Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Provides students with the skills, knowledge and ability to create a screen production. Students learn how to design both editorial and technical content for field and studio production. This may include segments produced in the field to be played back within the studio environment. Emphasis in this course is placed on the fundamentals of cinematography, including the language of screen production through composition, image capture, lenses, lighting, and spacial continuity. Student will collaborate in groups on screen production projects and they will have the opportunity to experience various field and studio production roles when completing assessment exercises and group-initiated projects.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding of screen production formats for field and studio productions.

2. Design, write and critically analyse original screen ideas for both editorial content and aesthetic techniques for screen production.

3. Identify and critically reflect on the creative process related for screen production practices.

4. Demonstrate effective and articulate professional communication skills when negotiating safe screen productions in the field and in the studio.


Topics to be covered are:

  1. Screen Production formats for field and studio productions.
  2. Designing and writing screen production content for field and studio.
  3. Aesthetic and technical content development for screen-based productions.
  4. Creative practice and processes for the screen production
  5. Field and studio etiquette and risk assessment. 

Assumed knowledge

CMNS1240. For students who enrolled before 2020, assumed knowledge is CMNS1230, CMNS1005 and CMNS1130.

It will be assumed that students can demonstrate an ability to develop short video content, utilise single camera production techniques used in the field and can edit using non-linear software.

Assessment items

Journal: Learning Journal About Television Practice - 25%

Project: Project A - Single - Camera Production - 20%

Project: Project B - Multi-camera Studio Production - 30%

Presentation: Debate - 25%

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Tutorial: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory online safety induction (equipment usage) by week 2.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Film Screening

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks starting in week 13


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 19 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 2

1 hour(s) per week 5 weeks - Weeks 2 - 6 2 hour(s) per week 7 weeks - Weeks 7-12

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