Undergraduate Degree




DG9004 Aesthetic and Creative Techniques of the Moving Image

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To place under analytical scrutiny the medium of television. To examine televsion and film from the point of view of its aesthetical and cinematic components.


This course will place under scrutiny the medium of television. The cinematic techniques that shape the moving images in television and film will be studied. Students will learn the basics of 'lensing' the image, composition, lighting, sound, visual effects, the role of computer generated images, and the art of editing. Students also apply the techniques learned in an analyses of television and film and in creating storyboards.

Course Outline



1 - 2

Nature of the TV medium; Image and Reality

• An introduction to the course and its purpose

• Nature of the TV medium

• TV News

• Reenactments and Docudramas

• Image and Reality

• The power of Mise-en-Scene

• Camera and the eye

3 - 4

Cinematic Quality of the Images & Lighting Aesthetics

• Lensing the image: framing; angles; focal length

• Camera movement

• Cinematic points of view

• Composition 

• Lighting aesthetics: Lighting purposes and functions

• Hard and soft light, Lighting setups

• Group analysis of cinematic quality of images after viewing film excerpts


Special Effects and Computer Generated Images

• Behind the scene of Special Effects - blue screen technology; matte painting; forced perspective; scale compositing; big rigs; scale doubles; use of miniatures

• How Computer Generated Images are created; digital imaging; image processing and manipulation; digital doubles; motion capture; compositing


The Art of Sound & Film Music

• Effects of words on images

• Creaton of Sound Effects

• Film Music

• Silence

• Dialogue recording

• Sound mixing

7 - 8

The Art of Editing

• The art of editing: graphic relations

• Visual and aural relationships

• Continuity editing

• Manipulating the audience

• Montage: from Eisenstein to MTV

• Students form groups to discuss and present the art of editing after viewing film excerpts


Continual Assessment or CA

• Students analyse in writing based on the film excerpts shown in class

10 - 11

Creation of Storyboards

• How to create a storyboard

• Students form into groups to brainstorm and create storyboards with given scenarios

• Students present and discuss the storyboards they have created


• Revision

Learning Outcome

The student will be able to analyse television and film from a formal and perceptual point of view. The student will be able to apply cinematic techniques learned in creating storyboards.

Student Assessment

a. Continuous Assessment: 100% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Lecture-based sessions

  • Individual and group written assignments


Recommended Reading:

Students are given notes and PowerPoint slides.