Undergraduate Degree




DP3010 Moving Image for Still Photographers

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DP2000, DP2005; Academic Unit: 3.0]



DP2000, DP2005

Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To learn the fundamentals of video making from video camerawork and sound recording to video editing and final mastering.


The course provides an overview of video and sound recording, pre-production and post production techniques, and the development of linear and non-linear narratives. Students will be introduced to examples of video art. The relationship of still to moving image will be examined. Interspersed with technical workshops will be small creative/technical assignments the first half of the semester culminating in a final project due at the end of the semester.

Course Outline




• Fundamentals of moving image and color, standards, video codecs and compression


• Fundamentals of sound, room acoustics, location sound recording, microphones, monitoring


• Fundamentals of video pre-production, logistics management, storyboarding, location scouting


• Linear and Non-Linear Narratives, Narrative Styles, A survey of Video Art Part 1


• Basics of Ingesting, Logging, Data Management, A survey of Video Art Part 2


• Post-Production Workflow, Offline Editing, NLEs, Creating Sequences


• Premiere Pro / Final Cut Workshop


• Audition / ProTools Workshop; Basic Sound Design, Foley, Mixing


• Basic colorgrading for Video, Primary & Secondary Color Correction


• Mastering and finishing

11 - 13

• Final Projects

Learning Outcome

Students will receive a basic understanding of video making and production culminating in the creation of their own video work.

Student Assessment

Students are supposed to demonstrate their understanding and ability to create a video work through camerawork, sound recording, pre and post production techniques, and the development of both linear and non-linear narratives. They will also demonstrate their understanding of various techniques fundamentals through in-class workshops, presentations and technical assignments. 


Students will be assessed by:

60%: Continuous assessment of weekly exercises designed to aid students demonstrate, in an organised and systematic workflow, the various technique fundamentals in class.  Assignments may include designing storyboards, proposing locations for scouting and the potential logistics management required, quizzes on logging, data management and creating sequences, and proficiency tests for post-production softwares.


30%: Final Assessment in the form of a video work will be created by each student.  Assessment criteria will include the display of adequate understanding of video and sound recording, pre and post production techniques, the development of both linear and non-linear narratives, a systematic workflow put in place from pre to post production and to mastering and finalising, the artist’s intention and motivation for the conceptualisation of the final work.

10%: Class Participation through in-class discussions, presentations and peer evaluation. Student should actively participate in discussions, feedback on their peers’ presentation and sharing.


  • Digital filmmaking for Beginners: A practical guide to video production Author Hughes, Michael K., Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Pub date: c2012. pages: viii, 188 p.: ISBN: 9780071791366

  • Video production handbook Author Owens, Jim, 1957- Publisher: Elsevier/Focal Press, Pub date: c2012. Pages: xix, 395 p. :ISBN: 9780240522203

  • Between stillness and motion: film, photography, algorithms Author Røssaak, Eivind. Publisher: Amsterdam University Press, Pub date: 2011. Pages: 239 p.: ISBN: 9789089642134

  • Video : the reflexive medium Author Spielmann, Yvonne. Publisher: MIT Press, Pub date: c2008. Pages: viii, 371 p.: ISBN:9780262195669