Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 3 hour Workshops per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Individual portfolio based on group production work (including short scripts, films, sound experiments and editing exercises) employing traditional production methods as well as mobile and other devices.  70%
Semester Assessment An individual blog (combining text, image, sound and video) to chronicle the development of each project, exchange criticism and share ideas between groups; demonstrate a critical awareness of the production process as well as familiarity with convergent media and social networking.  30%
Supplementary Assessment Individual portfolio of work as above.  70%
Supplementary Assessment Individual blog as above.  30%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an awareness of the various stages of media production from conception to realisation, including camerawork and editing.

2. Successfully upload a media production onto the web for dissemination.

3. Work effectively as part of a production group.

4. Demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on their work as an individual within a production team.


The introduction of this major production module forms part of a wider departmental review of the Part 1 curriculum. It also responds to demands from single honours students for increased levels of practical production work. As such, it will lay a firmer foundation for production work at Part II in Film and Television Studies (FTVS) and Media and Communication Studies (MCS). The module also addresses important issues of convergence within the media industries, thereby enhacing the employability of TFTS graduates in FTV and MCS.


Lectures and workshops on writing; camerawork; editing; generic styles and forms (including silent film, narrative, non-narrative and experimental work); working as part of a production team; uploading material to the web; convergence issues.

Brief description

This module enables students to engage in a range of media production activities including the writing, researching, shooting and editing of short films across various genres and incorporating a number of styles. In addition, issues of media convergence will be addressed through the dissemination of these films via the web and the maintenance of a blog by students which will allow a critical and theoretically-informed reflection on media production. Much of the time spent on the module will be self-directed learning in production groups.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not developed explicitly in this module.
Communication Effective communication skills - oral, written and visual - will be developed throughout the module.
Improving own Learning and Performance Formative feedback will be provided throughout the module which will help students to improve their own learning and performance.
Information Technology As part of the module students will be required to use the web as part of the learning process and assessment regime.
Personal Development and Career planning The skills gained from this module will enhance the employability of FTV and MCS students.
Problem solving Production groups will be set tasks as part of the module and will be required to resolve problems/issues relating to these.
Research skills Students will be required to research specific topics in preparation for the weekly tasks relating to various styles/forms.
Subject Specific Skills Media production skills in a converging media environment will be developed throughout the module.
Team work Production groups will be required to work effectively as a team to deliver media content by specific deadlines.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Crittenden, Roger (2005) Fine Cuts: The Art of European Film Editing Focal Press Primo search Elwes, Catherine (2006) Video Art: A Guided Tour Primo search Foster, Gwendolyn Audrey and Wheeler Winston-Dixon (2002) Experimental Cinema: The Film Reader Routledge Primo search Grau, Oliver (2008) MediaArtHistories MIT Press Primo search Gross, Lynne Programming for TV, Radio & the Internet Primo search Kellison, Cathrine (2005) Producing for TV and Video Focal Press Primo search Lee, John J. Jr. (2005) The Producer's Business Handbook Focal Press Primo search Musburger, Robert B. Single-Camera Video Production Primo search Proferes, Nicholas (2004) Film Directing Fundementals Focal Press Primo search Watts, Harris (1992) Directing on Camera: A Checklist of Video and Film Technique Aavo Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4