Course Title: Colour grade moving images

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4295 Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Course Title: Colour grade moving images

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term2 2012,
Term2 2013,
Term2 2014,
Term2 2015

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

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Course Description

Post-production technicians involved in digital intermediate workflow, colour graders, colourists, telecine operators and archival media technicians apply the skills and knowledge outlined in this unit.
Colour grading is the process of altering and enhancing the colour of motion picture or television images, either electronically, photochemically or digitally. The process is completed by transferring the output from grading to the required medium, e.g. DVD, film, video.
Colourists need strong visual, creative and technical skills. Also critical to the grading process is attention to detail and accuracy, as well as effective safe working practices.
In most circumstances, limited supervision is required of people working at this level of expertise.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUFPOS403A Colour grade moving images


1. Clarify work requirements.

2. Prepare equipment for grading process.

3. Grade images for colour.

4. Finalise colour grading.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to apply creative colour grading techniques to a range of media productions.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will involve practical exercises, knowledge assessment tasks and practical group projects