Visual Effects

Unit code: ASN2002 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


This unit examines both the historical significance of technology in the development of the visual effects field and the contemporary industry practices and standards. The aim of this unit is to equip students with the knowledge and technical skills to plan, design and implement effective visual effects for media production. Students will use various media including, video, text, animation, chroma keying and effects to create compositions that encompass visual effects.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critique contemporary approaches to visual effects techniques;
  2. Locate information and resources in a variety of formats and interpret them in both written and visual mediums;
  3. Create and manipulate appropriately visual effects and video content elements for composition;
  4. Map the workflow required to plan, design and create compositions; and
  5. Operate appropriate software to create compositions.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 25%
Reflective essay outlining impact of visual effects (1000 words)
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 30%
Minor visual effects composition (1200 words)
Assessment type: Creative Works
Grade: 45%
Major visual effects composition (1800 words)

Required reading

Required readings will be provided on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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