DIGI 280 - F18N01 - Digital Video I

Course Description & Information

An introduction to digital video production utilizing current concepts, practices, and technologies. Students will be exposed to all aspects of digital video production with a focus on essential equipment and skills. Students will complete projects that build solid technical proficiencies while developing creative expression. Students from all disciplines welcome!

TextBooks & Supplies


Highly Recommended

There is no required text for this course. Online reading/viewing will be assigned.

Course Goals and Content

Students will be introduced to digital video in a contemporary context with a focus on pre-production and production skills. Students will be evaluated through a major proposal which will demonstrate mastery of the pre-production planning process, and through applied labs which will demonstrate mastery of the technical skills. (see VIULearn for full schedule)

Specific Outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will:

Evaluation Profile

Course Policies:

As well as conforming to all policies of the Media Studies department and Vancouver Island University, this course includes the following instructor specific policies:

In-Class Participation

This course is discussion and participation oriented. If you are not in class you will miss out on a great deal of course content. I will generally not go over any in-class material with students who simply did not attend. Students with legitimate reasons for missing classes are expected to discuss this with me before any absences occur if possible.

Online Participation

This is a class in the theory and practice of media. As such, we will make extensive use of the online forum to support each other with technical and course questions. In general, I will not answer questions that have been discussed in the online forum.


I take plagiarism very seriously and hold all my students to a very high standard. If you are found to have represented the work or ideas of others as your own, intentionally or unintentionally, you will face serious consequences. Any student found to have plagiarized on any assignment - digital or otherwise - will receive a mark of zero for that assignment. Any student caught plagiarizing on multiple assignments will receive a grade of F for the course. All incidents of plagiarism will be reported to the Dean and may result in further University sanctions. Please note that, for digital assignments, industry-standard credits must be in place for all work, otherwise it will be considered that you are representing all elements of the work as your own. If it is discovered that any of the elements of the work are not your own, I will consider these elements plagiarized. Check with me if you are at all unsure about using third party material (audio or video) as a component of your work.


All digital work submitted will follow current Canadian copyright laws. This means that students may not simply use the materials of others. If students are unsure about copyright status, they are strongly advised to consult with the instructor.

Course Website

This course is a live entity, and as such is subject to change at any time to reflect evolving opportunities and challenges. Therefore, you are expected to check the course website before each class and lab for any updated information. Do not assume that what you read a month ago is still the plan.

Late Assignments

Late assignments will lose 10% per school day. Final assignments may not be submitted late without prior approval from me. No Late Labs will be accepted.

Assignment & Course Extensions

Generally I will not give extensions for assignments or the course without a serious circumstance supported by appropriate documentation. However, please be aware that I never give extensions after the due date of an assignment or the end date of the course. If you believe you are going to need an extension, you must speak to me before the date the assignment is due.


If you have any questions about the course, my expectations, or what you should do in this class, please don't hesitate to contact me via email, before or after class, or during my office hours.

Grading Criteria

Here are the main criteria that I use to make judgments about digital projects. I pay particular attention to:


Is the content of the project thoughtful and sufficient?


Is the project substantial? Has the student stretched their capabilities to complete this work?


Has care been taken in the construction of the project? Has writing been carefully proofread? Does the creator demonstrate a sense of pride in their work through its quality?


Does the project make appropriate and correct use of technology? In the case of video, can we clearly hear and see the content on screen? Are shots thoughtfully framed? Are the different technical elements of video production correct and consistent?