COMM501 Film Techniques and Digital Effects

Updated: 21 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ENCO301 or COMM301 or ENCO501

offered in even-numbered years

Combined Units COMM301 - Film Techniques and Digital Effects
Coordinator(s) Cate Dowd (
Unit Description

This unit explores techniques used in feature films and online video, including editing, green screens, digital compositing and innovative techniques, such as motion capture, lighting boxes and mobile vertical screens. It also outlines various methods and tools used in production and for creating digital effects (FX), including modelling, spatial effects, and immersive sound. The unit begins with historical perspectives associated with montage and sound in film and compares scale models used in early science fiction films with contemporary digital techniques. Some film theory is also integrated into the unit to help critically evaluate film techniques and digital effects.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge of film principles and techniques in the digital age, including digitisation and digital effects;
  2. apply film and digital media terms of analysis that are relevant in the digital age, including global contexts;
  3. research, analyse and synthesise text and media resources that demonstrate advanced literacy of film techniques, including digital effects; and
  4. communicate in-depth knowledge, including theory of film and digital effects, using appropriate disciplinary forms and conventions of writing.