Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitFilm and Television Studies
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr David Hanan


Previously coded FTV3020


This 12 point unit is designed to build on existing theoretical, critical and historical units in Film and TV. It culminates in groups of students producing videos as part of their assessment, and it focuses on students acquiring the skills necessary to do so, including script development. Time is devoted to looking at a range of videos/short films in order to think through a production's rationale and theoretical relevance. Students are expected to attain a competence in most of aspects of video filming using digital video cameras and supplementary sound systems and lights, and to develop a proficiency in editing and sound mixing using new computer-based digital video-editing software.


On successfully completing this unit, the student will:

  1. Have attained a basic competence in operating equipment related to the major stages of video production: video cameras, sound equipment (microphones), and lights; and developed proficiency in using computer based digital video editing and sound mixing systems.
  2. Have a knowledge and practical experience of research processes relevant to particular kinds of production, together with script development methods, story boarding techniques, and pre-production planning.
  3. Have begun to explore ways of expressing her/his own ideas and viewpoints in an effective form using video, both through individual writing and in a context of co-operative group production work.
  4. will be able to relate the production work they are doing to some of the theoretical and critical questions about film and representation discussed in other courses.
  5. Have a knowledge of a wide range of options for this kind of work.


An individually produced short script with theoretical notes(2700 words): 30%
An individual shooting and editing exercise testing:
(a) an understanding of the principles of continuity editing, and
(b) a basic competence in using Final Cut Pro editing software: 15%
Professional development project focused on developing expertise in using cameras, sound equipment and post production software done with your group: 20%
A class presentation jointly done with another student (technical or aesthetic): 7% + Assessment of the role a student plays in a group's major project: 24%
A 400 word report on your group's projects: 4%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

5 hours

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