The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course explores creative and technical processes in video, sound, radio, web-based and multimedia productions. It requires students to develop an individual project in one of these media forms or in a combination of them, with the exception of video projects, which will usually be achieved collaboratively in a small group. Innovative linking between media forms is encouraged. The development of the project and the associated exegesis will prepare students for the transition to professional practice or to further study.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Realise, conceive, plan, prepare and produce a major work, or collection of works, in either video, sound, radio, web-based on-line or multimedia productions.

2. Demonstrate practical knowledge and skills through advanced media techniques.

3. Create and present an individual media project, or in video to collaborate in the making of a project, which demonstrates their capacity to grow into adaptable professional media practitioners.


Topics covered include:

  1. Pre-production planning processes, including researching content, identifying and working to a brief and working to an audience.
  2. Organisational aspects of media productions, including administration, budget, WHS, insurance and legal matters.
  3. Examining and creating the conditions for effective production.
  4. Workshopping and delivering completed media production projects.
  5. Media productions as academic research.
  6. Considering presentation requirements in the context of intended audience.
  7. Writing an exegesis inclusive of theoretical, technical and aesthetic aspects of the project.


Students must have successfully completed at least 140 units to enrol in this course and must be active in one of Bachelor of Communication 11496 or Bachelor of Creative Industries 40215 or Bachelor of Music 40206 or Bachelor of Visual Communication Design 40208, or Bachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws 12342.

Assumed knowledge

Demonstrable production skills and techniques in any of the following areas: video, sound, radio, web-based, online or multimedia production gained from courses within the Media Production Major in Bachelor of Communication.

Successful completion of 50 units of courses at the 2000 level or above, and 20 units at 3000 level from the majors in the B Communication or associated combined degrees.

Assessment items

Professional Task: Development of Individual or Group Project - 20%

Professional Task: Individual Crew Role Paperwork - 10%

Written Assignment: Individual Exegesis Proposal and Exegesis - 40%

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



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

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Access to production facilities will be allocated for self directed learning component. Three hours per week is suggested minimum time.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks