SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMG525055
Module Leader Stephen Anderson
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Applied Computer Games
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Honours Degree or equivalent

Summary of Content

This module will require students to understand and demonstrate a practical knowledge of digital video / film production techniques and the association of compositing for production. Application of creative technique will cover elective areas such as short film production, documentary production, 3D animation composition, title sequence generation and general compositing techniques


Digital video/ audio production and editing. Compositing of appropriate mixed media. Typography for screen . Colour correction and manipulation. Editing styles.. Documentary filmmaking, short film styles. Compositions techniques for animated media. Media publishing formats

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1 - Critically explore the technology employed within digital video editing and compositing for production.2 - Manage a team to facilitate successful completion of group production task.3 - Demonstrate through design and synthesis a competency in the generation of effective digital media.4 - Apply aesthetic and critical evaluation to the production process.5 - Evaluate and employ visual communication techniques and understand the role of editing.6 - Critically evaluate the use of audio media within presentations.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Formal lecturers delivered by academic and guest lecturers. Laboratory based exercises. Evaluation of personal work and peer group evaluation on a regular basis. Directed learning strategies where appropriate. Independent learning methodologies will be employed. Group and individual learning. Students are provided with a range of online self paced video training materials from providers such as and These supplement the lab teaching and provide support for a range of additional topics within relevant disciplines. Formative feedback will be provided through visual presentations during timetabled lab sessions. This will include group elements where appropriate and particulary within the practical video production tasks. Design critiques with guest speakers from industry will be employed if possible to help students gain a better understanding of current industry benchmarks. -80 Final summative assessment will take the form of a digital media visualisation in response to a coursework brief.

Indicative Reading

Essential Reading Brinkmann, Ron, 2008, "The art and Science of Digital Compositing Techniques for Visual effects, Animation and Motion Graphics" Elsevier. ISBN 9780123706386 Wright, Steve, 2010, "Digital Compositing for Film and Video" Focal Press ISBN 9780240813097 Wallace. Jackson, 2016, "Digital Video Editing Fundamentals" Berkley ISBN 9781484218662 Suggested Reading mith. Scott, 2002, Firewire filmmaking", Peachpit Press, ISBN 0-201-74163-6 Lister. Martin, 2003, "New Media: A critical introduction", Routledge, ISBN 9-780415-223782 Rose. Jean, 2001, "The Mature Students Guide to writing", Palgrave, ISBN 9-78033-725207 Alban. Dan, 2003, "Digital Cinematography and directing", New Riders ISBN 9-780735-712548 Katz. Syeven, 1991,"Film Directing shot by shot", Michael Wise productions, ISBN 9-780941-188104 Dick. Bernard, 2002, "Anatomy of Film", Bedford St Martins, ISBN -0333973488 Thomas. Julia, 2000, "Reading Images", Palgrave, ISBN 9-780333-7765401 Rose. Jay 2003, "Producing great sound for digital video", Focal Press, ISBN 1-57820-208-6 Bernard . Malcolm, 1998, "Art, Design and visual culture"' MacMillan Press Ltd, ISBN 0-333-67526-6 Amyes. Tim, 1998, "Audio Post production in Video and Film", Focal Press ISBN 0-240-51542-0 Roberts-Breslin, 2003, "Making Media", Focal Press ISBN 0-240-60502-X Yewdall. David, 2003, "The practical art of motion picture sound", Focal Press ISBN 0-240-805259 Ward. Peter, 2003, "Picture Composition" Focal Press, ISBN 0-240-51681-8 Meyer. Chris, 2007, "Creating Motion Graphics" Focal Press, ISBN 978-0240-81010-2 Gondek. Mike 2005, "Photoshop for digital video" Focal Press, ISBN 0-240-80633-6 De Lima, E,S, 2017, "Video Based Interactive Storytelling using real-time Video Compositing Techniques. ISBN 13807501 Nederhorst, Robert, 2012, "Creating Highly Realistic Composites" DVD Gnomon Workshop ISBN 9781597627619 Tsirbas, Artistomenis, 2016, "Camera Fundamentals for Layout:Digital Cinematography Gnomon Workshop ISBN 9781597627986 (dvd)

Transferrable Skills

-35 C&IT skills Analytical and evaluative skills Ability to reflect Independence Presentation skills Report writing skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 6.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00
Practicals (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
CW1 0.00 100.00 50% Elective digital media individual project including group work. A typical coursework assessment brief will take the form of a practical project assignment. For example, "Develop a short television commerical which incorporates 3D visuals".