Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 6 x 1 Hour Seminars
Lecture 6 x 1 Hour Lectures
Workshop 6 x 1 Hour Workshops


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written Portfolio (2,000 words)  40%
Semester Exam 7 Hours   30 minute Individual oral presentation on the visualization of script including storyboards.  60%
Supplementary Assessment Written Portfolio (2,000 words)  40%
Supplementary Exam 7 Hours   30 minute Individual oral presentation on the visualization of script including storyboards.  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a knowledge of working with actors.
2. Demonstrate an understanding on how choices in shot effect the visual expressivity and clarity of storytelling in images in film production.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of visual storytelling.
4. Demonstrate a knowledge of the key skills in directing and delivering a film.
5. Develop an understanding of content form and critical theory and an appreciation of how this relates to the aesthetic of the finished production.

Brief description

A Film Director will work closely with the DOP, the Designer, Editor, First Assistant Director, and all craft grades and coordinate all these elements into the finished production. The whole crew and actors exist to realize the directors’ vision for the film. Working with other disciplines in the department, the course will equip the student with the skills required to direct and deliver a film. The director must interpret the script and be able to realize his vision for the film by leading others towards his goal and bringing about a unifying vision of the film.


Course Delivery:
Lectures: 8 x 1 hour
Seminars: 8 x 1 hour
Practicals: 4 x 1 hour sessions working with actors and planning shots
Any other teaching methods: 5 x 2 hour screenings

Course Content:

Narrative in Cinema
Working with the script and developing creative story ideas
Visual Storytelling
Visual Effects and Green Screen
Planning the shots and storyboarding
Setting up a Scene and assessing coverage
Use of Music in Film
The Edit and the Mix

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not applicable to this module
Communication Written communication as well as the process of communicating a concept through a particular medium is directly assessed. Oral communication skills are developed through exercises, seminars and feedback on creative concepts for cinematography.
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 required to use industry standard software involved in film production work.
Personal Development and Career planning The skills gained from this module will enhance the employability of film students.
Problem solving Directing a film involves a series of compromises and decision making based on a continuous process of problem solving. Students will be tested on this individually and as part of a team.
Research skills Students will be expected to research the variety of Directing skills used to resolve issues that arise in real life situations and will be assessed on their ability to evaluate and effectively use their knowledge to apply these skills to the issues that arise.
Subject Specific Skills Directing skills will be developed throughout the module.
Team work Studying Directing require students to work effectively as a team to deliver media content by specific deadlines.


This module is at CQFW Level 5