FT1P1M-Practical 1: Making Meaning

Module Provider: Film, Theatre and TV
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Teresa Murjas

Email: t.s.murjas@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
Through a series of workshops and small group practical projects, this module introduces students to the principles of critical practice in theatre performance and screen-based production. Through discussion, research, practice and reflection, students develop their skills of textual analysis and creative collaboration, and their knowledge of devising, production and documentation processes. They will be introduced to a range of basic technical skills. Students will also gain transferable skills in interpersonal communication, leadership and influencing, research and targeted writing, planning and organisation, and group collaboration work.

This module aims to introduce students to the working practices and theoretical contexts for critical practice as a methodology for the study of film, theatre and television texts and as a means of creative production. It aims to provide a practical introduction to the critical relationship between development of meaning and creative decision-making in these forms, and give students experience of devising, documenting and analysing critically engaged theatrical and moving image production, cultivating an understanding of the practices and critical processes that come together in the devising, planning, realisation and documentation of such pieces. Furthermore, it aims to introduce students to specialist equipment and some of the basic technical skills necessary for production and performance work.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
• work effectively and independently in small groups in order to accomplish short exercises in realising texts and devised material practically, taking account of critical analysis, group discussion and research;
• demonstrate a basic understanding of connotation and denotation, channels and systems of communication in the production of meaning;
• demonstrate this understanding in processes of reading and devising, producing and performing texts;
• demonstrate an understanding of the functioning of basic technical equipment in accordance with the safety policy of the department
• document, analyse and critically evaluate processes and realisation of group practical work, drawing on appropriate critical and theoretical frames of reference;
• articulate an understanding of 'critical practice' (practice as a means of exploring critical issues and articulating critical understanding) as it applies to film, theatre and television.

Additional outcomes:
The module plays a significant role in the development of skills and competencies which are central to the course: oral communication, argument and collaboration required for effective group work; management and communication skills required to satisfactorily carry out responsibilities in small exercises; appropriate deployment of research using printed and electronic resources; critical analysis and coherent argument, both individually and collectively; identifying and addressing problems in the analysis, evaluation and development of film and television productions and theatre performances.

Outline content:
The module consists of a series of workshops in which students are introduced to the principles of critical practice through discussion, reflection, analysis and small-group practical projects in screen and theatre practices. Each project is developed from research and critical thinking exercises, and institutes practical or critical constraints that encourage in students a developing awareness of the relationships between context, text, and reception, and between intentions and the finished outcome. Reflection is structured and regular, and students are asked to document their practice both verbally and in writing to consolidate understanding.

Global context:
This module develops students’ critical thinking in relation to, and their understanding of, devising and production techniques common to a range of national contexts and traditions.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Workshop discussion is supplemented by textual and performance analysis, critical reading and individual research of contexts and models of practice, and group collaborative devising. The documentation of practical work enables students to reflect on the effects of their decision making and to relate their own work to wider practices and critical concepts.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 8
Practicals classes and workshops 28
Supervised time in studio/workshop 64
Guided independent study 100
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 50
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:
There will be presentations in class (group and individual) with oral feedback throughout the module.

Penalties for late submission:

10% of the total marks available will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline), up to a total of five working days. Once this period has elapsed, a mark of zero will be recorded.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 40% in both the practical work and the documentation (report).

Reassessment arrangements:
Practical work: A written project developing practical ideas address by the module
Documentation (Report) – Resubmission of coursework.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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