Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Film Production Research Project
Academic Year
Semester 3 (Dissertation)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Film Production  (20 minutes)  50%
Semester Assessment Written Presentation  (20 page film pitch document)  10%
Semester Assessment Production Portfolio  Documentation  20%
Semester Assessment Written Reflection  (5000 words)  20%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed elements  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate successful project design and application in the field of practice research.

2. Demonstrate a mastery of the strategies and operational procedures involved in formulating, planning, managing, and realizing a Film Production leading to a substantial output.

3. Demonstrate advanced skills in a range of conceptual and representational practices and procedures.

4. Critically evaluate these outcomes in relation to contemporary knowledge, practice and research traditions in the appropriate scholarly fields.

5. Demonstrate on understanding of the market for the film project and the potential of the film within the market place.

6. To critically evaluate the film value chain in relation to the film production project.

Brief description

Students will develop a work of practice-based research in the form of a substantial creative output of a fully filmed, edited, completed and developed script, with supporting critical reflection and evaluation.
The submission type, topic and methodology for the research will be identified with the help of a film pitch proposal, to be submitted at the end of the first semester. Projects will be approved by the module coordinator subject to the availability of suitable resources and academic advisors with expertise in the chosen topic.
Students will work with the support of a Producing advisor and will be given the opportunity to present the work in a public showcase.


Students will be asked to begin thinking about their film production project in semester 1. Through a series of tutorials, they will be acquainted with a range of methodologies and development tools.
At the end of the first semester they will be required to produce a film production pitch proposal that will help them shape their production, and that will be focused further through individual supervision in the second semester to lead a 20-minute film accompanied by written critical reflection. A total of 10 hours (5 x 1-hour seminars in semester 1 and 5 x 1 hour seminars in semester 2) and a total of 10 hours supervision time in semester 3 is given to each student, where supervision is arranged on an individual basis.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Students will be expected to discuss their dissertation and its progress in the group and with their supervisor (in tutorial sessions). They will practice, through the proposal, how to write in a clear and effective way.
Improving own Learning and Performance In tutorials, students will be expected to critically reflect on their own readings and preparatory research, and on how their dissertation plans are progressing. IN addition, students will be expected to develop their motivation, organization and time-management skills, by planning their work on the dissertation through the dissertation proposal and drafting chapters, whilst keeping in regular contact with their supervisors. Students engaged in practice- based research will develop relevant skills in devising, making and performing as appropriate to their projects.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to use the web and the numerous e-learning resources in the library in order to search for and locate journal articles and other primary materials that have relevance to their research projects.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be encouraged to develop their research, writing, learning and organizational skills. These attributes will feed into their development as effective researchers, which will be particularly suited for an academic career or career within the field of Film.
Problem solving This element is developed through students considering methodologies appropriate for their dissertation topic. They will learn about practical issues and demands associated with employing such methods through seminars. By problematizing the perception of what constitutes good and effective research, the students will have to think differently about their research projects and the questions and issues they will need to tackle in order to plan and carry out their research.
Research skills This element is developed through students identifying, guided through seminars, the most appropriate research methods and procedures to employ in order to answer their research questions and then applying these in a clear and effective way throughout their research projects. These skills are also developed through research of relevant literature and identifying the key literature that will inform and academically ground their work.
Subject Specific Skills Film Producing skills will be developed throughout the module.
Team work Students will test their research projects on their peers, who will comment, thus enriching the learning process through a set of team-related and common practices. Students will be expected to work with their supervisor, to arrange tutorials and plan their dissertation work, to share and negotiate ideas and opinions on methods and relevant readings, and to reflect on and share ideas about their developing dissertation plans.


This module is at CQFW Level 7