Short course

Screen Studies

Equip yourself to tell compelling stories via screen-based media.

Overview

Storytelling through screen-based media is a powerful means of communication. Already central to our personal lives, its readily accessible nature and broad reach means screen is increasingly important in our communities and workplaces, and an essential tool in advocacy, influence and action for both cohesion and change.

Based on contemporary approaches to storytelling and ‘new’ screen media, this highly interactive, online course will equip you to develop compelling moving image projects and build your capacity to work with others toward a shared creative vision.

Taught by directing, production and creativity experts from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, you will engage with a range of formats and scale, from a projection on a building to a wristwatch, being encouraged to view screen-media as limited only by your vision.

Reflecting current industry practices, you will act in multiple roles, including creative producer and director, learn about the roles and production processes unique to the genre, and collaborate with teams across Creative Arts Studios to develop a compelling screen-based project for a range of community and professional contexts.

Screen Studies, which is part of Creative Arts Studios, is made up of four individual studios delivered across the year. You can take as few or as many studios as you like, though we encourage you take all four to maximise your learning and deepen your practice.

Who should apply

This course is ideal for anyone interested in creating compelling screen-based works or imparting their perspective and influencing others, whether in personal artistic projects or in community or professional settings. You could be exploring screen-driven narratives for the first time, or keen to enhance your skills. If you enjoy collaborating and sharing ideas in industry-facing settings, Screen Studies is for you.

What you will learn

Each studio focuses on a key theme. Across the four studios, you will learn a range of screen-based creative production skills, including ideation, directorial, crewing and production capabilities, find your own unique voice and directorial tone, and how to apply your skills to various contexts.

You will learn to manage multiple viewpoints, work in a range of roles, and understand the relationships and collaborative frameworks essential to bringing successful screen-based projects to fruition.

Studio 1: Light and Shadow

Investigating light and shadow through observation.

  • Finding your screen story (eg for music video or games)
  • Foundational screen techniques with focus on lighting and sound
  • Overview of historical and contemporary practices
  • Overview of screen types and scale, roles and responsibilities for production
  • Exploratory practices and expression based on the theme of light and shadow
  • A short experimental screen project may be created using available FFAM or personal equipment.

Studio 2: Body and Movement

Investigating scale, movement and space through the senses.

  • Finding your screen story (eg for public display - watch or billboard)
  • Foundational screen techniques with focus on moving image, impact and scale
  • Overview of historical and contemporary practices
  • Overview of screen types and scale, roles and responsibilities for production
  • Exploratory practices and expression based on body and movement
  • A short experimental screen project may be created using available FFAM or personal equipment.

Studio 3: The Collective

Investigating the relationships, including cause and effect, between objects, people and spaces.

  • Finding your screen story (e. short film or series)
  • Foundational screen techniques with focus on complex narratives, ensemble, visual composition and original composition
  • Overview of historical and contemporary practices
  • Overview of screen types and scale, roles and responsibilities for production
  • Exploratory practices and expression based on the collective
  • A short experimental screen project may be created using available FFAM or personal equipment.

Studio 4: Collaboration

Investigating how an individual or object works within a group during collaboration.

  • Personal major study practice adapted into a collaborative learner-devised project (performance, installation, exhibition) on a theme defined by the CAStudios cohort (and guided by tutors).

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the studios, you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Identification and use of screen-based knowledges, tools and skills appropriate to story
  2. Use of critical judgments to curate ideas into a cohesive creative production plan
  3. Capacity to collaborate, navigate multiple perspectives, roles and relationships to enable a shared vision through inclusive directorial leadership
  4. Create creative and technical workplans for screen projects.

For the full Screen Studies experience, we recommend you register for all four studios. Alternatively, you can register for the individual studios of your choice.

Duration

This short course runs over one year, delivered in four individual studios.

Each studio comprises eight, three-hour sessions. This amounts to a total of 24 hours for each studio, or 96 hours for all four over the year.

Related courses

The other short courses within Creative Arts Studios are:

Payment options

  • To pay by credit card, please enter your card details at the checkout screen when booking into the course.
  • To pay by invoice, please contact student support.
  • If you are experiencing any difficulties with the checkout process, please contact student support.

Upcoming studios

Screen Studies Studio 3: The Collective

Wednesday 21 July 2021

Screen Studies Studio 4: Collaboration

Wednesday 13 October 2021

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