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MEDA100 Making Digital Movies

Teaching organisation

3 hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent of lectures, tutorials, workshops/online or on campus.

Unit rationale, description and aim

Increasingly video production is taking a range of forms predominantly viewed in an online environment. These platforms include such sites as YouTube, Tik Tok, Facebook and Instagram. In response to this everchanging landscape this unit will encourage students to analyse existing production modes and platforms and apply this research to create for new and emerging video forms that will have resonance with the wider community.

In this unit students will build on their basic knowledge of video production from MEDA100 and use this knowledge to explore video as suitable for a range of contemporary forms and genres with a particular emphasis on online applications. Students will research a variety of video production styles and platforms and produce on screen productions suitable for such platforms.

This unit aims to encourage students to become familiar with video production genres used in a wide range of platforms and to apply this knowledge to the production of videos for such online platforms.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - Describe in detail the production processes associated with a variety of online video forms (GA1, GA4, GA5, GA7, GA9, GA10)

LO2 - Develop a concept/script that can be translated into production (GA3, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7, GA8, GA9)

LO3 - Produce scripted video productions for a range of target audiences within an online environment (GA1, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7, GA8, GA9, GA10)

Graduate attributes

GA1 - demonstrate respect for the dignity of each individual and for human diversity

GA3 - apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA6 - solve problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives into account

GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively 

GA8 - locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information 

GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 

GA10 - utilise information and communication and other relevant technologies effectively.


The unit builds on basic skills learned in MEDA100 Making Digital Movies to further develop skills and knowledge of the video production medium. Through a series of structured exercises, students will have the opportunity to use a range of video production equipment to produce a series of short video pieces suitable for broadcasting online. Students will evaluate and critically analyse the latest production modes to inform their practice.

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

The unit is delivered as a 3-hour workshop and encourages students to use theory to underpin production concepts. Many classes will be practical in nature. These are sequenced in accordance with constructivist principles to guide you with formative tasks completed mainly in workshops, to a more complex summative task that allows the students to apply their skills to a video project. These workshops will enable students to articulate and critique ideas with their peers and apply theory in a range of practical exercises.

MEDA201 builds on the skills attained in MEDA100.The Unit aims to introduce students to cutting edge genres and platforms for video production. Many ACU media graduates have gone on to find employment within the media industries in content production and with this in mind, students need to be aware of new and emerging video platforms and production techniques. MEDA201 prioritises the attainment and production of industry based practical outcomes which are evidenced in the assessment tasks.

This unit will explore the trends and production values of a selection of these platforms to help inform the students productions in this course. Students will be asked to research, script and produce video for specific platforms.

Assessment strategy and rationale

In MEDA201, students will be asked to demonstrate an engagement with online video production, technology and cultural forms, at an advanced level. A range of assessment procedures will be used that combine to meet the learning outcomes and graduate attributes of the unit, consistent with University assessment requirements. They will allow students to apply their research and skills to authentic outcomes directly relatable to their study and possible future careers. Such procedures may include scriptwriting for online video production, analytic and/or descriptive writing tasks related to the practical work undertaken and the production of online videos 

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Pitch of concept

Requires students to demonstrate their ability to articulate their ideas for a production and demonstrate the research that has informed this.



GA1, GA4, GA5, GA7, GA9, GA10


Requires students to apply their research and ideas to an industry-standard written form.


LO1, LO2

GA1, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7, GA8, GA9, GA10

Online Video Production

Requires students to apply all their skills and research to a finished authentic outcome.


LO1, LO2, LO3

GA1, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7, GA8, GA9, GA10

Representative texts and references

Boyd, A, Stewart, P & Alexander, R 2008, Broadcast Journalism, Techniques of Radio and Television News, 6th  edn, Focal Press, London.

Braverman, B 2014, Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques, Focal Press, Burlington,

Compesi, R & Gomez, J 2005, Introduction to Video Production: Studio, Field, and Beyond, Pearson.

Grove, E 2014, Raindance Producers' Lab Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking, 7th edn, Focal Press, Burlington.

Millerson, G & Owens, J 2011, Video Production Handbook, 5th edn, Focal Press, London.

Musburger, R 2014, Single Camera Video Production, 6th edn, Focal Press, Burlington.

Vineyard, J 2008, Setting Up Your Shots: Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know, 2nd edn, Michael Wiese Productions, Studio City CA.

Zettl, H, 2015 Television Production Handbook, 12th edn, CENGAGE, Stamford.

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