Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
Organisational UnitDepartment of Design
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Mr Robin Hely


This unit extends student's knowledge of concepts and tools applicable to digital and audio production techniques. It builds sequentially upon the skills and knowledge of preceding units by providing a focus upon advanced principles of digital audio and video design and industry-standard software applications. With a greater focus on specialization the students will concentrate on utilizing the medium to a professional level. Emphasis is placed upon exploring the potential of digital video and audio as a medium for inclusion in a wide range of communications and multimedia applications and over various contexts. In this unit student's knowledge will also extend beyond video editing software to sound and DVD authoring applications. Emphasis is placed upon students developing their creative skills through a combination of directed and self-directed practice. On completion students will then be able to confidently return to their studios and utilize these skills artistically and/or commercially with a higher degree of professionalism and understanding of the medium.


On successful completion of this unit students should:

  1. utilise a range of software applications (including sound and media authoring) to an advanced level in the creation, editing and realization of conceptual digital audio video works;
  2. have an advanced practical and critical understanding of video production (including various lighting conditions, advanced camera operations and audio recording techniques);
  3. be able to produce a major body of work which demonstrates advanced technique integrally linked with ambitious ideas;
  4. have an advanced understanding of video encoding for a range a distribution methods (web, DVD authoring, digital media players);
  5. Applying highly polished audio video production skills to a range of potential output considerations such as: film, video, short film, television, documentary, web, documentation and video art
  6. have considered how their work is placed in the context of current art and design practice;
  7. be able to articulate their practice with clarity and insight to a high standard;
  8. understand key production roles such as: producer, director, art director, director of photography, lighting, sound recordist and editor;
  9. observe and employ occupational health and safety appropriate to studio practice.


Folio 90% (which includes progressive assessment), Journal 10%.

Workload requirements

12 hours per week, comprising 3 contact hours (1hr lecture plus 2 hrs tutorial) and 9 independent study hours

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