NQF Level 6 - SAQA ID 91898

An in-depth, rigorous, experiential grounding in Television and Screen Media. A balance of practical, theoretical and technical work. Video editing, camera, lighting, sound, script writing and production.

It is the responsibility of all students to familiarise themselves with all the programme rules, regulations, procedures and instructions.

This section contains information pertaining to the purpose, content, curriculum, structure, module descriptions, prerequisites, and assessment methods for the three-year Diploma in Television and Screen Media.

Students must take responsibility for their own studies.

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Entry Requirements

  • In order to achieve the Academy of Sound Engineering Diploma in Television and Screen Media, students are required to pass all the modules in the Diploma programme in full, both theory and practical where applicable.
  • A module is passed as long as the credit-weighted average of its constituent learning units is 50% or more.
  • In order to pass a module, no more than one learning unit in that module may have a mark of lower than 50% and it can be no lower than 30%.
  • For each module/learning unit, the final mark is made up of a combination of assessments.
  • Weightings for the various types of assessments differ for each module/ learning unit.
  • The pass mark for theoretical assessments is 50%.
  • In all cases, the summative assessments must be attempted in order to pass the module and a minimum of 70% of all assessments must be attempted per module/learning unit.
  • Students may only progress to second year status if at least 85 credits from the first year have been successfully achieved and all core modules have been successfully passed.
  • Students may not progress to third year status if they have any first year learning units outstanding.

Duration: 3 years

Qualification: Diploma

Course Code: 91898

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Modular Overviews

Academic Literacy

This module is designed to introduce and equip the student with the necessary skills to cope with the requirements and expectations of tertiary education. The module focuses on the importance of academic and communication skills as the key to students’ success, ensuring that they become productive and efficient students that will go on to become productive and efficient screen media professionals. Students are taught to read with comprehension, research critically, and write efficiently as well as techniques for continually expanding their IT competency.

Production And Distribution

This module deals with the processes that drive the organisation of screen media productions and addresses pre-production activities of designing and technically planning for the practical execution of a screen media production. It includes a technological overview and knowledge of the self-distribution aspects. Students will gain an understanding of the principles of the screen media business as well as the roles, practices, set protocol and production etiquette of production personnel.

Production Technologies

The objective of this module is to equip the student with competence in the operations of camera, lighting and sound equipment as well as art direction.

Post Production

This module provides training in the fundamentals of video post production. Students will gain competency in the primary feature set and basic interface of a professional video editing system.

Learning will include post-production workflows, the tasks and creative choices and limits involved in editing, editing in response to a client’s brief, the grammar of editing, troubleshooting, sound design and in later years of the diploma, motion graphics, compositing and working with green screens.

Storytelling

This module is centred around visual storytelling. Students gain an understanding of the specific role of writing within the production chain, with a focus on organisational aspects essential for the writing department. Training will also focus on developing an understanding and appreciation of the creative writing processes i.e. group brainstorming, research, drafting and revisions. Students will engage practically with the processes and techniques of constructing a written narrative.

Context And Critique

This module is largely theoretical. It gives the necessary background in television and broadcast media for students to understand their role, responsibilities and contributions as screen media practitioners in growing the industry. Students engage with critical discussions of screen media content, with reference to the cultural and socio-political implications and effects across various communities in the South African landscape. The learning units in this module encourage the students to socially engage with media messages and evolve from passive to active media consumers.

Screen Media Projects

This module is a culmination of learning from other modules assessed in practical projects. Students will produce a variety of projects of the three years at the school, working both alone and in groups, to attain a wide experience of different genres and formats.

Professional Practices

The purpose of this module is to encourage students to engage with issues of professionalism, accountability and production etiquette necessary for being a responsible screen media practitioner and an overall responsible individual once in the workforce. The aim is to cultivate and promote responsible screen media citizenry Programme Outcomes.

Exit-Level Outcomes

Students will have developed an understanding of, and demonstrated an ability, at the exit level of the Diploma (level 6), to:

  • Create, broadcast, and promote a variety of screen programmes, assuming various roles and paralleling methods used in the real screen industry at a professional level.
  • Transcend practical challenges appropriate to the screen industry, through problem solving strategies based on research practice.
  • Manage time and resources effectively.
  • Recognise and respond to changes and trends in the marketplace and be in a position to broaden and shape the future of the medium, also engaging with alternative techniques and methods.
  • Manage own learning needs and processes.
  • Deal critically and creatively with issues of content, implementing an understanding of storytelling as a central aspect of screen media.
  • Engage with the issues of citizenship necessary to be a responsible screen media practitioner, and demonstrate an understanding of ethical concerns.

Syllabus

Academic Literacy

Academic Literacy

Reading, Research and Writing

Computer Fundamentals

Production and Distribution 1

Screen Media Production 1

Screen Media Business 1

Distribution 1: Self-distribution

Production Technologies 1

Camera and Lighting 1A

Camera and Lighting 1B: Workshop

Video Technology 1

Art Direction: Design for Screen

Location Sound

Post Production 1

Video Editing Techniques 1A: NLE Systems

Video Editing Techniques 1B: Editing Practicals

Sound Design 1: DAW

Film and Video Editing Theory

Storytelling 1

Screenwriting 1: Introduction to Story

The Creative Process 1: Managing Your Creativity

Digital Storytelling 1: Online Narratives

Directing 1: Fundamentals of Directing

Context and Critique

Reading Television 1A: The Language of TV

Reading Television 1B: TV and Culture

Critical Media Studies 1: Analysing Media Text

Screen Media Projects 1

Single Camera Project

Professional Practices 1

Understanding the Industry 1

Learning Management 1

Resource Management 1

Production Practice 1

Pitching and Presentation 1

For Articulating Students Only

ATV Special Projects 2

Production and Distribution 2

Screen Media Production 2: Producing

Screen Media Business 2: Broadcast Practice

Distribution 2: Marketing

Production Technologies 2

Camera and Lighting 2A: More Advanced Techniques and Multicam

Camera and Lighting 2B: Alternative Production Technologies

Video Technology 2: Current Broadcast Technologies

Art Direction 2: Props and Practicals

Post Production 2

Video Editing Techniques 2A: Motion Graphics and Compositing

Video Editing Techniques 2B: Editing for Television Formats

Sound Design 2: Advanced Practicals

Storytelling 2

Screenwriting 2: Writing for TV and Film

The Creative Process 2: Creative Teamwork

Digital Storytelling 2: Linear and Non-linear Storytelling

Directing 2: Directing Cast and Camera

Context and Critique 2

Reading Television 2A: Format TV Theory

Reading Television 2B: Investigative Journalism

Critical Media Studies 2: Multi-platform Approach

Screen Media Projects 2

Non-Fiction Television Project

Short Film Project

Music Video Project

Professional Practices 2

Understanding the Industry 2

Learning Management 2

Resource Management 2

Production Practice 2

Pitching and Presentation 2

Production and Distribution 3

Screen Media Business 3: Owner and Freelancer

Distribution 3: Transmedia

Creating a Portfolio

Production Technologies 3

Camera and Lighting 3: Visual EFX and Live Broadcast

Video Technology 3: Broadcast Engineering

Art Direction 3: Working on Set

Screen Media Electives (choose one)

Production and Distribution Elective (3 x 8-Credit Topics)

Production Technologies Elective (3 x 8-Credit Topics)

Post Production Elective (3 x 8-Credit Topics)

Writing/Directing Elective (3 x 8-Credit Topics)

Context and Critique 3

Reading TV 3A: Politics of Content and Programming

Reading TV 3B: Global vs Local Stories

Critical Media Studies 3: Researching the African Context

Screen Media Projects 3

Client Project

Independent Project

Professional Practices 3

Understanding the Industry 3

Learning Management 3

Resource Management 3

Production Practice 3

Pitching and Presentation 3