School of Arts

2 - Videofilm III

This course is part of the programme:
Bachelor's programme in Digital Arts and Practices

Objectives and competences

To acquaint students with the principles and ways of preparing a project in the video and film pre-production stage, considering the order of particular procedures and the principles of creating the production of the product as a whole. The work on an individual or team project is supported by theory, which prepare the students for the next step, as well as by an immediate reflection or an analysis of their work, enabling them to have an optimal and deepened progress.

To acquaint students with the basics of how to incorporate an idea, which in its final form is realised as a product, a video product, into a specific form of expression, so that the idea may achieve an optimal effect in the audiences and perception, whether we deal with an artistic or reproductive field of expression.

General competences obtained by students within the module:

  • autonomy in professional work;
  • development of communication knowledge and skills;
  • ethical reflection and commitment to professional ethics;
  • cooperative approach, team work.

To place the student into the centre of the production process of his own project, where he needs to use all the, up to that point, acquired knowledge and experience to lead an interdisciplinary working team (note: no matter how many team members the student may need in his working process, his creation of the practical diploma project will surely demand a cooperation with a number of persons; for example, an organisation of the work’s exhibition, of the shooting team, and the like).

At the same time, the aim of the subject is to provide an opportunity for the student to set himself as a creative personality capable of defining his own goals, finding a way and solutions, developing his own idea, and creating his own complex creative project.


The prerequisits: knowledge acquired in year one and year two of the programme, and active student participation in all stages and at all levels of the study process, which apart from active attendance at lectures and participation at practice sessions also includes: individual creation and development of ideas (independent and within the active two-way mentor – student communication) – the exchange of ideas occurs on the personal level and via the web system; and a continuous independent work (research, creative and performative) throughout the year.

Content (Syllabus outline)

Year Three:

In this year, the student has an opportunity to choose his or her more specific field; in line with the field, the student, along with his mentor, defines the framework of his diploma thesis, which can be poetic, genre-focused, research, or experimental.

The student has an opportunity to get to know and develop the other aspects of video as an expressive media in combination with other modules and through the elective contents. In the final year, the student, if he happens to have interest in the field of contemporary visual arts rather than in the film arts, may decide to do his diploma thesis within, or in combination with, the Contemporary art practice modul.

Work in the module (4 ECTS):

  • research related to specific assignments, based on the defined project (if needed, the mentor may decide to give special exercises, seminar assignments, or mini projects).

Diploma work (16 ECTS):

  • the practical part of the diploma thesis: an independent* creative project (short feature, documentary, experimental film);
  • the theoretical part of the diploma thesis: a research of the theme background (theoretical, historical, or technical), connected with the practical part of the thesis; simultaneously, the practical part is worked out in the theoretical assignment – it takes the greater or smaller share of the assignment, depending on its definition.
  • Diploma thesis defence in front of a committee.

*Sometimes it makes sense that we have here a group project; in this case, the individual author’s thesis application (with all the accompanying documentation) must be precisely defined and evaluated.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Ability to plan and produce a multi-layered film or video product;
  • ability to discern and critically evaluate film or tv products within the simultaneous production of regular distribution;
  • ability to articulate one’s critical thinking on and within one’s field of work.


Important: Literature is determined according to the selected theme thesis.

- Cook, Pam: Knjiga o filmu, UMCO d.d. 2007.

- Mckee, Robert: Zgodba: substanca, struktura, stil in načela scenarističnega pisanja, UMCO d.d. 2008.

- Jovanović, Jovan: Uvod v filmsko mišljenje, UMCO d.d. 2008.

- Pelko, Stojan: Podoba misli, Študentska založba 2005.


Practice and group work 20%, Complex creative assignment 40-50*%, Theoretical assignment 20-30*%, Diploma thesis defence 10*% *The ratio may be a bit different, depending on whether the thesis has theoretical rather than creative focus. Upon an agreement with the student, the mentor submits the thesis proposal, which is confirmed by the students’ committee. The diploma thesis defence may considerably influence the student’s final grade.

Lecturer's references

Films produced by Rajko Grlić, film director and screenwriter, have been shown in cinemas all round the world and have been included into the competing programmes of the leading world film festivals, starting with the Cannes festival. His films have received a number of influential international awards. Mr Grlić has made a number of short and documentary films, eleven feature films (as director and screenwriter), and has cooperated in making additional five films as a screenwriter, and five films as a producer. Mr Grlić has written, directed and produced How to make your movie; An Interactive Film School, which has won eight international awards, including the New York Grand Prix for the best multimedia in 1998. Mr Grlić is artistic director of the Motovun Film Festival. He teaches Film Studies at the University of Ohio, USA.

University course code: 1DU023

Year of study: 3

Course principal:




  • Lectures: 50 hours

Course type: elective key module

Languages: slovene, english, croatian

Learning and teaching methods:
teaching methods: lectures (theoretical foundations), seminar and practical exercises, case studies, historical and contemporary, presentations of concepts, assignments and products in discussions, with the mentor's guidance, team work: on the basis of theoretical contents, specific examples from practice, and practical assignments, group analysis of ideas and projects. student's independent work: creation and development of ideas, research and independent work at seminar and practical assignments; preparation, creation and presentation of one's creative assignment, preparation for assignment defence and the exam.