Available in 2018

Course handbook


Introduces students to the concepts, theory and practice of digital video in contemporary media environments. The course aims to develop student's understanding of the historical, social and creative contexts that contribute to digital video practice through readings and tutorials. Students will explore production and post-production processes, methods and techniques. The study will include the analysis and critique of contemporary digital video content, together with theoretical and practical projects designed to explore the creative potential of digital video production.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Trimester 1 - 2018

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): DESN6400. Students who have successfully completed DESN6400 are not eligible to enrol in CMNS6040.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Have developed an understanding of the historical, social and creative contexts, production, platforms, genre and uses of digital video within contemporary media practice;

2. Have gained knowledge and skills in planning, developing and editing digital video and of different files and formats;

3. Be able to produce creative digital video content suitable for use in a variety of platforms and media contexts;

4. Be able to critically appraise their own and the work of others.


This course will explore the production of digital video content.
Topics will be drawn, as appropriate, from:

  1. Digital video: the meeting place between cinema, video and digital media.
  2. Readings and essays on the history, social, cultural and creative contexts of digital video
  3. Composing with digital images and sounds
  4. Narrative and non-narrative structure and genre
  5. Understanding context: cross media and interactive media
  6. Digital video terminology, files and formats
  7. Project concept brief, pre-production, development and planning
  8. Production and post production processes, editing and mixing
  9. Digital special effects and compositing
  10. Production and analysis: platforms, context, exhibition and uses for digital video


This course replaces DESN6400. If you have successfully completed DESN6400 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

The course will assume that students have no previous knowledge of this field of study; however, it is assumed that students have a basic level of computer literacy.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

Journal: Journal

Project: Projects

Contact hours

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


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

For students studying on-line - Self Directed Learning: 4 Hours per Week for Full Term. Number of contact hours per week is a minimum recommendation and may vary with individual student's learning style for on-line courses.