Module
Descriptions

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

First year modules

SCR401 Script Adaptation, Development & Presentation

This module commences the learning of essential script craft, and introduces the student to basic screenwriting practice. This incorporates script layout, formatting and key terms, and develops an understanding of the process of story adaptation 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. It approaches the arenas of theme, intent and expression, and covers the oral and written pitch and presentation, acknowledging the twofold function of script treatment and summary as both writer’s and producer’s blueprint and as marketing tools. The module also examines the nature of story conception and the potential of the idea as genesis of a project. And in furthering this development, the student is tutored and supported in creating a screenplay for a short script.

Introduction to Production

In order to undertake a degree as diverse and industry focused as BA (Hons) Film, Television & Digital Media Production, students need to be introduced to the essential basic skills of narrative film production. First year students will all have a level of media literacy that needs to be not only developed but given a professionalism and academic discipline. Students will be taught the essentials of genre and narrative structure in drama as well as the principles of reportage.

Core Skills for Learning and Research

This module serves to introduce students to the core study skills required to work effectively as active learners throughout their university studies and in their careers. It helps students to assess their range of skills and to identify those capacities that need further development.

Global Perspectives

This 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. Global Perspectives aims to increase self-awareness and prepares students for their subsequent studies by familiarising them with the resources available to meet their lifelong learning needs.

Visual Storytelling in Drama

Narrative is essential to all visual media production, from advertisement to feature film. Indeed, most students will come to a degree course such as this looking to tell a story and will be expecting to be trained how to make one. This module is, therefore, central both to your expectations as well as a central learning tenet for those who wish to learn to communicate stories via visual media. This module follows on from Script Adaptation, Development and Presentation and therefore includes deeper analysis of genre and narrative. The classical narrative text, film traditions of Asia (especially South Korea and Japan) and oppositional film genres will be examined. The development of television drama will be studied from its inception as the inheritance of the radio drama to the modern big budget series from HBO, ABC and the BBC. Students will also look at the biographical form and different ways to tell stories based on real characters.

Studio Production

Television studio production remains at the core of the output for public and independent broadcasters. With the increase in digital television channels in recent years the output of studio productions has increased, with programmes as diverse as soap opera, light entertainment and news and current affairs filling the schedules. Students need to develop an understanding of the genres of programmes which are studio based and the phenomenon of format television. Students will also need to develop skills to accomplish their own studio production from conception to delivery, concurrently developing the group working skills needed to work within a large production unit. The study of studio based formats through lectures, tutorials and seminars will support and enable originality in the assessment of this unit.

Second year modules

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.

Using Emerging Technologies

This module builds on the world of the evolving convergent digital technologies, which affect all elements of the media industry on a daily basis. It allows students to develop their digital skills, adapting to and exploiting the evolving digital landscape around them and expanding their understanding of how traditional entertainment and storytelling can cross platforms and traverse converging technologies. This module theorises alternative and traditional routes to market, brand extensions, commercial entertainment and distribution techniques. It will include presenting students’ theories and techniques, which, when put into practice, allow them the opportunity to extend entertainment ideas created with skills learned in Level 4 modules, together with building an original cross-platform entertainment experience incorporating new media technologies.

Studio & Outside Broadcast Production

With the development and expansion in digital television channels in recent years the volume of outside broadcast production has experienced a huge increase, and sports and music/concert coverage dominates the Outside Broadcast output of the digital channels. Students need to develop an understanding of how to accomplish an outside broadcast, from conception to delivery, whilst developing the team skills needed to work within a large production unit. Locations around the campus will be connected to the studio via power outlets in order to both train ‘in house’ before moving to outside locations as well as to serve the wider University community for events taking place on campus. This module will provide the students with the technical and logistical skills required in Outside Broadcast and will also open up future career possibilities within OB Production.

Creating and Producing a 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.

Study Abroad Essay and Portfolio (optional)

Students will either go on study period abroad with one of our established partners around the world or go to Vancouver Film School on study period abroad.The Vancouver Film School option extends the opportunity to students to study at a specialist partner that focuses on film and acting.

Through the writing of a critically and analytically informed essay, you will reflect upon your study abroad experience and its contribution to your personal and creative development.

If you do not wish to embark on a period of study abroad, you can remain at Regent's University London to study four second year modules.

Third year modules

Campaign Production

The ability to develop and maintain a professional relationship when engaging with clients is an essential skill set for 21st century media producers. All clients – from the commercial to the subversive - now demand dialogue, sharing and feedback as equal partners in the creative process. Many organisations now engage at an online level and require high quality moving imagery to promote their agendas.

Development of the Major Production

This will commence as a collection of ideas and objectives but will become a workable portfolio of scripts and pre-production. The module exists to support and prepare for the final semester project, the Major Production. There is a greater emphasis on self-directed study here and students, albeit with tutorial support, will require more individual motivation than at any prior point in the degree. If the first two years are about understanding broad-based learning and skillsets, then this module is very much about individual organisation, planning and developing creativity.

Extended Essay Part I: Lecture

This module will provide the students with an opportunity to engage with a research topic of their choosing and develop advanced skills in literature and resource searching. They will be able to demonstrate autonomous learning and working to a given deadline. Students will be expected to critically evaluate an in-depth aspect of television, film or new media of the student’s choosing, in this module the student will display this knowledge and research through a lecture and will display preparedness for the forthcoming essay via a rationale and bibliography.

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’ turnover 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.

Completion of Major Production

The module is designed as a vehicle to exhibit and explore all the taught facets of the degree as well as the extent of self-directed study, research, talent, creativity, management and group working skills. To be successful students will need to use this project to explore innovation as well as be able to define the forms and genres studied hitherto. There is here a far higher ratio of self-directed study to taught content, and this is crucial as the student is being assessed on their ability to manage their own time, their crew’s time and to maintain a pace of work that guarantees a successful project. The module also aims to develop suitable level of specialist accomplishment in a primary and secondary area, and in particular to complete a Major Production together with supporting materials and any online content. Students will also need to work on a set number of fellow students’ projects within specialist roles.

Extended Essay Part II: Essay

This module will provide the students with an opportunity to engage with a research topic of their choosing and develop advanced skills in literature and resource searching. They will be able to demonstrate autonomous learning and working to a given deadline.

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.