Course Title: Shoot a wide range of television content

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5231 Diploma of Audiovisual Technology

Course Title: Shoot a wide range of television content

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 70

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


Term1 2011,
Term1 2012,
Term1 2013,
Term1 2014

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

The aim of this course is to enable learners to compose shots, position a camera and microphones, select appropriate lens, and lighting equipment, operate a camera and field mixer. This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by a camera person who usually works without supervision to shoot television content using professional video equipment. The person undertakes the preparation and technical aspects of a shoot, including camera, sound and lights.
On occasion, the camera person works with a sound recordist or lighting technician and may coordinate their operations. Other duties may include manipulation of cameras, e.g. on dolly tracks and cable control.

Program styles covered by this unit include news and current affairs, corporate videos, coverage of events and relatively complex documentary materials. Typically the camera person contributes creatively to outcomes and works collaboratively with producers or directors, either as an employee of a production house or as a freelancer on assignment.

Edit screen content for fast turnaround
VART-5930C is undertaken in parallel with this course under the working title of ENG (Electronic News Gathering).

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

No pre-requisites or co-requistes are required.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUFCAM401A Shoot a wide range of television content


1. Prepare for shoots

2. Set up shoots

3. Shoot content

4. Wrap up shoots

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to .
• Set up and operate a professional video camera
• Compose shots/address lighting conditions
• Select and use corrective filters and lens
• Coordinate crew to position and operate camera
• Monitor the quality of the moving image
• Set up and operate a professional field mixer
• Operate as a ‘News’ style crew to record short interviews
• Operate as a crew to produce a television segment

Overview of Assessment

Demonstration of crew roles and technical camera, lighting and sound recording skills in a range of settings.