Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Art


Dr Michael Vale


Not offered in 2016


This unit will offer a continuation of skills and knowledge acquired in its introductory unit VCO2903. Students will be asked to work at an advanced level of production - either individually or in collaboration - while scrutinising current cinema practice in greater depth.

Art & 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.

The unit will involve a close analysis of films as complete works, but more particularly by exploring certain themes and visual strategies. This will be done in the context of cinema history and theory. Students will also be set creative tasks culminating in the production of a longer moving image work or a cinema-informed artwork.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Understand film narrative as a visual method
  2. Produce creative works that apply aspects of film language either in the form of (longer) moving image works or cinema informed projects within student's own studio discipline.
  3. Investigate the role of the crew in a film project, and collaborate with others to produce creative works.
  4. Critically discuss theoretical and technical issues related to the expression and communication of design ideas through the medium of film
  5. Apply understanding and knowledge of film culture and process to longer moving image works/ projects (either individually or collaboratively).
  6. Discuss critical theory in relation to film culture building on knowledge of cinema history and world cinema.


Assessment is 100% by folio at mid-semester and end of semester. The folio will be comprised of works produced during the duration of the unit, and may also include student's works made independently of the unit, and a journal which will document on-going progress and research over the semester.

Idea for a film work with storyboard + Photo-sequence based on storyboard + journal 50%

Final moving image work or cinema-informed artwork + journal 50%

Workload requirements

12 hours per week, including 4 contact hours and 8 independent study hours

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


VCO2903 or PHO2204