Master of Moving Image

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About the MMI

The Master of Moving Image (MMI) offers you a hands-on education in contemporary moving image production by teaching you how to develop a film project from concept to screen.

Foregrounding experimentation and innovation, the MMI brings together traditional aspects of film production with new directions in the cinematic arts, incorporating new technologies in interactivity, three-dimensional imaging and virtual delivery.

Practice seminars provide the technical skills necessary for the development of projects. Film projects are conceived, developed and produced through learning industry standard protocols and techniques in pre-production, production and post-production. These include story and script development, production management, art direction, cinematography, and directing techniques.

Post-production is focused around a seamless cross-platform software environment for editing, sound, special effects, as well as the integration of new modes of film output including interactive apps for hand-held devices and web-based design.

You will have the opportunity to produce a major film project in any genre or style, and across any platform. You will also engage with the history and theory of film and new media, and can choose from a range of electives offered by SCA, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and the School of Information Technology which complement and expand the material of the core units, including animation, screenwriting, sound design, digital effects, and rich internet applications. You will have the option to specialise your degree pathway through industry placement, as well as through preparation for further study and higher degrees of research.

The MMI is a 1.5 year year full time course structured over three semesters that may be undertaken on a part-time basis.

Our academics

Associate Professor John Di Stefano
John Di Stefano is an artist, video maker, writer and curator. Dr Di Stefano's work deals with issues of identity, displacement and transnationalism as they relate to concepts of space/place, time and perceptions of memory. In addition to his extensive exhibition record, Dr Di Stefano is the New Zealand editor for Art Asia Pacific and in 2013 undertook a residency at the British School at Rome.

Ryszard Dabek
Artist and academic Ryszard Dabek’s practice encompasses a number of forms and mediums including photography, video, sound, writing and interactive media. He recently led the Re:Cinema project, a collaborative exhibition project with Parsons, The New School for Design featuring several SCA students and alumni, and has been researching the lost cinemas of the Sydney area in partnership with the National Film and Sound Archive.

Dr Stefan Popescu
Stefan Popescu is a film maker, academic and the founder and director of the Sydney Underground Film Festival. Having completed his PhD in Film and Digital Art in 2007, he has written and directed three feature films - Rosebery 7470 (2007), Nude Study (2010) and Zombie Massacre 3 (2012) and The Performance Artist (in post-production).

Course Structure

Core units of study Elective units of study*
CAMI5001 Project 1: Narrative Elements
CAMI5002 Moving Image Production
CAMI5003 Project 2: Transmedia Environments
CAMI5004 Moving Image Post-production
CAMI5005 History and Theory of Screen
CAMI6001 Praxis
CAMI6002 Final Project

CAEL5028 Rich Internet Applications
CAEL5029 Sound Design for Film and Digital Media
CAEL5035 The Art of Sound and Noise
CAEL5043 Screen Writing and Directing
CAEL5044 The Moving Camera
CAEL5045 Networked Worlds
MFDI9303 Digital Effects for Film and Video
MFDI9313 Digital Editing for Film and Video
MFDI9333 Experimental Film
MMDE6101 Animation for Interactive Media & Video

*please note not all electives are available in 2015

You can also choose any postgraduate electives offered at the University of Sydney. Please refer to the Handbooks Online. Some of the recommended electives are:

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies
ARHT6939 The Documentary Film
ARHT6925 Cinematographic Performance
ARHT6940 Editing the Moving Image
ARIN6901 Network Society
ARIN6902 Internet Governance
ARIN6903 Exploring Digital Cultures
ARIN6904 Mobile Media and Games
ENGL6903 Creative Writing: Screenwriting
ENGL6969 Writers at Work: Screenwriters
IDEA9101 IDEA Laboratory 1
IDEA9201 IDEA Laboratory 2
IDEA9106 Design Thinking
COMP5028 Object-Oriented Design
COMP5114 Digital Media Fundamentals
COMP5116 Design of Networks & Distributed
COMP5206 Introduction to Information Systems
COMP5212 Software Construction
COMP5213 Computer and Network Organisation
PMGT5887 Computer Applications in PM

Full-time Pathway

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
CAMI5001 Project 1: Narrative Elements CAMI5003 Project 2: Transmedia Environments CAMI6001 Praxis
CAMI5002 Moving Image Production CAMI5004 Moving Image Post-production CAMI6002 Final Project
CAMI5005 History and Theory of Screen Elective* Elective*
Elective* Elective* Elective*

If you wish to study part-time, you will enrol in fewer units of study each semester. Most of classes are scheduled between 9 am and 5 pm. International students on a student visa are required to enrol full-time unless there are special circumstances.

The course structure requires the completion of a cohesive sequence of core units of study supplemented by a range of electives, and a capstone unit that unites the themes of the whole course in a major moving image project. As part of your studies, you complete a compulsory Praxis component of study that can be undertaken as: an industry placement; a professional project that delivers your final moving image project in one of several professional industry formats; or a research project consisting of an academically rigorous written component that assists you to prepare for a higher degree research pathway. This course is part of an embedded sequence including the graduate diploma and master’s degree.

You can exit the course with Graduate Diploma in Moving Image after completion of two semesters full-time.

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