Course Portraits

Course Portraits


Course Portrait is a template-based virtual course description innovated by Steven A. Martin and Edward E. Vaughan at University Filmworks, which provide cinematic, colorful and resourceful ways to present, promote and increase interest in a given university course.

As educational systems strive to keep up with digital transformations in media and technology, particularly the increased reliance on smart phones, Course Portrait videos visually communicating important information to students and stimulate intellectual curiosity.

Burmese Thanaka culture – Southeast Asian civilization

This short film is called THANAKA , and shows students in Phuket, Thailand learning how to make and use the herbal cream of that name, made from the wood of indigenous trees, which Myanmar women apply to their faces to prevent damage from the tropical sun. The video features students on Dr Steven Martin's course on Southeast Asian Civilization, which is part of the Thai and ASEAN Studies Program at the Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand; and guest lecturer Dr. Aye Nu Khai, from the Myanmar Language Dept, Dagon University, Myanmar.

Introduction to Indonesian music and dance – Southeast Asian civilization

This class music video features students from the Thai and ASEAN Studies program at Prince of Songkla University (PSU) learning contemporary Indonesian dance (Kalau Bulan Bisa Ngomong by Doel Sumbang and Nini Carlina) and traditional Balinese Pendet from the Mekar Bhuana School of Balinese Music and Dance. As part of Dr. Steven Martin's Southeast Asian civilization course, we invited Imam Wahyudi Karimullah and his wife, Sari Kurnia Rahmawati, from University of Islam Malang (Unisma), Indonesia, as guest lecturers. Their visit was made possible in part by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Indonesia, Scheme Academic Exchange Mobility Program (SAME).

Cooking, the art of Thai cuisine – Certificate in culinary arts

Cooking, the art of Thai cuisine, features international students at Prince of Songkla University (PSU), in an elective course earning certificates in Thai cultural arts and cuisine during their semester study abroad program. Ajarn Pathummalai Pattaro, with the PSU Lodge, shares her experience in preparing well-known Thai meals, such as pad Thai with shrimp and massaman curry with chicken. The video was filmed in the new training facility at the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism for Education Abroad Asia.



A day In the life of our school – School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM)

Produced by Steven A. Martin, and directed by Edward E. Vaughan in conjunction with University Filmworks, a day in the life of our school, features the brilliant faces of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s interconnected School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) and Hotel ICON. We chose the timeless music of 18th century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach to represent harmonic form and excellence, and to compliment the accomplished learners and educators at this globally acclaimed institution.