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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 25/04/2022 16:20:27

Title of Module: Creative Filmmaking Practice

Code: FILM07008 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Shaun  Hughes

Summary of Module

This module builds on the foundation provided by an Introduction to Film and TV Production and enables students to further develop their creative and technical skills through the creation of multiple practical short film assignments. There will be a detailed focus on key technical and creative roles in filmmaking, with particular emphasis on the categories of Sound, Editing, Directing, and Cinematography.

Throughout the module further directing, camera, sound and editing techniques will be modelled for the student. Formative exercises will cover new skills and expand upon existing skills. This learning will be supported by specialist workshops covering the effective use of filmmaking technology for cinematic storytelling. Further workshops will place an emphasis on using filmmaking technology when collaborating with performers and participants on fiction and documentary films. These skills will be synthesised in the students’ development and production of complete short films. Overall, the module will aim to focus and expand the student’s’ awareness and ability in relation to the technical and creative processes of storytelling using digital filmmaking technology.

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. L1. Demonstrate an awareness of the dynamic nature of knowledge and understanding concerning the technical and creative decisions that inform the production of fiction and documentary films. (K&U).

L2. L2. Apply professional skills, techniques, and practices associated with the distinctive qualities of cinematic storytelling. (Applied).

L3. L3. Exercise initiative and independence in carrying out technical and creative roles associated with cinematic storytelling in short film formats. (Autonomy).

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:

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Introduction to Film & TV Production
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching will be based on a balance of introductory lectures and screenings designed to develop a shared technical and conceptual understanding and vocabulary concerning the scope and potential of cinematic storytelling. There will follow workshops with demonstrations of technical and creative techniques and hands-on participation by students. Learning will become doing as students in small groups make their own films with an assigned tutor acting as mentor.
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
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:

McKendrick, Alexander (2005). On Filmmaking: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director. New York: Faber and Faber.

Rabiger, Michael (2014). Directing the Documentary. Burlington: Focal Press.

Rabiger, Michael (2013). Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics. London: Routledge, 5th edition.

Irving, David K. & Peter W Rea (2015). Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video. Oxford: Focal Press.

Weston, Judith (1999). Directing Actors – Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television. Studio City: Michael Wiese Productions.

(**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 PanelScreen
External ExaminerDr. Alex Nevill
Accreditation DetailsScreenSkills (UK Delivery Only)
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
1. Group Creative Practice. Portfolio of work including film and individual written reflective analysis. 100%.
(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
Portfolio of practical workcheck markcheck 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

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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