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Diploma of Screen and Media: Film & Television

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Course Overview

This Diploma of Screen and Media offers professional academic instructions in the arts and sciences of motion pictures and television. It is a combination of the Certificate IV in Digital Media Technologies (Video Production) and a unique Screen & Media program.

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The Certificate IV in Digital Media Technologies (Video Production) is for anyone seeking a successful career as a Digital Media Producer, Assistant Producer or Graphic Designer.

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills in graphic design, digital video, social media and interactive multimedia technologies. The focus of this course is creating digital video and multimedia resource content with social media in mind.

The course also aims to give the student knowledge of the technical, creative and business aspects of the film/television industries. This includes practical hands on training in the operation of professional equipment and the state-of-the-art techniques. The course aims to produce artists with technical proficiency and technicians who are also artists, and is for anyone who is serious about making an immediate and significant contribution to the entertainment industry.

The training is delivered via a number of formats. High quality online learning environments including video and interactive audio visual environments. The ACIT online learning portal provides the logical and sequential structure of the course. Students are given access to the learning portal which also provides the means to interact with their trainer, submit work, and receive feedback.

Students are also given access to practical in house training with a access to the latest software and hardware that allows students to understand the principles on how to operate the equipment in the film and television industry. Students are awarded the qualification on successful completion of the assessment activities and demonstration of competence in the workplace.

CURRICULUM

Section 1: DESIGN CONCEPTS & VIDEO FUNDAMENTALS

This subject introduces the fundamentals of Photoshop and Illustrator teaching a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. This subject demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop and Illustrator. The subject will allow students to create work at closely represent current work developed in the surfing industry

  • Learning and customizing the interface and workspace
  • Utilizing various manual and guided selection techniques
  • Working with Adobe Camera Raw
  • Adding special effects with layer styles and Smart Filters
  • Creating Photomerge panoramas
  • Optimizing photos for the web and creating web galleries

This Subject covers the Premiere Pro workflow from a high level, providing a background on how projects go from start to finish before diving into basic clip adjustments, such as color correcting scenes for more dramatic impact, applying transitions effectively, and slowing down and speeding up clip playback. The course includes creative techniques, such as making titles and removing a green screen background from a shot. The subject concentrates on how to capture images using the latest digital capture equipment to maximum effect taking into account different challenges arising for a cinematographer.

  • Adding footage to the Timeline
  • Creating dynamically linked content
  • Making overlay and insert edits
  • Moving edit points
  • Playing a clip backwards
  • Understanding pixel aspect ratio and frame rate
  • Applying motion effects
  • Cutting video to music
  • Compositing with green screen and blend modes
  • Correcting color
  • Creating titles and lower thirds
  • Exporting sequences

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This subject teaches fundamentals motion graphics and design techniques in the surfing industry from the ground up. He shows how to gather video, audio, and graphical source materials into layered compositions, make edits and adjustments, and then bring it all to life with a powerful array of visual effects and animation techniques. These skills are demonstrated in a series of increasingly intricate projects. At the end of the program you will be able to utilise the skills in creating visual enhancing visual effective surfing footage

  • Adding footage to the Timeline
  • Creating dynamically linked content
  • Making overlay and insert edits
  • Moving edit points
  • Playing a clip backwards
  • Understanding pixel aspect ratio and frame rate
  • Applying motion effects
  • Cutting video to music
  • Compositing with green screen and blend modes
  • Correcting color
  • Creating titles and lower thirds
  • Exporting sequences

Section 2: SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
This subject introduces the student to world wide phenomenon that is YouTube where hundreds of thousands of videos are uploaded every day. In this subject the student explores all the key concepts and techniques necessary to thrive on the site, including viewing, uploading, sharing, and tracking videos. The subject covers building an account, sharing with social networks, and the fundamentals of shooting and editing film for a YouTube audience, namely surfing enthusiasts, as well as tips for creating a brand, removing compression artifacts, and analysing video performance.

  • Searching and viewing videos
  • Creating an account and uploading videos
  • Exporting and compressing
  • Embedding content
  • Creating a customized video channel
  • Authoring a video blog
  • Sharing content via Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks
  • Tracking views, audience demographics, and viewership interest
  • Replacing audio content with Audio Swap tracks
  • Including closed captions and custom annotations

Camera
6 Weeks
This subject introduces the students the theory and practical techniques of shooting digital video. Students will learn terminology, such as progressive, interlaced, frame rate, data rate, fps, aspect ratio, sample rate, resolution, waveform, and many more. Those with no prior knowledge of editing software will acquire a firm grasp of DV editing though this course. Practical shooting will be conducted at a number of well known surfing locations on the Gold Coast learning the fundamental techniques of how to shoot in a natural environment.

Topics include:

  • Composition
  • What is depth of field
  • Difference between Linear and non linear capturing
  • Cinematography
  • OHS fundamentals
  • Looking after and setting up equipment
  • Using filters

 The subject introduces the student to project management and how to take a project from start to finish. Students examines the concepts of project management, from defining the problem, establishing project objectives, and building a project plan to meeting deadlines, managing team resources, and closing the project. The subject also provides tips for reporting on project performance, keeping a project on track, and gaining customer acceptance. The project will evolve around creating a small 5 minute video on the topic of their choice.

Topics include:

  • Understanding projects and project management
  • Exploring project management software options
  • Gathering requirements
  • Identifying deliverables and success criteria
  • Creating a scope statement
  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Building a work breakdown structure
  • Identifying resources
  • Building a schedule
  • Creating a risk management plan
  • Developing a change management plan
  • Understanding team dynamics
  • Gathering data
  • Evaluating project schedule and cost performance
  • Documenting lessons learned
  • Closing contracts, accounts, and transitioning

Section 3: Operational Health & Safety

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) training is an important component of an effective OHS management system and legal requirement under OHS laws. This subject provides OHS instruction, training and information particularly with regards to the legislative risk management and consultative provisions that workers (employees, crew, freelancers & contractors) are required to participate in. The subject meets the Work Cover authority OHS construction induction training requirements. Managers, employees, crew, freelancers &and contractors who hold this OHS qualification can work across productions, employers and Australian jurisdictions.
This is a required class designed to give the beginning film student a comprehensive overview of the film making process. Students will become familiar with industry specific jobs and fundamental techniques of production, as well as basic camera operation, lighting, writing story boarding, sound and editing skills. Students will also be instructed in important safety procedures and guidelines with regards to the equipment, props, permits, locations and sets. As a result of this class, each student will be well versed in the rules and requirements of the equipment centre, as well as basic set etiquette. This class is participatory, collaborative and hands on.
This is a required class designed to give the intermediate film students a comprehensive overview/ review of the film making process. Students will become familiar with various approaches to camera operation, lighting, writing, lighting and storyboarding, sound and editing. Students will also be instructed in important safety procedures and guidelines with regards to equipment, props, permits, locations and sets. Additionally students will be asked to examine issues of aesthetics and style with regards to their own work. As a result of this class, each student will be well versed in the rules and requirements of each centre, as well as basic set etiquette.
This class is participatory, collaborative and hands-on.
This subject introduces the basic features and tools of Microsoft Office Excel, including the following: getting to know Excel, setting up workbook, performing calculations on data, changing document appearance, filtering and recording data, combining data from multiple sources, creating charts, printing, and collaborating in Excel.
This required subject provides the student with the basic of screenwriting, emphasizing formatting, story structure, character development, conflict, and techniques of storytelling. This subject will focus on the elements of screenwriting through lectures, writing and the discussion and analysis of film writing and structure. Students will be required to create two screen plays for short films (between 10-15 pages), as well as various other exercises and assignments.
This course is designed as an overview of the cinema and an introduction to course aesthetics of filmmaking, taken from an historical perspective. We will look at the cinema from several directions and perspectives. This means we will approach it as business, as a technology, as an entertainment, as a medium and art form, and as a cultural product. We will consider the ways in which film style and discourse have evolved over the past 100-plus years. Ultimately, however, the goal of the course is quite simple: to enable you to think critically about the film.

Section 4: Screen & Media Fundamentals, Internship
Script analysis seeks to identify the essential building blocks of drama, and to understand how those elements combine to affect an audience and create a dramatic experience. The course offers analytical tools for relating to the script in such a way as to arrive at its dramatic core and so to express its essential meaning.
The students are introduces to the creative world of motion picture and digital editor; to study the language and theory of film editing, and basic story concepts, and to practice using them in a hands on matter. Students will gain an awareness of the importance in the understanding of the editor’s creative role in realizing the completed film, which is the final step of the storytelling process. This hands- on class introduces essential skills using premiere (digitalizing footage, preparing bins for editing, working with time code and creating your personal settings, etc.) and good editing habits along with understanding and appreciation of editing in the storytelling process.
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As an Editing practice course students will be allowed to practice hands on story techniques using final cut pro and AVID with an emphasis on integrating technical knowledge into the larger goal of storytelling.
As an Editing Theory course students will be introduced to the history of film editing as well as its techniques and principles. All lessons and examples will be reinforced with screenings and historically important clips and films showing the development of the editing technique from the importing of the first clip through the output of the final finished film.
At the completion of this subject students should:

  • Be confident in their ability to perform basic editing.
  • Understand the history of importance of film editing.
  • Be familiar with the final Cut Pro & apple computers.
  • Be familiar with editing techniques and principles.
  • Understand the principles of AVID.
  • Have developed some critical editing & storytelling skills.
  • Understand the importance of coverage and basic editing “tricks.”
  • Understand the proper setup and organization of editing files.

In this age of visual literacy, a good story is only the starting point for creating a good film. An audiences perceptions are equally influenced by the meanings and emotions conveyed by a director’s choice of visual elements and the rhythms, patterns and comparisons created by the juxtaposition and arrangement of images.
All images consist of expressive visual components which convey messages, whether you want them to or not. Unless a director controls these elements, he or she risks both not communicating what was intended and communicating something quite different than what was intended. Similar, a casual or haphazard combining the images could confuse the viewer and diminish or destroy the overall emotional effect of the story.
It is the purpose of this subject to study the integration of form and content in narrative film. We will examine how the visual and structural elements which make up the cinematic form can be used to reinforce, create and comment upon a story and its underlying ideas. We will stress both understanding how these elements are used by others and being able to skilfully apply them to one’s work.
Design is planning, and we will stress the importance of careful, intelligent planning along with the ability to meld a creator’s passion with an objective eye in order to achieve true artistic control.
Cinematography students further their understanding and appreciation of the art and craft of cinematography by studying the prime concepts of cinematography, equipment procedures, camera mechanics, interior and exterior lighting, pre-production planning, composition, optics, electricity and safety, exposure, colour and collaboration.
This subject is designed for the beginning film students to receive hands on training using the tools of the director of Photography. The student will gain knowledge of the various occupations in both the camera and lighting departments. The course is designed to have students become familiar with shooting film and video, and learning the concepts needed to control the quality of the image. The students will review the rules, procedures, and proper handling of school equipment. Students will gain knowledge touching on aspects of camera systems (film and video), Film Stocks, Basic Lighting designs, Lighting and Grip equipment, Exposure, Interior and exterior lighting control, and colour temperature. This course provides and introduction to the skills needed to reproduce the photographic reality of a scene, or to create a visual mood. The student will receive hands on training in these areas with a professional working in the field.
Motion graphics production isn’t limited to the digital world. This subject takes you back into the studio to create custom motion backgrounds. Taking digitally captured footage and combines it with effects in popular post production tools like Adobe After Effects and Avid resulting in rich, abstract backdrops for your project. Taking concepts like layers, keyframes, rendering, and moving in 3D space. The rest of the subject expands on these ideas, and shows how to build compositions with
layers, perform rotoscoping, animate your composition with keyframes, add effects and transitions, and render and export the finished piece. Using projects to demonstrate keying green screen footage and creating an advanced 3D composition with the expanded 3D tools.
This subject provides students with the information about the duties of the UPM, Assistant Director, and production Coordinator (the “Production Team”). Students will learn the process of a production from the perspective of the production team from development to wrap. Student will learn to schedule and budget scripts both manually and through computerized programs. They will see how their work actually appeared on the screen. Students will learn the aspects of both the production office and the set and the relationship of the production team to individual departments of the shooting crew. Students will learn about many of the forms and rules required for the production. There will be handouts, discussions, guest lecturers, and homework assignments.
Internship
10 hours
An intern is a student who performs the duties of an apprentice in a work environment. Employers in the real world value industry experience. An internship program also allows an employer to identify potential job candidates for any upcoming positions.Gain valuable hands on experience
• Connect with the industry professionals
• Build mentoring relationships with Hollywood to last
you a lifetime
• Add value to your resume
• Gives the employer the opportunity to choose

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Level Advanced
QUALIFICATIONS CUA51015
Duration 50 weeks
INSTITUTION IFTV
Branch Gold Coast
Seats Available 30
Domestic Fees $11950
International Fees $11950
Price $11,950.00

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