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Advanced Media Seminars (SCR538)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 6
Description This unit prepares students for on-set activity by exposing them to advanced and intensive seminars with local industry professionals. The topics covered in theory and practice include on-set safety, gripping, camera, lighting, production design, and sound recording. This prepares students to be capable in many aspects of professional screen production work, and provides them with valuable industry insights and connections.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Entrepreneurialism
2. On-set Safety
3. 1st Assistant Director
4. Grip
5. Sound
6. Gaffer/Lighting Technician
7. Cinematographer
8. Camera assistant
9. Production Designer
10. Editing and Data Management
Timetabled Learning Activities Students will attend ongoing weekly seminars which cover theoretical and practical instruction to prepare students for on-set work. Seminars are usually 4 consecutive days of 3 hour sessions each morning, and homework will often be given.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is taught through intensive seminars, with a different industry professional and film-making role each week. The seminars are interactive, in that not only do these professionals have much knowledge to impart, but students will contribute greatly to the sessions through attempting practical exercises, participating in group discussions, posing thoughtful questions, and making astute observations. The sessions should be seen as sites of collaborative learning, instead of instructive and informative teaching.
In this unit students will be expected to 'live' film-making - not just show up to class to be taught. Form a community with other students and learn from each other. You should also engage with as many film projects as you can possibly fit into your spare time, and if there is no production happening you should be practicing your skills, reading film theory, watching film-making videos online, writing your own productions, watching films with other film-makers, and just immersing yourself in the world of film-making. This is how you become professional film-makers. We will also build some of this ethos into the assessments of the unit to assist with this.
Assessment This is a Pass/Fail unit, where students are either deemed set-ready, or not. This will determine their potential to embark on future on-set activities in the course. Each week students will be assessed as to their participation, homework completed, and knowledge gained in the intensive seminars. Students should work towards attaining a pass in each one, though the final results will inevitably indicate what crew role a student may find more suitable to their skills and knowledge.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Graduate Diploma in Media Production.
Previously 2016: MCC538
2015: 'Advanced Media Projects'
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr John McMullan

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2576
e: J.McMullan@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.062 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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