production, production and post-production processes (as applicable to your chosen project) that are required to bring any time-based media project to a successful conclusion.

This activity provides the opportunity to rehearse a complete production cycle as a creative individual and develop a viable working method that may help inform your Major Project in the following course. It will also lead you to the discovery of the discipline of animation and interactive media.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to apply theories that harness the attributes of your chosen medium to practical production.
  • Communicate ideas in ways appropriate to the medium both at the pre-production stage and in the final published work.
  • Apply experiential knowledge of specialised production methods pertaining to your chosen project.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, organise and manage a production from concept to screen in a studio environment.
  • Apply ways that enhance your original concept that come from the considered and creative use of production solutions.
  • Develop your directorial ability.

Overview of Learning Activities

As a postgraduate student, you are expected to be highly engaged in your own learning. Your active and constructive participation in group discussions and project work is expected so as to contribute to building a community of creative practitioners. You should actively seek informed criticism of your work in order to develop your personal working methods into a mature professional practice.  Learning is accomplished through immersion in applied studio practice over a sustained period of time involving creative and technical problem solving, personal consultation, peer and staff review.  You should take pride in your own work and be curious and actively interested in the work of others. 

Overview of Learning Resources

A variety of specialised production facilities and equipment will be available to aid your learning including rostrum animation cameras, computers, scanners, a sound recording booth, and a studio environment configured to foster creative activity in an industry-like setting. A range of audio-visual, print and web-based resources are available in the RMIT library.  Other relevant audio-visual references are housed within the discipline area.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course involves the evaluation of an individual self-directed work:

  • Self-directed Minor Project  - 100%

Please refer to Part B: Course Detail Guide for further information on assessment.