FT2P1F-Creative Practice: Film/TV

Module Provider: Film, Theatre and TV
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: FT1P1M Practical 1: Making Meaning
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr David Pearson

Email: d.c.pearson@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module offers students the opportunity to develop the sophistication of their creative practice, and their competency in the production of moving images. The module will focus on refining technical and design skills through group production exercises in sound and image which will be analysed and documented.


The module aims: to develop students' production competencies; to develop an understanding of the way in which creative processes relate to critical analysis; to encourage students to understand their practice in relation to cinema and television histories; to enhance the students' professionalism and range professional skills in the fields of film and television.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students will be expected to:

• demonstrate the critical, technical and organisational expertise required to complete short exercises in moving image production;

• demonstrate systematic and coherent decision making in the production of moving images and a sound track;

• relate practical decisions to theoretical, critical and cultural ideas developed in earlier or concurrent critical modules;

• document processes of production;

• evaluate and analyse the outcome of practical exercises critically.

Additional outcomes:

This module develops in students skills of leadership, particularly managerial and organisational skills. Decision-making and its consequences are central to the course. The module extends skills and competencies which are central to the degree: team work; oral communication and group co-operation; library usage to assist in self-directed, independent work; appropriate deployment of research using printed and electronic resources: critical analysis of visual and written material and coherent argument; presentation of written work using IT. The module has a role in developing career-based learning, and will enable students to identify and present their skills through a variety of means.

Outline content:

Through workshop teaching, students will develop their understanding of the principles of design in visual and spatial composition, lighting and sound, mise-en-scene and performance. Students will be asked to produce, in groups, short moving image pieces that address specific aspects of dramatic construction, composition, lighting and sound. Students will also deliver a presentation which will critically evaluate the outcomes of their practical work.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching will be by a series of workshops, lectures and individual and group tutorials.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 1
Demonstration 2
Practicals classes and workshops 21
Supervised time in studio/workshop 20
Guided independent study 56
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

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:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment arrangements by project and/or related written work.

    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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