The CCE visual arts program offers interactive courses for the budding to experienced artists, from classic to modern techniques, in the areas of: photography, drawing, painting, woodwork, steelwork, ceramics, textiles and more.

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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 for multiple platforms such as DVD, web, graphics, You-tube

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 $100 fee, you can have access to the Photomedia and Arts Centre's equipment for the semester.

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Discover the thrill of image making using the city street after sunset as your backdrop. Over three evenings, discover how to capture atmosphere, movement and enigmatic qualities of Canberra at night, as well as learning the art of light painting.

Course outline 

Thursday evening: classroom sessions

  • Look at and discuss images created by prominent night street photographers
  • How moving objects behave at night during long exposures
  • Light tracks: what are they, and how are they created
  • Introduction to flickr
  • Tripod and timer use
  • Brief familiarisation night shoot around ANU campus

Friday evening: Location shoot - Location to be advised

Saturday evening: Field trip. Mandalay Bus, Braddon

Following Wednesday: Upload images to flickr online sharing platform. Participants will receive online feedback from Lynn and classmates.

At the completion of this course, you will receive an A4 book featuring everyone's 5 best images. This is part of your course fee! 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • discover how to use different types of night light to create distinctive images
  • have developed your artistic eye from experiencing a range of different street-scapes
  • have increased your photography abilities and understanding of your cameras possibilities.

Who should enrol

Intermediate photographers or those confident with a range of basic camera skills.

Course materials 

You will need to bring your own camera (digital SLR camera or mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera or traditional film SLR), charged batteries, memory car, tripod, small handheld torch and a timer. 

No dates are currently scheduled.

Confident with your digital camera, using Photoshop and have you completed Digital Photography - Intermediate or its equivalent? Push your camera and editing skills to a whole new level of artistic creativity. Your camera will love you for it.

Course outline

There will be an initial refresher followed by a discussion about being in control of your camera, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, raw files, colour space, metering, depth of field, lenses, portraits, and landscapes.

Using Bridge, Camera Raw, and Photoshop software, you will focus on post-production techniques as a way to further enhance your image making.

You will learn about the construction of images through the use of layers and selections, adjustment layer masks, image stacking, colour management and using filters. You will also learn to scan negatives and positives of construction and to stitch multiple elements into a single image.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • be confident in using the manual controls of your camera
  • increased skills in composition, image production, post production and visual communication
  • use Photoshop, Camera Raw and Bridge software with ease, and
  • added to or develop a folio of your images to display.

Who should enrol

Intermediate photographers and those who want to advance their image making and processing skills.

Materials

Students must provide a digital camera that can shoot Raw. To gain the full benefit a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera is suggested.  Please bring to each session a small portable USB to save your post produced work.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Take your digital SLR photographic images to the next level with this course focussing on composition, image production, post production and visual communication.

Course outline

There will be an initial refresher followed by a discussion about being in control of your camera, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, raw files, colour space, metering, depth of field, lenses, portraits, and landscapes.

You will explore landscape and portrait photography and how to stitch elements of multiple images into one. You will learn how to use tripods, reflectors and flash photography and how to prepare your images to send to the printer.

You will increase your use of Bridge, Camera Raw, and Photoshop, to facilitate post production techniques. The aim is to provide you with a folio of printed photographs and/or an exhibition at the conclusion of the course.

During the course, you will explore colour space. Post production will include the construction of images through the use of layers and selections, adjustment layer masks, image stacking and colour management; filters and other image editing functions in Photo

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • have increased confidence in using the manual controls of your camera
  • have improved skills in composition, image production, post production and visual communication
  • increased ability in Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Bridge software use, and
  • create a folio of images.

Who should enrol

Intermediate photographers who want increase their confidence and advance their image making and processing skills.

Materials

Students must provide a digital camera that can shoot Raw. To gain the full benefit a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera is suggested.  Please bring to each session a small portable USB to save your post produced work.

No dates are currently scheduled.

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!

No dates are currently scheduled.

This course will suit participants who would like to refine their creative photographic idea and learn appropriate and efficient ways of using Photoshop to realise their project. This course could be complemented by one of the two printing courses in the next session. 

Learning outcomes

Produce a small body of photographic work based around a central idea; critique your images and discuss contemporary approaches to photography, develop intermediate Photoshop skills; 
Please note, this course does not address desktop publishing.