Module
Descriptions

for BA (Hons) Film, TV & Digital Media Production

Academic and Creative Skills

The aim of this module is to provide learners with the cognitive and practical skills that will underpin much of their academic and presentational work throughout the programme of study.
It will enable them to to study effectively and produce material that communicates an ability to think clearly and communicate with cogency in a range of formats – oral presentation, written work and visual communication. Initially a strong emphasis is placed on the academic disciplines of reading and research, critical thinking, referencing and the communication of understanding through the coherent expression of ideas.

Documentary & Factual TV Production 

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the development of documentary, from its inception to modern day factual TV, examining the major themes that have shaped the genre around the world. Strong emphasis will be placed on the theoretical treatment of documentary including national movements and their historical and social contexts. 

Global Perspectives

This is a University-wide common module, which facilitates interpersonal, intercultural and cross-disciplinary learning. The module introduces a range of ideas and ways of thinking based around the University’s values, reflected in its learning outcomes. It encourages students to interact with the broader University community, both socially and academically, asking them to cross the physical and intellectual borders of their degree programmes.

Introduction to Production

This module introduces the essential basic skills of narrative film production in the areas of camera, sound, lighting, directing, producing and editing alongside effective journal keeping, academic analysis and teamwork skills. You will work on in groups on short projects to create narratives in both drama and factual production, and keep an online journal to introduce the ethos of using digital media wherever possible. You will develop a sound basid knowledge of production techniques, creating a short silent drama and a short factual piece and learn to understand and practise the different roles involved. The module will also develop your teamwork skills.

Script Adaptation, Development and Presentation

This module introduces essential script craft and basic screenwriting practice. You will learn about script layout, formatting and key terms, and develop an understanding of the process of story and script planning and development from conception of idea through logline, outline, treatment and scene breakdown into early part-drafting and refinement of the work. You will explore aspects such as theme, intent and expression, and learn about the oral and written pitch and making presentations. The module also examines the nature of story conception and the potential of the idea as genesis of a project and includes the creation of a screenplay for a short five-minute script.

Studio Production

This module will develop your understanding of the techniques and processes involved in studio production. You will learn about working within a multi camera team and the professional roles involved in a multi camera studio. You will also develop your understanding of genres of studio production and format television, as well as practical knowledge of health and safety practice in the studio.

Visual Storytelling in Drama

This module explore the way in which digital video production presents narrative and the many ways in which drama story-telling is achieved using all elements of production including edit, colour, dialogue, soundtrack, camera language, and mise-en-scène. You will learn to use digital video cameras, sound recording and editing equipment and understand how different forms of film-making require different skills and approaches. You will also look at how different genres approach story-telling and especially how the same themes are expressed within different styles of film expression.

Creating a Produced Commercial

This module is a practical, hands-on introduction to the skills of being a producer. Here students will have the opportunity to utilise those skills learned in the Business & Law for the Creative Producer module and put them to practical use. Students will be required to package, advertise and market a product. They will have to identify the target demographic for their product and develop a coherent strategy for getting the product to market in the most efficient and cost effective way.

Studio and Outside Broadcast Production

This module builds on practices taught in studio production, to give you the technical and logistical skills required for Outside Broadcast (OB). You will learn about the principles and techniques of working within an OB unit, specifying and rigging equipment,  and working with multiple cameras and multiple microphones in a live setting. You will also learn about the processes of linking OB with live studio broadcast, and look at the different types of OB, including sports, news, cultural/musical, nature and conference.

Study Abroad Portfolio

This module guides students to reflect upon the learning journey of their study abroad period, and to conduct individual research about the screenwriting and filmmaking cultures they encounter in their host city. Through these integrated processes the students are supported in their individual development as a screenwriter-producer engaged with the creative community.

Using Emerging Technologies

This module builds on evolving convergent digital technologies which affect all elements of the media industry. It will enable you to develop your digital skills, adapting to and exploiting the evolving digital landscape and expanding your understanding of how traditional entertainment and storytelling can cross platforms and traverse converging technologies. You will learn how to use emerging technologies toexpand your creative and commercial potential and identify common social trends in submersive digital media. Ethical issues within new media products are discussed and analysed using real-life examples.

Campaign Production

This module looks at modern digital film production and distribution methods. You will explore current social, political, economic, environmental and/or cultural issues in order to produce, shoot and edit a short film which champions a cause, charity or organisation. Your research on the issues surrounding your campaign will ensure the outcome fulfils the brief and is of genuine use as a ‘real world’ campaign. Each student presents a project outline to the year group, who then vote on the best five. You will then work in groups, developing your practical filming and documentary production skills to execute and deliver the final campaign film.

Developing TV Formats for International Markets 

The trade and circulation of television formats has grown incredibly over the past two decades and has become a new industrial globalization mode. While the global industry of formats’ turns over varies from nine to fifteen billion dollars a year, formatted shows form the backbone of TV broadcasting around the world. In the last decade the TV market, which was traditionally dominated by the UK, US and Netherlands, has opened up to new players. This change has triggered a revolution in the creation and marketing of formats, and has enabled creative individuals, who practiced only in their local markets, to have the opportunity to trade and flourish in expanding global environment.

Development and Completion of Major Production

The Major Production is the culmination of the practical, research and creative learning undertaken on the degree and this 40-credit unit is arguably the most important both for the degree and also as a showcase of skills upon graduation.

Dissertation

The Final Year Dissertation is a formal research project to be presented in the form of a 5000-word essay. You will research and critically evaluate an in-depth aspect of TV, film or new media of your choosing, with extra recognition given to the study of an area outside of your own culture. Your report on the research you have conducted will demonstrate your ability to communicate ideas accurately, persuasively and succinctly in writing.