Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Experimental Media Production
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Successful completion of Part 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Workshop 10 x 3 Hour Workshops
Viewing 10 x 2 Hour Viewings


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1. Critical Assessment. (assignment and workbook sem 1)  Written Assignment and Supporting Workbook - Semester 1  15%
Semester Assessment 2. Creative Assessment. (media project 1 & statement)  Media Project 1 and Supporting Statement - Semester 1  25%
Semester Assessment 3. Critical Assssment.(progresss report and workbook- sem 2)  Progress Report and Supporting Workbook - Semester 2  15%
Semester Assessment 4. Creative Assment. (media project 1. sem 2)  Media Project 1 - Semester 2  35%
Semester Assessment 5. Critical Assessment (critical analysis sem 2)  Critical Analysis - Semester 2  10%
Supplementary Assessment 1. Critical Assessment (written assign and workbook - supl)  Written Assignment and Supporting Workbook  15%
Supplementary Assessment 2. Creative Assessment. (Media proj 1 and statement- supl)  Media Project 1 and Supporting Statement  25%
Supplementary Assessment 3. Critical Assessment (prog report and workbook -supl)  Progress Report and Supporting Workbook  15%
Supplementary Assessment 4. Creative Assessment (media proj 1 - supl)  Media Project 1  35%
Supplementary Assessment 5. Critical Assessment (crit anal- supl)  Critical Analysis  10%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate the ability to identify and develop an advanced aesthetic, philosophical, political or cultural problem for investigation, using a self-directed research plan.

2. Identify and plan an appropriate self-directed media practice methodology to investigate this problem.

3. Demonstrate the ability to formulate, realise and edit advanced media works (through self-directed work) with a developed critical awareness of what they are creating and the process used to produce it.

4. Show an advanced critical awareness of the connections between their work and current video production and theoretical writing, and use these areas to inform their practice.

5. Exhibit the ability to use video cameras and editing equipment with advanced skill.

6. Exhibit the ability to develop a portfolio of advanced completed video works as a basis for further investigation.


The investigation of aesthetic theories through creative work is central to the module. As such it enriches the FTV programme by offering the opportunity to research through practice.

Brief description

This module provides each student with an arena for the production of a body of self-directed, critically-engaged video work, and engages the students in advanced discussion of key areas of production in the field.


Course delivery:

10 x 2 hour Viewing/Tutorials per semester
10 x 3 hour Workshops per semester

The module is partly intended to offer advanced exploration of key topics in experimental production, and to use these discussions to inform the students' own practice. Therefore, each session will introduce a topic within experimental production/media, with corresponding screenings of examples for discussion.

Topics include:

contrasting methodologies and philosophies of production;
investigations of the medium;
investigation of self and the politics and aesthetics of self-potrayal;
documentary and fictional approaches within experimental media;
the relationships between video art and other forms of alternative media practice such as experimental cinema and the art film;
the relationship between moving image experimentation and movements in the art world;
video and media appropriation; video and gender/feminism/sexuality;
video and landscape; video for installation.

Whilst these areas would be explored as part of the lecture/seminar, the module will be centred on the creation of student work. This will involve:

1. the identification of an aesthetic, intellectual, creative-technical, cultural or political problem to be investigated;
2. the development of a moving image work or production process that explores this issue;
3. the realisation and editing of the work, primarily outside of class;
4. the screening of edited versions of the work and their discussion/critique by the group, and the revision of the work in response;
5. the evaluation of each video's effectiveness in investigating the issue proposed.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number None.
Communication The students will develop their written skills in the writing of the proposals and analysis. The lecture-seminars will involve the discussion of screened work and related topics, along with the critique of students' own proposals and video works. Students will be encouraged to discuss with increasing precision and sophistication.
Improving own Learning and Performance The course will require the review and critique of all areas of the work from initial conception to finished project. The students will discuss both their own work and the work of others. The students will be encouraged to adjust their work in response to this assessment. A particular focus of discussion will be whether the realised work truly embodies or interrogates the problem or issue raised in the proposal. The written piece will evaluate the video piece.
Information Technology Initial proposals would no doubt be word-processed. Digital video footage would be edited on a computer using Avid Media Composer or Final Cut Pro. Other applications/computer technologies may well be involved, depending on the student's particular self-directed research problem.
Personal Development and Career planning The realities of a career as a video artist will be touched upon during the discussion. These discussions will suggest exhibition opportunities for experimental video work (festivals, the gallery system) and the place of this work in the art market. The course will involve the production of a portfolio of work.
Problem solving Each piece of video work will be an investigation of a particular aesthetic, intellectual, political or cultural problem. In producing the work, the students will gain experience of solving the particular logistical, budgetary and technical problems involved in production.
Research skills Conceiving the video works will require research into a wide range of artistic production, critical-theoretical works, historical, social and cultural materials. This research will lay the basis for, and thereafter respond to, the research problem noted in (1) above. The creation of the media work will of course constitute a research program in itself (through practice). Filming and editing the works will involve research into the technical systems used in their creation.
Subject Specific Skills Pre-production skills will be developed through the conception and planning of multiple productions. Directing skills will be developed during production. Camera skills will be developed in the use of a video camera. Editing skills will be developed through the editing of the piece.
Team work The course involves group critique and discussion. There is also the potential for collaboration in production of work.


This module is at CQFW Level 6