ACF209 - Experimental Screens

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: To be advised
Trimester 3: To be advised




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 3-hour seminar per week for 11-weeks


This unit examines the global, historical and cultural context and practice of small-scale independent screen production for a range of contexts including cinema, small screens, inter-disciplinary performance-based (Theatre/Dance & Drama) or installation (Visual Arts, Photography). This is the kind of practice that students can continue when they graduate.

Students will be challenged in this unit by the unconventional processes, styles, forms and presentation methods of experimental film, video art and inter-disciplinary practice. Approaches will be introduced to enable a multi-layered, analytic and creative engagement between the individual, the media they are working with and listener-viewer-participants.

Students will undertake a research project on innovative screen-based practice and an individual, experimental production project. Through this practical creative work, students hone basic production skills in camerawork, sound recording, multi-track sound design and editing. Assessment tasks incorporate live and online presentation and sharing of formative peer feedback prior to submission.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Integrate personal and structural approaches into both a critical appreciation of historical artistic work and the invention of an original work of creative practice

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Construct a research-based paper that demonstrates an understanding of personal and structural approaches and the professional, social, economic and cultural contexts of experimental screen production

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Evaluate the work of peers and recommend and synthesise peer advice: Students will receive feedback from each other, on their research paper in draft form, in time to improve it for final submission

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Invent, develop, design, compose, manage, create and improve an original screen-based project to be presented and defended as an original creative work

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Engaging ethically and productively in the professional context, gauge and select local and international events appropriate for the public presentation of specific original creative works

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Research report 1600 words 40% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Production Project 2400 words 60% Milestones due from week 5-12

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 ACF209
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.

Unit Fee Information

Click on the fee link below which describes you: