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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 23/06/2022 16:55:07

Title of Module: Masters Film Project

Code: FILM11005 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 60 ECTS: 30
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Nick  Higgins

Summary of Module

The Masters Film Project will give students the opportunity to participate in the making of a significant film or screenwriting project (fiction or non-fiction), working in one of a number of roles, including those of director and/or writer. The result should be a significant addition to their personal portfolios in terms of demonstrating their creativity, originality and ability to organize and execute a work that demonstrates a greater level of professionalism than those produced at PGCert or PGDip levels. Key content includes:

  • Working autonomously in professional modes and real-world conditions;
  • Writing as a tool for reflection on the creative process, and conceiving practice as a form of research;

One-on-one mentoring geared to support as well as challenge students, both aesthetically and intellectually.

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 integrated and critical knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and practical context of filmmaking by communicating complex concepts and ideas from the leading edge of the discipline to a specialist audience;

L2. Demonstrate substantial imagination, originality, and critical knowledge and understanding of the creative practice research process in devising and making a creative output;

L3. Apply a range of advanced specialist technical skills in completing a creative output to professional standard;

L4. Autonomously plan and manage a substantial creative project from initiation to completion;

L5. Demonstrate reflexive insight into the status of your creative practice in the wider industry context.

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 film production, including the concepts and principles that underpin them;

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Demonstrating creativity and/or originality in filmmaking;

Operating in a wide and often unpredictable variety of contexts;
planning and executing a significant film project and/or script.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

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

Practising 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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* 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 short film project and/or completing a professional-level short 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 in a variety of genres; documentary, fiction, experimental. 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.

Please note: Only projects that were developed through the Development Lab Module may go into production in the T3 Masters Film Project Module unless there are exceptional circumstances. This does not mean that projects developed within Development Lab will automatically be green lit for production in T3. All projects will still be required to meet the creative, pragmatic and logistical criteria necessary to achieve ‘green-lighting’ in the Masters Film Project module.

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 Activity48
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop30
Asynchronous Class Activity80
Independent Study418
600 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:

Bresson, R (2016) Notes on the Cinematograph. New York: NYR Books.

Fellini, F (2015) Making a Film. New York: Contra Mundum Press.

Hanulla, M., Suoranta, J. and Vaden, T. (2014) Artistic Research Methodology:

Narrative, Power and the Public. New York: Peter Lang.

Tarkovsky, A (2002) Time Within Time: Diaries, 1970-86. London: Faber and Faber.

Screenworks Journal (

(**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
ModeratorPaul Wright
External ExaminerTBC
Accreditation DetailsScreenSkills Select
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
1. Finished film & documentation (75%);
A short film in any genre of between 10 and 15 minutes duration, made either by the student alone or as part of a group in which the student plays a clearly defined and significant creative role.

The film project is subject to green-lighting by tutors in advance of production.
It is expected that the film will demonstrate a clear progression in terms of professional creative roles than the films produced made in Advanced Documentary and Fiction Film Practice, and be the result of a longer and better documented development process.

Production documentation and a personal production diary must also be submitted in order to help examiners understand the film process and the role played in it by the student, but will not themselves be graded.

2. Reflective presentation & independent report (25%)
Students will give a live presentation of 15-20 minutes duration during which they reflect on their experience of making their Masters film and their progression from the previous production experience in trimesters one and two, paying particular attention to the roles they took responsibility for, the nature of collaboration and the challenges they encountered during the production process. They will also outline how they now see their future role in the film industry when they leave the course, and the next steps they intend to take. A final individual report will accompany the presentation.
(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 practical workcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark7578

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
Presentation    check mark2518
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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