Course Title: Capturing Image

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Capturing Image

Credit Points: 12.00


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RMIT University Vietnam


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet2 2020,
Viet1 2021,
Viet1 2022,
Viet1 2023,
Viet1 2024

Course Coordinator: Martino Cipriani

Course Coordinator Phone: n/a

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: VNSGS

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce the principles, practice and/or application of colour theory, image capture, sequence creation and lighting design. You will learn colour theory and the application of colour temperature and the colour wheel. You will capture images using a range of stills and moving image cameras and lenses, including sequences using cameras in motion. You will study lighting design for both studio and external locations including selection of different appliances, sources and accessories. Through a range of applied exercises you will apply this knowledge in order to achieve different storytelling outcomes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

PLO3: Develop narratives and screenplays and achieve storytelling outcomes for digital film and video 

PLO4: Select and use contemporary tools, methods and approaches to envision, develop and produce digital film and video work 

PLO5: Communicate with a range of stakeholders to plan, organise, execute and evaluate team-based and self-managed digital film and video projects 

PLO6: Apply critical and creative thinking skills and use self-reflection to develop ethical and professional capabilities 

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to: 

CLO1: Describe and apply colour theory and camera and lighting principles. 
CLO2: Execute fundamental procedures for image capture and sequence creation. 
CLO3: Use a single camera and lighting system to achieve storytelling outcomes. 

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will engage in studio-based work to acquire and apply basic technical practices of camera and lighting to support and convey screenplay. This will involve demonstrated use of relevant technologies and application of technique in guided exercises and tasks relevant to the co-requisite course

Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to technical resources such as camera, lighting, sound recording equipment and editing tools, as well as studio-based learning spaces.  You will be provided with diverse learning and teaching resources, including web-based resources, library collections, and online learning content. You will also be provided with a range of educational support services, including peer-led academic mentoring, tutorials, and internship and mobility support services.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Still image series and moving sequences analysis - 30%. Addresses CLO 1.  

Assessment Task 2: Lighting and scene design - 30%. Addresses CLO 2. 

Assessment Task 3: Moving sequence staging - 40%. Addresses CLOs 2 & 3.  

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions