Creative Film Dissertation (EAF3516)

StaffDr Benedict Morrison - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesVideo essay; Successful completion of video essay during year 1 or 2 modules, or previous relevant filmmaking experience, as determined by assessment of prior work by the dissertation convenor Short film: Previous relevant filmmaking experience, as determined by assessment of prior work by the dissertation convenor.
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

  • To provide the opportunity, at the end of your BA programme, to produce a sustained piece of creative audio-visual work. A project is chosen by you, in consultation with an academic member of staff, and thereafter you complete the work, along with a related self-reflexive essay, under appropriate academic supervision. The module therefore develops qualities of independence, active learning, research and writing.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a capacity to produce a piece of creative visual work, as agreed by supervisor
  • 2. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of your chosen genre and styles of film making/critical commentary

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Present persuasive arguments in both visual and written formats
  • 4. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of a variety of theoretical positions and ideas

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Through writing the critical commentary, demonstrate appropriate research and bibliographic skills
  • 6. Through producing the film or video essay, demonstrate advanced skills of creative expression and use of audio-visual technology

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will include some or all of the following elements:

  • You will submit a proposed dissertation title before the Christmas break. Supervisors will be assigned by the beginning of the second semester. You should have a written plan of your dissertation ready for discussion at the first meeting with your supervisor. It is then your responsibility to arrange  three further 30-minute supervisions during the term. Supervisors will read and comment on up to 2000 words of written drafts or up to 2 mins of visual material, or any agreed combination thereof.
  • Responsibility for the selection and development of a topic of research is left to the individual, though you are invited to discuss it with one or more members of staff. There is no specific training in film-making or video-essay making and you will have to demonstrate prior ability by meeting the conditions of the module pre-requisite.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching11Lectures (11 x 1 hour)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching9Workshops (3 x 3 hours)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching1.5Supervisions (3 x 0.5 hours)
Guided Independent Study278.5Film/essay production, reading, writing

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Draft extract of critical commentary or 2 minute section of short film/video essay2000 words or 2 minutes, or any agreed combination thereof1-6Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Critical commentary252,500 words1-3, 5-6Written
Short film/video essay75Short film: 3-8 minutes; Video essay: 8-15 minutes1-2, 4-6Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Critical commentaryCritical commentary (3000 words)1-6Referral/deferral period
Short film/video essayShort film: 3-8 minutes Video essay: 8-15 minutes1-2, 4-6Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

To be developed by you in consultation with your supervisor.

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