Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Michael Vale, Ms Donna McRae


Design in film is an elective unit involving close visual analysis of selected feature films. The unit focuses on design as part of the visual language of film. While embracing theoretical concerns the primary emphasis is on the design component of the film and the unit is therefore particularly suited to Art and Design students. Assignments 1 and 2 will involve close analysis of films as complete works, but more particularly the structure of key sequences and the role of design in these sequences.Assignment 3 will involve a study of the design contribution of one of the following areas of film expertise (cinematographer, production designer, costume designer, or film titles designer).


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. be able to apply aspects of film language to enable them to work more effectively within their major art and design discipline;
  2. have developed their ability to critically discuss theoretical and technical issues related to the expression and communication of design ideas through the medium of film;
  3. have gained a sound knowledge of film culture and process;
  4. have gained a basic knowledge of recent critical theory related to film culture;
  5. have developed an understanding of film narrative and be capable of analysing their conceptual technical features.


Three assigned written/visual projects totaling 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Gene Bawden

Contact hours

4 hour lecture
8 hours private research per week
3 week intensive program (144 hours total study)


48 points of units at level one and OHS1000