FNA2903 - Art and design in film - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Art

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Michael Vale


Dr Michael Vale

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


Admission to a degree program of the Faculty of Art & Design. Non Art & Design students require prior permission from an Art & Design course coordinator to enrol in this unit.


VCO2901, VCO2903


Art & Design in film is an elective unit involving close visual analysis of selected feature films. While embracing theoretical concerns the primary emphasis is on the visual component of the film and the unit is therefore particularly suited to Art Design and Architecture students.

The unit will involve a close analysis of films 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 short moving image work or a cinema-informed artwork.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. be able to apply aspects of film language to enable them to work more effectively within their major art and design discipline
  2. have developed their ability to critically discuss theoretical and technical issues related to the expression and communication of design ideas through the medium of film
  3. have gained a sound knowledge of film culture and process
  4. have gained a basic knowledge of recent critical theory related to film culture
  5. have developed an understanding of film narrative and be capable of analysing their conceptual technical features.


Three assigned written/visual projects totaling 100%

Workload requirements

4 hour lecture + 8 hours private research per week


3 week intensive program (144 hours total study)

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