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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 22/04/2022 12:57:05

Title of Module: Collaborative Filmmaking Practice

Code: FILM09006 SCQF Level: 9
(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 offers students the opportunity to develop their collaborative, creative and technical skills in making short films (fiction, documentary and/or experimental) by assisting in the pre-production, production, and/or post production of at least one film directed and produced by students in levels above them. 

Students will develop their filmmaking skills in different areas and gain a variety of skills closely linked to employability in the film industry by researching and undertaking a specific role in a film production. There will opportunities for mentoring and peer feedback as well as a strong emphasis on independent research and self-reflection.

Assistance will be provided to find a suitable role on a production.

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 a critical understanding of a range of different roles in film production and the specialist technical, creative, collaborative and organisational skills and methods that these roles require.

L2. Apply this knowledge to contribute to the creation of new or original work in collaboration with other filmmakers.

L3. Evaluate the creative output and working practices of fellow students.

L4. Evaluate their own performance and skills base in relation to their continuing professional development.

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 9.

Demonstrate and/or work with:

An integrated knowledge of the different roles involved in creative film production, and the ways in which they collaborate.

A knowledge of one or more specialist filmmaking roles, informed by forefront developments.

A critical understanding of the wide range of creative, technical and organisational methods used by the various different specialist and non-specialist filmmaking roles.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Apply knowledge, skills and understanding:

In using a range of the principal professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with short film production.

In using a few skills, techniques, practices and/or materials that are specialised or advanced in relation to film production.

In practicing routine methods of enquiry and research into professional-level problems and issues.

To collaborate in a range of professional level filmmaking contexts that include a degree of unpredictability.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Undertake critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues involved in film production.

Identify and analyse routine professional problems and issues.

Draw on a range of sources in making judgements associated with short film production.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Use a wide range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills in support of established practices in short film production, for example:

Present or convey, formally and informally, information on standard/mainstream topics in short film production.

Use a range of standard software programmes or technical sound and camera equipment associated with short film production and post-production.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Practice creative collaboration with their peers and other students of differing levels.

Exercise responsibility for a specific area and activities at a professional level in short film production.

Practise in ways that show awareness of own and others’ roles, responsibilities and contributions.

Work, under guidance, with other students at a higher level or who have more expertise.

Seek guidance where appropriate, manage ethical and professional issues in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes or practices.

Reflect on one's own working practice and respond to feedback from peers and experts.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
The Short Film (Fiction)
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module is student-centred and much of the learning will be individual and independent. Support will be provided to ensure students have placements on other student’s films and are prepared for the role they will be undertaking. There will be lectures early on in the trimester to ensure students are aware of the documentation they will need to provide as evidence of their work and learning, which will be tailored to the roles students have chosen.
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 Delivery6
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity6
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop6
Personal Development Plan20
Asynchronous Class Activity68
Independent Study94
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:

Barnwell, J (2008) The Fundamentals of Filmmaking: Worthing: AVA Publishing.

Long, B & Schenk, S (2006) The Digital Filmmakers Handbook: Hingham, Mass.: Charles River Media.

Grove, E (2004) Raindance producers lab: lo to no budget filmmaking: Oxford: Focal Press.

Lyons, Suzanne (2012) Indie Film Producing: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking, Abingdon: Focal Press.

Gallagher, M (2016) Breaking Into UK Film And TV Drama: A comprehensive guide to finding work in UK Film and TV Drama for new entrants and graduates. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

(**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
External ExaminerAlex Nevill
Accreditation DetailsScreenSkills
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
A portfolio of practical and written work evidencing the research, preparation and fulfilment of a specific role in another students film production (50%).
A critical evaluation of the production and the student’s own performance in their role in the form of 2000-word essay (50%).
(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 practical workcheck markcheck mark  506

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essaycheck mark check markcheck mark5010
Combined Total For All Components100% 16 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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