Thu 02 Feb 2023 - Thu 04 May 2023

13:30 - 16:30

12 Sessions

Face-to-face

3 spots remaining.

Join us on this sensational journey, as we immerse ourselves in the lives of three artists as our 'Creative Role Models' for this course, exploring how they have used the motif of a figure or figures in a room.

The first artist we will study is the American Edward Hopper. His works often depict a lone figure, as the subject glimpses through a window. At other times, a figure (or several figures) is situated in an everyday moment, such as in the setting of a cafe, motel room or office. His work is intriguing in his matter-of-factly way of presenting these people in their worlds.

The second artist is the Norwegian Edward Munch. With him, we experience a much more emotive response, as he employs an expressive use of paint and subject matter - a standing figure gazing directly at you, lost in thought; figures on a dance floor with swirling, emotive colours surrounding them; and a couple locked in an embrace.

The third artist is Swiss/Italian artist Alberto Giacometti, whose main motif is the lone seated figure looking directly at you. His colours are always muted - almost monochrome. However, his use of expressive, rapidly painted lines imbues an emotive element, creating an imposing sense of presence on behalf of the sitter. In some of his works, the room where the figure is positioned also plays a vital role, as architectural details and objects placed in the room are represented with swirling, emotive lines.

Adopting these artists as our 'Creative Role Models', we will produce a series of works inspired by their art.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the range of painting techniques used by the three artists we will be studying
  • Recognise the different creative approaches each artist has employed in painting the figure in the room
  • Discern the vastly different uses of colours as utilised by each artist: Hopper’s more matter-of-factly use of colours; Munch’s emotionally heightened colour usage; and Giacometti’s subdued colours
  • Comprehend what constitutes 'creative qualities' and the different creative qualities of the three artists we are using as 'creative role models'
  • Explain the creative choices each artist has made: Hopper’s down-to-earth realism; Munch’s highly emotional, expressive works and subject matter; as well as Giacometti’s use of the solitary seated figure and his highly emotive, energetic and expressive use of painted lines to explore the character of the sitter

Who should enrol

If you have some painting experience or are prepared to 'jump into the deep end' and see what happens.

Course Materials

You should view the works of the three artists mentioned above and read up on their lives. A further list of course materials will be provided upon enrolment. 

Wed 01 Mar 2023 - Wed 05 Apr 2023

18:00 - 21:00

6 Sessions

Face-to-face

Teacher: Amr Tawfik

Interested in shooting films, music videos, documentaries, YouTube videos or even home movies? Covering all the basics of scriptwriting, filming, editing, all the way to sharing it on YouTube or Vimeo – discover your inner film producer!

Course outline

In this fun and interactive course, learn the basics of scriptwriting, filming, cinematography, lighting, and editing to produce a short film as you are guided from pre-production stage through to post-production.

Topics include:

  • concept development
  • scriptwriting
  • storyboarding and other preproduction processes
  • filming with video cameras or DSLRs ( digital single-lens reflex)
  • framing, camera settings
  • cinematography and lighting
  • editing
  • exporting to multiple platforms, such as graphics and YouTube

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • acquire experience in the production of digital video elements through a mix of theory and practice
  • develop conceptual and technical abilities
  • demonstrate an ability to work independently and productively
  • present a resolved body of work
  • develop personal artistic vision through the completion of an original, researched semester

Who should enrol

Recommended for beginners and filmmaking enthusiasts

Course materials

It is recommended that you bring an external hard drive or 64G thumb drive to be able to store film.  Cameras are not included but the course can be completed with a basic smartphone camera or for a $120 fee, you can have access to the Photomedia and Media Arts Centre's equipment for the semester.

Wed 26 Apr 2023 - Wed 17 May 2023

18:00 - 20:00

4 Sessions

Face-to-face

Stop people in their tracks with this artistic course - covering everything you need to know to create timelapse photography from camera settings, exposure, equipment, cinematography, importing and compiling on the computer.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: photography basics
  • Topic 2: camera settings
  • Topic 3: cinematography timelapse
  • Topic 4: technical and creative skills
  • Topic 5: advanced moving timelapse techniques
  • Topic 6: importing into After Effects and/or Photoshop
  • Topic 7: post-production techniques and colour grading
  • Topic 8: exporting as a movie file for web or DVD

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:  acquire experience in basic photography and timelapse photography through a mix of theory and practice develop conceptual and technical abilities create several beautiful timelapses learn post-production techniques to make your timelapses come alive develop personal artistic vision through the completion of original and unique timelapses.

The course includes the use of time-lapse hardware and software. Cameras are not included. DSLRs are highly recommended.

Who should enrol

Camera lovers and those that like to capture the detail!

Wed 24 May 2023 - Wed 28 Jun 2023

18:00 - 21:00

6 Sessions

Face-to-face

Want to learn how to make your own visual effects or motion graphics for video? Add explosions, freeze time, fancy titles, infographics and much more? Then this is the course for you!

Course outline

In this course, you will be introduced to visual effects and motion graphics. You will be shown how to film a video to best accommodate effects and learn how to add them with Adobe After Effects. It’ll be like Photoshop for video! You will get to use a green screen studio and learn how to use it and other tools to create interesting effects in your videos. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • have confidence in how to create many visual effects
  • have a better understanding of filming video
  • be able to use After Effects with an intermediate level of proficiency
  • have videos you’ve created solo and through teamwork during the course
  • have a folio of VFX shots you have chosen and created
  • have developed better conceptual and technical abilities
  • have demonstrated an ability to work independently and productively project.

Who should enrol

Beginners who want to spice up their videos, learn more about the world of graphics and how to create them.

Course materials

The course includes access to all the hardware and software required for the semester’s projects.


Thu 02 Feb 2023 - Thu 04 May 2023

09:30 - 12:30

12 Sessions

Face-to-face

Voyage into the wonderland of landscape with us, as we delve into the worlds of three artists and their different interpretations of the landscape.

The first artist we will study is the American/European Lyonel Feininger, whose works grew out of Cubism and yet, with his very own hands, simultaneously creates works replete with a translucent quality of light. The angular shapes he uses are softened by his application of subtle colours and softly blended paints.

The second artist is the Norwegian Edward Munch. With subdued colours, simplified shapes and an air of moodiness, an end-of-day aura permeates through much of his works. 

The final artist is Vincent Van Gogh, whose emotive turbulence, intense colours and swirling brushstrokes create an intense mood and heightened emotions.

Adopting these artists as our 'Creative Role Models', we will produce our very own works inspired by their art.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the range of painting techniques used by the three artists we will be studying
  • Recognise the different creative approaches that can be used in painting the landscape
  • Discern the role of colours in creating various moods when painting the landscape
  • Comprehend what constitutes 'creative qualities' and the different creative qualities of the three artists we are using as 'creative role models'
  • Explain the creative revolution that was taking place in the time frame of the artists' lives and how it affected their work, such as Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism and Cubism

Who should enrol

If you have some painting experience or are prepared to 'jump into the deep end' and see what happens.

Course Materials

You should view the works of the three artists mentioned above and read up on their lives. A further list of course materials will be provided upon enrolment.