FT3APP-Advanced Practical Project

Module Provider: Film, Theatre and TV
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: FT2P2 Practical Project
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: FT3DISS Dissertation: Film and Theatre
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Lisa Purse

Email: l.v.purse@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module represents the student's major piece of creative work, the culmination of the 'critical practice' dimension of the course.


The module aims to test the student's ability to apply accumulated skills and knowledge to a major practical, research-based project with accompanying documentation, which is initiated and developed independently but under supervision.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students it is expected that students will be able to :

- demonstrate the ability to plan on paper a coherent practical project in theatre, film, television or mixed media which draws convincingly on critical and theoretical debates and practices encountered elsewhere on the course;
- articulate a clear set of aims, expressed both in terms of creative and critical objectives;
- demonstrate levels of technical skill and achievement appropriate to their project;
- realise a practical project that is internally coherent, systematic and imaginative in its decision making and that is informed by an appropriate critical and conceptual agenda;
- evaluate their project self-critically, analysing both local and systemic levels of decision making, in the light both of independent reading and research and selected examples of theatre, film or television practice.

Additional outcomes:
Assessment is based on the outcomes of production and documentation. The processes of production and documentation will encourage a range of other outcomes.
appropriate deployment of research using printed and electronic resources critical analysis and coherent argument; presentation of written work using IT; identifying and addressing problems in film/theatre practice; self-evaluation and self-critical analysis.
practical planning and time management;
successful management of the resources involved in production, including the leadership of a production team, within the constraints and policies of the Department;
the development of IT and technical skills (e.g. digital video editing, lighting design using computerised control boards; computer aided design for theatre).

Outline content:

Students offer one of the following: a) a practical theatre project with accompanying documentation; b) a practical film/ video project with accompanying documentation; c) a practical television project with accompanying documentation; c) a practical project mixing theatre and film/video, with accompanying documentation; d) a project involving both critical writing and practical work.

Students will usually work on the above in small crews/ensembles, of between two and four members. Each member must have a role that is creative, involves research, and is an integral critical decision-making role. Written documentation will be completed individually.

During the Autumn Term students will meet regularly with their supervisors, identify the nature of their intended project and under supervision will develop detailed plans (including, as relevant, a prompt copy, scenic design, shooting script) for a project which is appropriate in scale, can be achieved within available resources and is informed by a clear and explicit critical agenda. Satisfactory completion of this phase of work will lead to approval of a production schedule. Students will give a short presentation on their research-in-progress during Autumn term. Auditions will be held during the Autumn Term for performers and production crews and personnel will be allocated through co-operative discussion under the supervision of the production co-ordinator for each area. During the Spring Term students will develop their productions on a schedule agreed by the co-ordinator and completed productions will be presented/submitted by specified dates towards the end of term. Supervisors will attend rehearsals/view rushes during this period. Part 2 of the documentation (Evaluation) will be submitted at the beginning of the Summer Term.

Global context:

Working on this module involves researching film, theatre and television as well as the production of the students' own work, and projects may conduct this research in relation to texts from a range of national cinemas, theatres and television contexts. Films have sometimes been shot outside the UK and completed work has sometimes been shown in festivals in different parts of the globe.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching is by tutorial, with group meetings held to co-ordinate schedules and allocate practical resources.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 8
Tutorials 3 3
Project Supervision 4 8 1
Practicals classes and workshops 2 3
Supervised time in studio/workshop 70
Fieldwork 5
Guided independent study 166 88 39
Total hours by term 180.00 180.00 40.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 40
Project output other than dissertation 60

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%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of coursework. The practical element of assessment may be replaced by a different mode of assessment.

    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: 23 July 2018


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