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Unit information: Practical Project in 2019/20

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Unit name Practical Project
Unit code FATV30009
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Jimmy Hay
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Film and Television
Faculty Faculty of Arts


The unit will provide a structured and supervised opportunity for final year students to produce a practice-based project on a topic of their interest, subject to approval by the unit convenor, within the area of film and television studies. The student will normally be one of a small production group of 4 students, although this may be open to flexibility depending upon the nature of the project and the approval of the unit convenor.

Unit aims:

  • To enable students to develop and apply appropriate creative and technical production skills within a chosen aesthetic and/or generic context;
  • To enable students to develop and apply appropriate knowledges and skills within a practice-based context;
  • To provide the opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and experience of the discipline through independent study.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. identify, and creatively engage with formal choices which realise, develop and challenge existing practices and traditions, and with the possibilities and constraints involved in production processes;

2. characterise some of the ways in which individuals, or collaborative project-oriented teams, conceive, execute and complete their work in creative industries;

3. produce work showing advanced skills in operational aspects of film and television production technologies, systems, techniques and professional practices;

4. manage time, personnel and resources effectively by drawing on planning, organisational, project management and leadership skills;

5. experiment, as appropriate, with forms, conventions, languages, techniques and practices;

6. work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, self-direction and reflexivity;

7. organise and manage a supervised, self-directed project;

8. worked productively in a group, showing abilities at different times to listen, contribute and lead effectively;

9. demonstrate knowledge and use of safe working practices.

Teaching details

5 x 1-hour meetings (either individual or in a group),

8 x 3 hour seminar/workshops

Assessment Details

Short practice-based work of a length appropriate to the chosen mode of production (e.g., up to 10 minutes for a film produced in a group of 4 students), drawing on multiple aspects of practice learned during the programme and exploring particular approaches to / perspectives on practical work in film / television (80%) ILO 1-9

1000 word individual commentary that contextualises and frames the production in relation to the approaches explored and the student’s particular role within the project (20%) ILO 1-2, 5-7

Practical work, such as films, can be made either individually or in groups, at the unit convenor’s discretion. The required length of a film or related work will vary, depending on the number of students involved and the specific nature of the project.

Work made in groups will be awarded a single grade, but commentaries will be marked individually.

Reading and References

Reading will be drawn from material that relates to the specific practical and conceptual contexts of the project.