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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 16/03/2022 20:56:27

Title of Module: Digital Filmmaking B

Code: FILM09003 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Sam  Firth

Summary of Module

This module together with Digital Filmmaking A (FILM09002) offers students the opportunity to develop their creative and technical skills in making short films (fiction, documentary and/or experimental). Teaching takes the form of hands-on exercises, lectures/seminars, and workshop/laboratory sessions, including with industry guests. The core focus of the two modules is the production of a short film for which students choose specific specialized roles that allow them to acquire creative and/or technical skills in specific grades. All students are encouraged to identify the aspect of filmmaking where they personally have most to offer, and to develop this skill by making a meaningful contribution to one or more projects during the course of the year.

The first half of the module is focused on production and image editing for the major short film project launched in Digital Filmmaking A through to rough cut.  The second half of the module is devoted to refining the edit and completing post-production.

Key content includes:

  • Editing: technique and structure
  • Sound edit, design and mix
  • Image post-production
  • Distribution: festivals and other outlets

This module builds directly on work carried out during Digital Filmmaking A (Level 9), and leads on to the Honours Creative Project module (level 10).

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 an understanding of short film (both fiction and documentary) as a distinctive form.

L2. Apply a thorough understanding of industry standard pre-production, production and post-production processes in short filmmaking.

L3. Demonstrate growing expertise in a specific role (creative or craft) in short filmmaking.

L4. Critically analyse and evaluate their own performance and skills

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 9.

Demonstrate and/or work with:

An integrated knowledge of the different roles involved in creative film production, and the ways in which they collaborate.

A critical understanding of the wide range of creative methods used by film directors and screenwriters to develop characters, situations and stories.

A knowledge of one or more specialist filmmaking roles, informed by forefront developments.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Apply knowledge, skills and understanding:

In using a range of the principal professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with short film production.

In using a few skills, techniques, practices and/or materials that are specialised or advanced in relation to film production.

In practicing routine methods of enquiry and research into professional-level problems and issues.

To practise in a range of professional level filmmaking contexts that include a degree of unpredictability.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Undertake critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues involved in film production

Identify and analyse routine professional problems and issues

Draw on a range of sources in making judgements associated with short film production.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Use a wide range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills in support of established practices in short film production, for example:

Present or convey, formally and informally, information on standard/mainstream topics in short film production to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes.

Use a range of standard software programmes associated with short film production and post-production.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level in short film production.

Exercise managerial responsibility for the work of others and for a range of resources.

Practise in ways that show awareness of own and others’ roles, responsibilities and contributions.

Work, under guidance, with specialist practitioners.

Seeking guidance where appropriate, manage ethical and professional issues in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes or practices.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Digital Filmmaking A
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The focus of the teaching and learning methodology will be to deliver a blended learning experience, using a combination of online learning materials, group mentoring sessions, workshops, demonstrations, and lectures, while providing extensive practical hands-on experience of short film production in a group.

Both core staff and guest lecturers are actively involved in the film industry in various roles, and their approach to teaching is informed by their own practice and/or research. Throughout, students are encouraged to take a problem-solving approach to the aesthetic and pragmatic decisions involved in filmmaking, and to learn from their mistakes as well as their successes, in line with the principles of inquiry-based learning.

Students are encouraged to reflect on the way in which their own experience of practical filmmaking relates to different historical traditions, and to position their work in relation to contemporary European and international film practice.

Group-based work will lead to the creation of a short film, while students will also have the opportunity to complete a series of individual filmmaking exercises and develop specific craft skills.

Extensive formative feedback will occur throughout the module, with students receiving peer, tutor and industry feedback on their work in progress at regular intervals.

Digital Filmmaking B will exploit E-Learning through the use of our VLE, Moodle, thus freeing up contact time for creative teamwork.
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 Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity18
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop6
Asynchronous Class Activity40
Independent Study124
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:

Rabiger, Michael. Directing : film techniques and aesthetics (2008); Oxford : Elsevier/Focal Press

Rabiger, Michael. Directing the documentary (2004) 4th Edition, Focal Press

Macnab, Geoffrey, Swart, Sharon. Filmcraft. Producing; (2013) Focal Press

Weston, Judith. Directing actors : creating memorable performances for film and television. 1946- Studio City, Calif. : M. Wiese Productions, 1996.

Sonnenschein, David (2001) Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema, Studio City; Michael Wiese Production.

Ondaatje, Michael (2008) The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film, London; Bloomsbury Publishing. 2008

Cousins, Mark (2012) DVD The Story of Film: An Odyssey

Cousins, Mark & MacDonald, Kevin. Imagining reality : the Faber book of documentary (1996) London Faber

Schaeffer, Dennis, Salvato, Larry. Master of light: Ansel Adams and his influences.
(1992) Masters of Light: Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers by Schaefer. California; University of California Press.

Murch, Walter In the blink of an eye : a perspective on film editing
(2001) 2nd Edition ( Berkley )

BFI iplayer

Sonnenschein, David. Sound design : the expressive power of music, voice, and sound effects in cinema / (2001) Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema, Studio City; Michael Wiese Production.

(**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:
Attending all seminars, lecturers, workshops and tutorials and delivering work on time as and when requested.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardArts & Media
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelArts & Media
ModeratorAndrew Jarvis
External ExaminerAlex Nevill
Accreditation DetailsScreen Skills UK
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Working in a specific role within a group to deliver a finished short film and accompanying portfolio(60%).
A reflective essay contextualising the film and critically analysing the film and their own contribution. (40%).
(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) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of practical workcheck markcheck markcheck mark 6021

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essay   check mark406
Combined Total For All Components100% 27 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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