• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Digital Art
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Lucien Leon
    • Kit Devine
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    Second Semester 2016
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Practice-led research (Visual Effects) courses are built around either semester-long or shorter projects developing skills in the  tools and techniques of digital visual effects such as compositing, animation and video. The course is based on the practice-led pedagogy employed by the School of Art. This 6 unit course allows students to carry out a small scale, focussed, creative, research project which will develop and demonstrate professional level conceptual and technical skills relevant to the visual effects industry and individual creative practice. Students may choose to explore the process of compositing computer-generated images and live-action plates to create photorealistic composites, whilst acquiring skills in digital image fundamentals such as resolution, bit depth, colour and geometric transformations, as well more advanced topics relating to the treatment and management of assets in compositing, such as colour operations, keying, filters, tracking and various methods for creating mattes. Students may also choose to explore video production and editing or the unique requirements of visual FX lighting, green screening, colour correction, and motion tracking. Students may also produce animated content concentrating on 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, dynamics and camera tracking as well as managing render output.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Plan and manage a small-scale studio based investigation in visual effects

2. develop an experimental and analytical methodology relevant to the special effects profession

3. advance initial ideas using studio and allied research methods

4. reflect critically on their own work

5. articulate an investigation's key concerns and reference points

6. demonstrate a professional level of control of skills and techniques used in the visual effects industry

Indicative Assessment

Visual Effects Practice-led research proposal: 10% (500-800wds) [LO 1, 2]

Studio Practice Project: 70% [LO 1,2,3,6]

Studio Journal and critical reflection: 20% (reflection: 1000wds) [LO 3, 4, 5]

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4 hours in the Studio undertaking the approved Studio Practice project and 1 hour attending relevant seminars and critiques as specified per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 5 hours of independent study (readings and research, or on other visual and theoretical research) per week over the semester (total 130 hours).

Prescribed Texts

Brinkmann, R. The Art and Science of Digital Compositing, Morgan Kaufmann, 1999

Watkinson, John, The Art of Digital Video, Oxford: Focal Press, Third edition 2000.

Youngblood, Gene. Expanded Cinema, New York: Dutton; (1st ed.) edition, 1970

Hall, Doug  & Fifer, Sally Jo (eds.), Illuminating Video : An Essential Guide to Video Art, San Francisco: Aperture 1991

Shaw, Jeffrey  & Weibel, Peter  (eds.), Future Cinema: The Cinematic Imaginary after Film, Cambridge, MA.: MIT Press, 2003



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2520
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3416 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8390 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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