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Undergraduate Course: Video for Artists (LLLA07040)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course introduces students and artists to the moving image, interested in developing creative ideas through video.
Course description Academic Description: This course introduces students and artists to the moving image, interested in developing creative ideas through video. The focus will be on the fundamentals of the moving image and time-based media, together with digital video editing. The course will explore developing concepts for moving image work using storyboarding, capturing and importing video, creating a rough-cut edit, fine-tuning the edit, working with effects and transitions, working with sound, and exporting a short video piece.

Outline of Content: The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 30 hours. Alternatively, the course can be delivered more intensely or as a block if required.

Over the class sessions the course will cover:

Introduction to planning and storyboarding for Moving Image.
Introduction and overview of Final Cut Pro X. Importing or Capturing video footage
Basic Timeline Editing in Final Cut Pro X. Introductory editing concepts and techniques
Working with Effects and Transitions in Final Cut Pro X. Introduction to working with a Moving Image journal or logbook
Further Effects, Titles and the Motion Window in Final Cut Pro X.
Working with Sound, approaches to recording Sound, Audio, Editing and Effects
Distorting Time. Time Lapse, Slow Motion and Reversing Time
Further editing tools and techniques for fine tuning the edit
Exporting, File Format Choices, Compression and Codec Issues
Producing a final 2-5 minute short film.

The Learning Experience: The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, student progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a 'directed study plan' which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.

Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks, a visual digital journal and practical outcomes.

The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicate tools, materials and equipment:

Essential Materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:
Estimated cost: £200 - £500 depending on usage.

Digital Video Camera or Camcorder, with card, or tape, Firewire cable, USB2 cable, or card reader for capturing or downloading video footage as appropriate to camera type.
Notebook and pen for notes, storyboards, video logging, and developing project ideas
Additional DVDs (DVD¿R) for backing up video work, and DVD authoring in iDVD.
USB pen drive, 4GB or more.

Additional recommended materials and equipment students can provide:
Estimated cost: £20 - £200 depending on usage.

Optional: lightweight tripod
Optional: video camera manual
Optional: external or portable drive (compatible with, or formatted for use with Apple Macs)
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas (33.3%): Demonstrate a contextual awareness and the critical thinking through a reflective visual moving-image journal to support the planning and development of a project.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Show a confidence in shooting, importing and editing video footage and applying appropriate digital video editing effects, transitions and sound.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Evidence appropriate judgement to document, select, edit, produce and present a 2-5 minute video, supported by draft versions.
Reading List
RUSH, M., 2007. Video Art. London: Thames and Hudson.
ELWES, C., 2005. Video Art: A Guided Tour. London; New York: I.B. Tauris.
FIGGIS, M., 2007. Digital Film-making. London: Faber and Faber.
NEWTON, D., 2007. Digital filmmaking 101: an essential guide to producing low-budget movies. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to make effective use of a digital video camera and digital video editing software
Ability to make short digital video films
Ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of video within visual culture
KeywordsDigital,Video,Final Cut Pro X,Artists
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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