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MEA3000 Advanced Screen Media

Semester 1, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: John Hetherington
Moderator: Leonie Jones


Pre-requisite: MEA2001


Styles and forms of production output are an ever changing dilemma for the contemporary independent filmmaker/screen producer. Film and video production now requires a merging of single and multi-camera styles together with online mixed media, so that new forms of distribution can be catered for, to discover and develop professional relationships with potential clients that synchronise with these new forms, while providing heightened vocational opportunities for the graduating student. This course can provide a conduit for student projects in BCA Projects A and B.


This course will involve students in community engagement projects working on client inspired productions that have relevance to both the student and the client. This will extend the students communication and creative group skills, also providing vocational experience and contacts. From story conception, visualization and then through development, planning, shooting and editing, students will utilise the full range of contemporary production practice, and then blend this with multimedia product (2D, 3D, animation and online) and production genres, such as factual, live event broadcasting (arts based community events) and television drama, to provide alternative packaging and distribution outlets.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. understand and competently operate within the traditional media forms of single and multi camera production styles
  2. apply and build on these forms thus creating mixed media styles and formats appropriate for alternative distribution of product
  3. demonstrate developed professional understanding and application, appropriate to the contemporary Film and Television industry.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Developing the project brief in conjunction with the client 20.00
2. Research, writing the proposal and first draft script.
Client feedback, amending and re-writing
3. Professional approach and client relationship
Working as a creative group
4. Production shoot
Post-production editing
5. Presentation of completed project 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • For this course, students are required to have an external 7200 rpm hard drive with Firewire. As well, headphones, miniDV tapes, SDHC memory cards and high quality DVDs.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • A current reference list will be supplied by the Lecturer.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 62.00
Lectures 12.00
Private Study 65.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGN 1 - PLANNING & SCRIPT 100 30 03 Apr 2015
ASSIGN 2 - PROF RELATIONSHIP 100 30 15 May 2015
ASSIGN 3 - PRODUCTION 100 40 12 Jun 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them

  2. All assessment requirements will be submitted on DVD discs, but students may be expected to submit supplementary scripts, prepared to comply with the conventions of the medium, together with written submissions relating to the organisation and production of all assessable items.