Digital Video

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Design, Communication and Information Technology
Availability Trimester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

At the successful completion of this course, students will:

  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
Replacing Course(s) DESN6400 - Digital Imaging
Transition CMNS6040 replaces DESN6400. Students who have passed DESN6400 cannot count CMNS6040 for credit. Students who have failed DESN6400 should enrol in CMNS6040.
Industrial Experience 0
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.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Journal -
  • Projects -
Contact Hours
  • Computer Lab: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for CMNS6040

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