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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 31/03/2022 18:12:33

Title of Module: Introduction to Film & TV Production

Code: BROA07004 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

Students will be introduced to the key concepts of film and television production and will develop knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical and practical approaches to visual communication, project management and creative planning.

Students will acquire a critical terminology and learn practical industry-based approaches which can be applied to the production of short film and television projects. 

During the module, students will reflect on their creative work and evaluate the learning experience.  Groups will be encouraged to take a collaborative, creative approach to producing a film for an audience of peers.  

Students will be given an introduction to basic story-development and scripting for short-filmed projects.  They will be shown how to prepare elementary pre-production paperwork for script-breakdown, planning and scheduling.  This will cover areas relating to health and safety, consent and trust.


  • Students will be introduced to the key skills involved in television and film production.

  • Students will learn the fundamental elements of sound, lighting and shot composition, and basic applications of digital filming and editing technology.

  • Students will be introduced to the basics of all stages of the production process and will take on associated professional production roles as part of their assessment.

  • Students will be encouraged to watch a broad range of television and films and analyse them from a technical and production viewpoint.

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 the ability to contribute to a group production of a short film or video that engages with the norms of professional film and television production

L2. Evaluate and critically reflect upon a short screen production through entries in a working journal

L3. Demonstrate an ability to present evidence in an appropriate written and visual forms

L4. Demonstrate the ability to work effectively within group settings.

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.

Students will gain:

an awareness of particular film and video-based media forms and genres and the way in which they organise understandings, meanings and effects

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Camera and Sound: Students will be able to operate a digital recording equipment and practically interpret and apply knowledge of its component parts and lens characteristics. Students will be able to operate a tripod. Students will be able to define and practically apply the basics of operation, framing, lighting and sound acquisition.

Camera and Sound: Students will be able to operate a digital camcorder and practically interpret and apply knowledge of its component parts and lens characteristics. Students will be able to operate a tripod. Students will be able to define and practically apply the basics of operation, framing, lighting and sound acquisition.

Editing: Students will be able to apply simple non-linear editing practice within practical projects. Students will be able to describe and practically apply fundamentals of storing and organising digital material and the assembling of existing ‘rushes’ into a structured whole. Students will be able to describe and apply the concepts of continuity editing and use of simple wipes and digital effects within practical editing work. Students will be able to produce work in formats appropriate for web-cast distribution.

Planning and Pre-Production of a Short Video: Students will be able to define and apply the processes of developing a programme idea within small groups. Students will be able to define and apply the principles of producing a treatment, research and a script.

Production and Post-Production of a Short Video: Students will be able to interpret their knowledge of the disparate skills introduced in this module and apply this knowledge in the actual shooting and editing of a short video. Students will be able to describe and apply fundamental knowledge of legal issues, location filming and programme management to cooperate and work safely together. Students will be able to critically analyse the completed project.

Students will gain an applied knowledge and understanding of media production skills and the ability to:

produce work which demonstrates the effective manipulation of sound, image and/or the written word;

utilise effectively relevant technical concepts and theories;

utilise a range of research skills, produce work showing competence in operational aspects of media production technologies, systems, techniques and professional practices;

manage time, personnel and resources effectively, by drawing on planning and organisational skills;

define and apply basic televisual theory and language in order to visualise, produce and edit a sequence of shots that will cut together smoothly to create a visual narrative.

SCREENSKILLS National Occupational Standards:
Camera November 2008: C1-C4, C8, C10, C12-C14, C20-C22, C28, C30, C31, L7, CTV2, CSS1-CSS5
Lighting for Film & Television June 2006: L7.
Directors April 2003: D1, D2, D4

Generic Cognitive skills 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 work individually and be able to collaborate within groups to produce scripting, storyboarding, shot lists, lighting plans, production design.

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

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

Students will be able to deliver work to a given length, format, brief and deadline;

Students will be able to initiate, develop and realise distinctive and creative work within various forms of writing or of aural, visual, audio-visual, sound or other electronic media;

Students will be able to be adaptable, creative and self-reflexive in producing work within various genres.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Students will be able to gather, organise and deploy ideas and information in order to formulate arguments cogently, and express them effectively in written, oral or in other forms.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Students will be able to work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, self-direction and reflexivity;

Students will be able to organise and manage supervised, self-directed projects.

Students will be able to define and assign necessary production roles and responsibilities and work cooperatively within a production team.

Students will be able to communicate effectively in inter-personal settings, in writing and in a variety of media.

Students will be able to work productively in a group or team, showing abilities at different times to listen, contribute and lead effectively.

SCREENSKILLS National Occupational Standards 2020.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Co-requisitesModule Code:
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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, seminars, workshops, tutorials, group and individual project work, supervised independent learning, open and resource-based learning, multi-media and new media learning, production practice;

large and small group and individual learning and teaching situations; tutor-led, student-led and independent learning sessions;

knowledge acquisition, skills development (specific and general transferable), analysis and evaluation; use of a range of technology systems for accessing data, resources, contacts and literature, and for the acquisition of production skills.
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
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity6
Independent Study158
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:

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

Jones, Chris & Jolliffe, Genevieve. (2018) Guerilla Film-Makers Handbook. London; Continuum International Publishing Group.

Rabiger, Michael (2020) Directing the Documentary, Berlington; Focal Press.

Weston, Judith. (2021) Directing Actors – Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television. Studio City; Michael Wiese Productions.

(**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 DetailsScreenSkills
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Summative assessment.
Group project with production documents.
Individual written critical analysis.
Working in small groups, students will undertake the production of a small-scale film. Students will communicate understanding of the research and production process and project conclusions through the production of a film. They will produce the necessary associated paperwork.
They will write a report of 1000 words which will contextualise their work and highlight their role within the production.
(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 written work check markcheck mark 00
Creative output/ Audiotapes/ Videotapes/ Games/ Simulationscheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark1000
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 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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