Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Dissertation Film
Academic Year
Semester 3 (Dissertation)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 5 x 1 hour tutorial


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Documentary Film of 15-20 minutes  70%
Semester Assessment Dissertation Research Paper and critical evaluation  4000 words  30%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of the failed element(s)  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of what is ‘documentary’ and what it can be.
2. Analyse and evaluate their own work within a critical context.
3. Demonstrate the practical and technical skills to produce a short-form documentary film of a professional standard.
4. Demonstrate being able to integrate conceptual research skills with practical production processes.


What is documentary and what can it be? This module brings together the accumulation of all the learning outcomes from the previous modules of this MA course. Students will be required to make a 15 – 20 minute documentary production with the intention of disseminating the work in international film festivals and competitions.

Students will be encouraged to evolve their own idiom as documentary film makers in this project and analyze their work within a critical context in the accompanying critical reflection.

Brief description

This module will be initiated and developed as part of Research Practices TFM2320 in which students will carry out research and evolve proposal documents for their dissertation project with one-to-one tutorial supervision.
This module will be taught through supervision tutorials.


Project research and development;
2 x 1 hour tutorial

Pre-production planning and management
1 hour tutorial

Edit - footage and rough assembly
1 hour tutorial

Edit - rough cut stage
1 hour tutorial

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Communication skills are central to both the research and development of each dissertation film production
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be able to evaluate their self management strategies and procedures. This will be assessed in the written component of the module –a critical analysis of their practice work.
Information Technology Students will be using a variety of post-production software platforms and manage their data files
Personal Development and Career planning Acquired skills on the module are assessed in a professional practice context.
Problem solving Students will develop creative conceptual and practical production understandings to problem solving by constructing an innovative video portrait.
Research skills Students will be able to evaluate their research methods and procedures. This will be assessed in the written component of the module – a critical analysis of their practice work.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Students will collaborate in production teams.


This module is at CQFW Level 7