ACF103 - Writing with the Camera

Unit details

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2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Colin Perry
Trimester 2: Colin Perry
Trimester 3: Colin Perry

ACM112 Writing with the Camera

Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in an Arts course or D303, D305, D311, D312, D313, D317, D319, D330, D347, D385, D391 or M325



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

In-person attendance requirements:

Students must attend and participate in project-based activities at the Burwood campus on the scheduled days during the trimester, commencing in week 1


Student enrolment quotas apply to this unit

*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This unit is an introduction to the foundations of film and video practice and aims to equip students with the necessary technical skills to undertake further production units. It explores the technology of high definition video cameras and non-linear digital editing software. It is a practical unit that requires attendance to participate in the assessment activities; a series of camera, audio and editing exercises that will contribute to the development of industry standard production skills.

Topics will include:

  • digital video camera operation
  • industry standard framing, composition and visual language
  • basic lens theory
  • recording and working with audio in digital video
  • non-linear editing and data management
  • constructing sequences: overlay and continuity
ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Identify and manipulate the technical elements involved in a high definition digital video production work flow

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy


Explain the technical and creative elements of video production

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply appropriate production techniques to specific screen forms

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Apply audio visual processes to communicate information

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Folio 1 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 6
Assessment 2 - Topic Texts 800 words or equivalent 20% Week 9
Assessment 3 - Folio 2 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACF103
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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