• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Digital Arts, Visual Arts, Creative Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Baden Pailthorpe
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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This studio-based course offers a critical and practical introduction to video, with a focus on the experimental possibilities of the digital moving image in contemporary art and culture. The class will unpack how social, technical and cultural shifts have impacted on film and video, and introduce the work of practitioners approaching the medium from radically different positions. Through a series of practical projects, students will explore a range of conceptual, technical and aesthetic strategies and gain practical experience in editing video, managing the timeline and methods of presentation and dissemination. Please note that the course has an intensive focus on the possibilities of editing and postproduction, with limited focus on video capture and the camera. Video capture and the camera is covered in ARTV1610.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. apply fundamental skills in video production in response to workshop briefs;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the expressive and experimental possibilities of video art, editing and postproduction;
  3. evaluate the effectiveness of technical and artistic strategies of their own video work and the works of others; and
  4. recognise relationships between concept and process in the production of moving image artworks.

Other Information

School of Art and Design studio courses have a limited enrolment capacity. Students are advised to enrol as early as possible to maximise the opportunity of securing a place.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Portfolio (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Major Project (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research Documentation (20) [LO 3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks comprising lectures, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice; and

b) 82 hours of independent studio practice, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTV2617 or ARTV6003 or ARTV6612.

Prescribed Texts

As published on Wattle

Preliminary Reading

The Video Vortex Reader, Institute of Network Cultures.

Leighton, Tanya & Esche, Charles. Art and the Moving Image: A Critical Reader. Tate 2008.

London, Barbara Video/Art: The first 50 years. Phaidon 2020.

The YouTube Reader, Columbia UP 2010.

Iles, Chrissie. Dreamlands : Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016. Yale UP 2016.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2024 $3780
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3813 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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