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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 23/06/2022 16:54:50

Title of Module: Film as an Industry

Code: FILM11004 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Paul  Wright

Summary of Module

This module will provide students with a critical awareness of the economic and practical aspects contemporary film production and distribution as currently experienced within the film industry. Key content will include:

  • Overview of workflow and industry standard practices from development through production to distribution;
  • Critical analysis of recent development, production and distribution approaches in cinema, and their relationship to technology and financing;
  • Masterclasses, workshops and tutoring with industry professionals.

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 critical knowledge and understanding of the economic and technological context of film development, production and distribution

L2. Apply practical knowledge and understanding of contemporary film industry processes and practices from development to distribution

L3. Demonstrate problem-solving skills and ability to justify subsequent decisions in absence of precedent or superior

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 11.

A critical understanding of specialised processes and mechanisms in the field of film production and distribution, including the concepts and principles that underpin them;

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Demonstrating creativity and/or originality in film production planning;

Operating in a wide and often unpredictable variety of production contexts and roles;

Planning and executing a significant production dossier.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Applying critical and creative thinking to issues at the forefront of contemporary film production;

Developing professional and rational responses to problems and issues arising during practice.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Communicating using written, oral, visual and acoustic forms at a professional level to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge and expertise;

Communicating with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Working in a peer relationship with professional practitioners;

Demonstrating leadership and/or initiative;

Practicing in ways that draw on critical reflection on both one own and other’s work;

Managing complex ethical and professional issues for which there may be no clear precedent.

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

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Learning and Teaching
The module is designed to be delivered within a blended learning model, employing mixed modes of learning, teaching and assessment.
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 Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
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:

Bloore, P (2012) The Screenplay Business. London: Routledge.

de Winter, H (2006) What I Really Want to Do is Produce. London: Faber and Faber.

Epstein, E.J. (2005) The Big Picture. New York: Random House.

Finney, A (2014) The International Film Business. London: Routledge.

Muchnik, F.A. (2016) The Strategic Producer. Abingdon: Focal 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
ModeratorNick Higgins
External ExaminerTBC
Accreditation DetailsScreenSkills Select
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
1. Critical case study: distribution (25%);
Students write a critical case study (1500-2000 words) of the distribution of a recent independently produced British film in any genre which achieved significant audience and industry impact. The case study should be based on original research, as well as published data, including social media campaigns and audience responses.
2. Financing dossier (50%);
Students produce a full set of documentation as would be required for the financing of a short film with a significant budget. This film may represent a personal project on which the student is working, or be based on a case study proposed by the student. (if they are in a craft role).
3. Schedule & budget exercise (25%).
Students produce a detailed schedule and budget for the production of a short film the script for which will be provided by the tutors. Students will be expected to contact rental and facilities companies, and individual crew to generate credible figures for their budget.
(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
Case studycheck mark  2512

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 mark5030

Component 3
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of practical work  check mark2512
Combined Total For All Components100% 54 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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