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Fundamentals of Film and Multi-Media Technology (FMS 202) Syllabus

With the unbundling of Mass Communication programme in Nigeria, the face of communication education in the country has changed. The programme has transited into a full college/faculty while individual courses have adapted to the change. While several new courses now exist in the seven new departments, some of the courses you used to know before have also taken a new shape. We have done a thorough research on what these courses offer in universities across the world; and we have provided prototype syllabus for students to study ahead. This is also to assist lecturers who might be facing new challenges with several new courses to have an idea of what the syllabus of each course offers. Here’s is the course compact for Fundamentals of Film and Multi-Media Technology (FMS 202).


Faculty: Communication and Media Studies                                            Department: Film & Media Studies

Course Code: FMS 202                                           Unit(s): 2                      Semester: Second

Course Title: Fundamentals of Film and Multi-Media Technology

Lecturer:                                                       Programme: B.Sc.



This course provides an overview of the physical and technical bases of film and multimedia communications. It exposes students to a brief discourse on the historical, cultural, commercial, and aesthetic contexts that influence film. It further develops the student’s understanding of a film’s narrative and visual structure and its place within established theoretical traditions.

Students will also learn essential multimedia technology skills to adapt to today’s creative industries. They will have the ability to combine technical skills with the ability to meet design challenges, including a good understanding of the underlying digital technologies as well as the necessary design skills. The course is further structured to provide a comprehensive introduction to basic film and video production techniques and equipment. Proper procedures are explained for the use of digital and film cameras, lenses, filters, film stocks, lights, microphones, audio recorders, editing systems, and other motion picture equipment. Students will also learn the basics of various aspects of film production from script to screen, centering on basic theory and its application, using hands-on experience with digital film equipment. At the end of the course, students are expected to have learnt the basics of how to write, direct and edit films. They are also expected to produce full-length or short length films in groups.


By the end of this course, students will have learned:

Basic timeline of cinema, from its origins to the present

Basic formal vocabulary and methods associated with film production, analysis and appreciation

Key film production team members, their functions and hierarchy

Film production process/stages

Critical thinking and writing skills as they analyze film form and content

Demonstrate introductory mastery of film production terminology and technique

Meaning and components of multimedia technology

Digital design for new media


Practical Classroom Sessions


1. Introduction: Overview of Film and Multimedia Technology

Understanding the key concepts (film, film production, multimedia, multimedia technology)

Functions of Film

Major land marks in Film and Cinema

Overview of the Nigerian Motion Picture Industry (From film to Video)

Course overview

2. Dimensions of Film

Film as an art

Film as text

Film as technology

Film as commercial product

Film as psychological experience

Film as social practice

3. Film Structure

What is film structure?

Kinds of film structure (three-act structure, nine-act structure)

Story Structure: The Five Key Turning Points of All Successful Screen Plays

12 powerful principles of story structure (by Michael Hauge)

4. Stages in Film Production




5. Film Production Basics

Elements of film production

Camera basics



Special Effects



The language of film


6. Film Production Team Members

Film production departments

Identifying the production team members and their Hierarchy (Above-the-line and Below-the-line team members)

Functions of film production team members

7. Conceptualizing Multimedia Technologies

Meaning of multimedia technology

Components of multimedia technology

Uses and Applications of multimedia technology

Delivery methods of multimedia

8. Digital Design for New Media

Elements of design

Principles of design

Language of digital design

Graphic design applications

Introduction to graphic design software

Principles of digital photo-editing.

9. Principles of Information Design

Meaning of information visualization

How to translate data into visuals

Statistical information graphics

Recreating events in space and time


Digital Illustration methods

10. Principles of Scripting and Storyboarding

Concept of Script

Concept of Storyboarding

The process of visual storytelling

Components of storyboard

Process of visual storytelling

11. Principles of Motion Graphics

Concept and brief history of motion graphics

Over view of Various Compositing Softwares, Structure and Attributes

Motion graphics in Film, Television, Interactive Media and Environment

Motion Language, Image and Type in Motion

Animation Process of Elements

12. Class Activities

(Film production by students)


 Cook, D. A. (2004).  A History of Narrative Film, 4th ed. New York: Norton.

 Nelmes, J. (2012). Introduction to Film Studies, 5th Edition. London: Routeledge.

 Barsam, R. & Monahan, D. (2016). Looking at Movies, 5th edition. New York: Norton.

Oyero, O., Amodu, L. O. & Usaini, S. (2015). Film History and Production Techniques. Ibadan: Stirling-Horden.


Multimedia: Its Components and Applications

 Introduction to Storyboarding

Multimedia and Its Applications

Defining Film Narrative

How to Choose Style for Your Film

Film Theory: A Beginner’s Guide

Understanding film theory: An Essential Guide, by Jason Hellerman

Film Basics: Learning to “Read” and Write About Films

Seven Stages of Film Production

Get a Grip: A Guide to Key Production Crew Roles, by Chris Roe

Five Key Turning Points of All Successful Movie Scripts

Story Structure: The Five Key Turning Points of All Successful Screen Plays, by Michael Hauge

12 Powerful Principles of Story Structure, by Michael Hauge


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