ATS2983 - Screen project: From film theory to digital video practice - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Film and Screen Studies


Mr Billy Head

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Students are required to have a portable external hard drive for this unit in order to store video files and A-V assignments.


This practice-based unit provides students with an opportunity to test and explore theoretical and critical concepts introduced in gateway units through practical application of the following key areas in screen media: editing, point of view, sound and image relationships, graphics and text. Students will acquire the skills to develop and produce a short video project. 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 work in small groups and to attain a competence in most but not all of the following aspects of video production: scriptwriting, production planning, filming using digital video cameras and lights, and editing and sound-mixing using 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. 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 knowledge of a wide range of options for this kind of work.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 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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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.