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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 24/03/2022 11:26:23

Title of Module: Advanced Fiction Film Practice

Code: FILM11002 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 40 ECTS: 20
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Sam  Firth

Summary of Module

This module will develop students’ ability in advanced creative fiction film production, and encourage them to experiment with new forms and new working methods. Key content includes:

  • Immersive hands-on workshop experience led by practising fiction filmmaker(s);
  • Multidimensional analysis of prominent short and feature length fiction films from both the historical canon and recent international production;
  • Small group support and one-on-one mentoring through an individual fiction film/script project, from conception to fine cut/final draft.

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. Originate, plan and create (or contribute to the creation of) a short fiction film for cinema to professional standards.

L2. Analise and apply a range of research to the development of a film project idea and the process of its creation.

L3. Apply an understanding of the social, contemporary, historical and economic context to development, production and evaluation of a film project

L4. Apply creativity in solving problems.

L5. Evaluate their own and each others creative practice with recourse to expert advice.

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 creative processes and mechanisms in the field of fiction film production, including the concepts and principles that underpin them;

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Demonstrating creativity and/or originality in fiction filmmaking;

Operating in a wide and often unpredictable variety of contexts;

Planning and executing a significant fiction film project and/or script.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

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

Developing original and creative 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;

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
The focus of the teaching and learning methodology will be to deliver a blended learning experience, using a combination of group seminars and workshops, online mentoring, individual tutorials, and practical hands-on experience of shooting a professional-level fiction film project and/or completing a professional-level short fiction script.

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 national, European and international film practice.

Group-based work will lead to the development and production of a number of short films. Production records and student statements will provide the basis for evaluating individual contributions to the film shoot, while placing a high value on teamwork and cooperation.

Extensive formative feedback will occur throughout the module, and students will receive peer, industry and tutorial review of their work regularly throughout the trimester.

The module will exploit E-Learning through the use of our VLE, Moodle, using Online channels wherever possible in order to free up contact time for creative work and collaboration.
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 Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop28
Asynchronous Class Activity24
Independent Study312
400 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:

Batty, C. (editor) & Kerrigan, S. (editor) (2018) Screen Production Research: Creative Practice as a Mode of Enquiry: Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan

Bordwell, D. (1997). On the History of Film Style. Cambridge MA.: Harvard University Press.

Lumet, S. (1996) Making Movies: New York: Vintage Books

Rabiger, M. & Hurbis-Cherrier, M. (2008) Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics. Amsterdam: Oxford: Elsevier/Focal Press. 4th ed.

Weston, J, (1996) Directing actors: creating memorable performances for film and television: Studio City, Calif. : M. Wiese Productions, 1996.

(**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
ModeratorProf Nick Higgins
External ExaminerS Haillay
Accreditation DetailsScreen Skills
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
1. Peer-reviewed treatment for short film project or seminar paper (25%);
Students produce a treatment for a short film project or a seminar paper (2000-2500 words) that is reviewed and critiqued by another student in the group, who acts as respondent. The treatment should include a section on research. All papers presented are subject to peer evaluation.
2. Completed fiction film project (65%);
Students work in groups to produce a short fiction film (5-10 minutes duration). Each student should play a clearly defined and significant role in the project. Production documentation and a personal production diary will also be submitted in order to help examiners understand the film process and the role played in it by the student. Each film will be subject to green-lighting by tutors in advance of production.
3. Critical analysis (10%).
Students write a reflective critical analysis of their own filmmaking work focussing primarily on the piece of work and its effectiveness in storytelling, form and originality particularly with reference to their own aims and ambitions for the piece and where the film does not meet their own ambitions or professionals standards and why. (1000 words)
(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) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of written workcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark 2524

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of practical workcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark 6560

Component 3
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essay    check mark1012
Combined Total For All Components100% 96 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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