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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 31/03/2022 18:09:12

Title of Module: Film & TV Production: Skills Development

Code: BROA07002 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Shona   Wallace

Summary of Module

This module allows students to develop their creative and technical skills through the creation of two practical video assignments.  The first requires students to design and execute a performance-based video in collaboration with a band, musician or performance artist. Music video structures will be discussed and analysed in detail and several exercises in capturing a performance-based scene will be performed before the video shoot commences – formative exercises will cover new editing skills, connecting music/sound with actions and edits as well as lip synch editing, jump cuts, match cuts and basic colour correction.  The second assignment requires students to create a short factual or fictional film that implements extensive sound design and audio effects.

Throughout the module further camera techniques will be developed alongside a deepening knowledge of post production techniques. Students will also be given an introduction to sound recording techniques, chroma key compositing (green screen) and studio-based recording techniques.  Team-working and collaborative skills will also be developed alongside an emphasis on professional etiquette.  

Students will extend their knowledge and understanding of key concepts from a range of theoretical and practical approaches to short film.  Students will acquire a critical terminology and learn practical techniques that can be applied to the production of creative short video sequences.

  • Analysis of capturing performance/music video techniques to apply to the creation of a collaborative assignment.

  • Introduction to further pre-production documents and digital pre-production.

  • Student analysis of current and historical music videos, presenting developed understanding of techniques and theoretical context.

  • Introduction to chroma-key compositing (green screen) and special effects.

  • Development of post-production techniques.

  • Development of further camera techniques and operation as well the introduction of further sound equipment and skills development.

  • Editing, sound cleaning techniques and use of audio filters.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:


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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate appropriate professional and technical production/post-production skills by working in a group to create two short video projects.

L2. Apply knowledge and understanding of the pre-production process by researching, planning and organising two short video projects.

L3. Demonstrate critical analysis and an understanding of the context of the work created through entries in a working journal.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Critical Analysis: Students will explore the historical development of video work, analysing key periods of creative practice in relation to wider historical developments of art and film forms.

Students will gain an awareness of the ways in which different social groups may make use of the audio-visual media in the construction of social and cultural realities, cultural maps and frames of reference.
Students will gain an awareness of the historical evolution of particular genres, aesthetic traditions and forms, technologies, and of their current characteristics and possible future developments.

Students will produce work which demonstrates an understanding of media forms and structures, audiences and specific communication registers.

Students will produce work which is informed by, and contextualised within, relevant theoretical issues and debates.

Developing project ideas and proposals: Students will critically examine the nature of creative video practice and how creative experimentation informs contemporary conventions of video production and working practices.

Project Development: Students will undertake workshop sessions to develop practical skills in video production and sound design.

Students will be able to generate, design and develop creative project ideas.

Production work: Students will participate in the development and production of a short video work, critically applying elements of industry practice and key production methods.

Technical proficiency: students will be able to fully apply digital filming and editing technology in production of short film projects.

Students will be able to produce detailed proposals/treatments: subject, content, approach, target audience, scheduling etc.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Students will be able to practically apply knowledge of pre-production: recce, scheduling, cast and crew commission, call-sheets, equipment and prop hire/purchase, location lists and logistical planning.

Students will be able to produce scripting, storyboarding, shot lists, lighting plans, production design.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Define and explain genre types, and apply narrative approaches and techniques of storytelling in the writing of scripts.

Demonstrate an awareness of the aesthetics and narrative forms of various genres, and their relation to meanings.

Draw upon and bring together ideas from different sources of knowledge and from different academic disciplines.

Intellectually analyse and apply aesthetic application, form and genre approaches.

Demonstrate an awareness of professional, technical and formal choices which realise, develop or challenge existing practices, and of the possibilities and constraints involved in production processes.

Produce work which is informed by, and contextualised within, relevant theoretical issues and debates.

Experiment, as appropriate, with forms, conventions, techniques and practices.

Be adaptable, creative and self-reflexive in producing work within various genres.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Gather, organise and deploy ideas and information in order to formulate arguments cogently, and express them effectively in written, oral or in other forms.

Put to use a range of IT skills from basic competences such as data analysis and word-processing to more complex skills using web-based technology or multimedia for research, and develop, as appropriate, specific proficiencies in utilising a range of media technologies.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

With varying emphasis, students in these subject areas will also be able to:

Work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, self-direction and reflexivity.

Retrieve and generate information, and evaluate sources, in carrying out independent research.

Organise and manage supervised, self-directed projects.

Define and assign necessary production roles and responsibilities and work cooperatively within a production team.

Communicate effectively in inter-personal settings, in writing and in a variety of media.

Work productively in a group or team, showing abilities at different times to listen, contribute and lead.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Reflecting the specific aims, emphases and learning outcomes of the degree programme, learning and teaching methods will draw on an appropriate balance from amongst the following: lectures, demonstrations, screenings, workshops, tutorials, group and project work, supervised independent learning, open and resource-based learning, multimedia and new media learning, production practice;
large and small group and individual learning and teaching situations; tutor-led, student-led and independent learning sessions;
The learning context will encourage active engagement with cultural and communicative forms and practices and with examples from the medium/media or cultural practice being studied, and, where appropriate, contact with a variety of academic and non-academic experts, organisations and production voices.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery36
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Hurbis-Cherrier, Mick. (2018) Voice & Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film & DV Production. Oxford; Focal Press.

Irving, David K, & Rea, Peter W. (2015) Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video. Oxford; Focal Press.

Jones, Chris & Jolliffe, Genevieve. (2010) Guerilla Film-Makers Pocketbook: Ultimate Guide to Digital Film Making. New York; Continuum International Publishing Group

Sonnenschein, David. (2013) Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema. California; Wiese Publishing.

Arnold, Gina. (2017) Music/Video: Histories, Aesthetics, Media; London; Bloomsbury

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Attendance at each weekly three hour timetabled lab, lecture or workshop.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardArts & Media
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelArts & Media
ModeratorPaul Tucker
External ExaminerWilfred Darlington
Accreditation DetailsSkillset (UK Delivery Only)
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Collaborative Performance Film: 50%
Production and execution of a short film in collaboration with a musician or performer. Eg music video, the spoken word, a selection of poetry or a monologue.
Students will provide:
Group film project with accompanying pre-production/production documents.
Individual written critical analysis.
Sound Design film: 50%
A short fictional piece in which sound design and soundtrack dominate the narrative.
Students will provide:
Group film project with production documents.
Individual written critical analysis.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of written work  check mark250
Creative output/ Audiotapes/ Videotapes/ Games/ Simulationscheck markcheck mark 2518

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of written work  check mark250
Creative output/ Audiotapes/ Videotapes/ Games/ Simulationscheck markcheck mark 2518
Combined Total For All Components100% 36 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content. The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:

Our partners are fully committed to the principles and practice of inclusiveness and our modules are designed to be accessible to all. Where this module is delivered overseas, local equivalent support for students and appropriate legislation applies.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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