Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Provides students with the skills, knowledge and ability to critically engage with, discuss and evaluate music video genres, history, aesthetics, production and budgeting. Students will produce a music video in groups, with a focus on live performances and working client based scenarios with local musicians.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Winter - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate skills, knowledge and understandings relevant to music video as a promotional tool

2. Reflect critically on existing music videos, their own work and the work of their peers

3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of style, form and content by making a music video as live performance and/or narrative

4. Execute a client-based brief that is tied to budgetary and time constraints with independence and self-reliance.


  1. Music video history
  2. Music video budgeting, planning and pitching
  3. Music video production
  4. Music video editing
  5. Copyright issues
  6. Lighting
  7. Safety on sets
  8. Production design  

Assumed knowledge

CMNS1230 Foundations of Media Production, and CMNS1005 Media Production: Cinematography, CMNS1130 Media Production: Sound. It will be assumed that students can demonstrate digital video production methods and post-production methods utilising software programs. Software and camera operation will not be taught in this course - it is assumed knowledge

Assessment items

Project: Assessment 1 Music Video Edit (group/pairs) 30%

Project: Assessment 2 Music Video Shoot and Edit 40%

Written Assignment: Assessment 3 Reflection on practice 30%

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: 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 safety induction (equipment usage).

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Film Screening

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 22 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Term Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.