APG5184 - Video-making as research - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Film and Screen Studies


Mr Mark Poole

Quota applies

This unit has a quota of 30 students

Unit guides



  • Winter semester 2017 (On-campus block of classes)


The unit may be offered as part of the Winter Arts ProgramWinter Arts Program (http://www.monash.edu/students/courses/arts/winter-program.html).


The unit approaches video as a specific language that researchers can acquire and apply to their own disciplines, addressing it as a research methodology and particular mode of critical thinking. It will provide training in basic video techniques through a series of in-class exercises enabling researchers to use a video camera and record sound with some degree of confidence. Students will be introduced to basic principles of digital video editing. The emphasis will be upon the use of video to create knowledge significantly different from that of written texts, rather than merely gathering visual records. Students will also be given the opportunity to critically reflect on their work and video as a medium more broadly. The course assumes no prior knowledge of video-making but can also accommodate students who have professional experience.


Upon successful completion of the unit students will have:

  1. basic skills in using a video camera, including in recording sound and voice-over;
  2. an understanding of basic documentary filmmaking strategies;
  3. a recognition of the diverse ways in which the moving image fundamentally differs from written texts;
  4. the confidence to create a documentary video work as an integral part of their disciplinary methodology and research interests.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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