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Design and the Moving Image (THTR20043)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeTHTR20043
Availability(Quotas apply)
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Through a five day intensive, this subject investigates how design can be used to bring greater meaning, depth and emotion to stories told through the medium of film.

We consider how design works by looking at visual language, colour theory, composition and metaphor. The role of the Production Designer will be outlined and the motivating factors behind the decisions they make will be identified. Students will be introduced to the processes designers use to generate ideas and then develop them into detailed design concepts.

This subject will also focus on some of the ways in which these design concepts are realised. You will learn about the various roles within the Art Department as well as the nature of how a Production Designer collaborates with other key creative personnel, including the Director and Cinematographer.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, student should be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the role of design for the moving image
  • The ability to generate visual ideas in response to a text
  • Perform visual research
  • An understanding of the structure of an Art Department

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Critically analyse the use of design in film
  • Develop visual idea in a creative manner
  • Prepare and communicate visual ideas

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

No specific background knowledge is required for this subject but an interest in Design and/or Filmmaking is beneficial.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



Written task (1200 words) Visual analysis of a scene from a film; Mid winter term (30%)

Production Design Concept (Equivalent to 2800 words) Including: Visual research, Mood boards, Written design rationale; end of winter term (70%)

Hurdle requirement of 80% attendance

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • July
    CoordinatorEmily Collett
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours30 hours comprising of 6 hours per day over 5 days.
    Total time commitment136 hours
    Pre teaching start date25 June 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsDuring the pre-teaching period there may be some preparatory tasks, reading and/or a student questionnaire.
    Teaching period 1 July 2019 to 5 July 2019
    Last self-enrol date26 June 2019
    Census date 1 July 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail19 July 2019
    Assessment period ends27 July 2019

    July contact information

Time commitment details

136 hours

Additional delivery details

This subject has a quota of 160 students. Selection is automated and based on the order in which students enrol. Your enrolment in this subject guarantees a space unless you withdraw. Once the subject quota has been reached, all enrolled students will be contacted.

If the subject is full, spaces may become available in the future as others withdraw. The only way to check this is by attempting to enrol. Please note that there are no waiting lists for this subject.

As entry into this subject is based only on the order in which students enrol, special permission will not be offered to any students.

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019