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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 29/03/2022 11:30:41

Title of Module: Cinematic Creativity

Code: FILM08005 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Dr. Andrew  Jarvis

Summary of Module

This module will consider significant trends concerning form and innovation in cinematic storytelling techniques, including non-linearity and intensified continuity, varieties of realism, and art cinema narration. These techniques will be explored as examples of innovative approaches to the construction of cinematic space and time.

Particular attention will be paid to examples and modes of cinema that provide alternatives to mainstream filmmaking. Students will be encouraged to identify distinct approaches to narrative, narration and film style, and to link these to questions of ethics and cultural politics. A recurring focus of discussion will be the extent to which cinematic creativity can be used to address contemporary questions concerning local, transnational and global identity. In addition students will be encouraged to link their critical examination and understanding of cinematic innovation to their own creative practice as filmmakers.

  • The student will develop an awareness of the scope of cinematic storytelling.

  • The student will examine in detail formal and technological innovations and their application in contemporary filmmaking.

  • The student will develop an understanding the connections between film form and representational and ethical considerations.

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. On completion of the module the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of formal, stylistic and technological innovation in specific cases of cinematic storytelling.

L2. The student will be able to analyse and evaluate cinematic creativity in ways that link aesthetic, ethical and cultural significance.

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 8.

Demonstrating an understanding of particular film forms, genres and styles and the ways in which they organise understandings, meanings and effects.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Using a limited range of appropriate theories and concepts as scholarly underpinning when critically analysing films and filmmaking.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Evaluating complex arguments, information and ideas relating to films and filmmaking.

Examining assumptions critically in light of evidence.

Responding positively to feedback while maintaining confidence in their own creative and scholarly work.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Assimilating, synthesising, and conveying complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes, both in critical and creative contexts, and through a variety of specific stages.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Exercise autonomy and initiative when undertaking personal investigation concerning cinematic creativity.

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
Classes will be delivered on a weekly basis, during which lecturers will introduce and examine appropriate topics and critical perspectives, and invite students to participate in the evaluation of the cinematic formal innovation under discussion. Students will be encouraged to engage personally with lecture material from the module’s outset by being tasked to find their own research projects based upon their critical and creative interests and ambitions. These will be incorporated into organised discussions amongst peers in order to encourage a learning community around creative achievement. A wide range of audio-visual material will be incorporated into the lectures and discussions, and there will be several full screenings of key films. Class-based study will also be supported by on-line materials on the module VLE site.
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 Delivery30
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity6
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:

Bordwell, D. (2006), The Way Hollywood Tells It. Los Angeles, University of California Press.

Brown, W. (2014) Supercinema: film-philosophy for the digital age. New York, Berghann.

Elsaesser, T. (2018) European Cinema and Continental Philosophy: Film as Thought Experiment. New York, Bloomsbury Academic.

Frampton, D. (2006) Filmosophy. New York, Columbia University Press.

Rushton,R. (2011) The Reality of Film: Theories of Filmic Reality. Manchester, Manchester University Press.

(**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

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardArts & Media
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelArts & Media
ModeratorRachael Stark
External ExaminerDr. Alex Nevill
Accreditation DetailsScreenSkills (UK only)
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Summative Assessment: Essay on the topic of creative cinematic storytelling. The essay will include a minimum of 2,500 words (and a maximum of 3000 words) critical examination and evaluation of selected formal innovation.

(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) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essaycheck markcheck mark10036
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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