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Unit information: Industry Study in 2021/22

Unit name Industry Study
Unit code FATV30004
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Alex Clayton
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 pursue the independent study of a creative industry, organisation or practice related to the areas of film and television. Students will choose their own focus and topic for the study (subject to approval by the unit convenor), and will be provided with support and guidance from the Department. The Department has a number of ongoing links and connections to organisations that students can draw on for their industry studies. The student will conduct the planning, structuring and writing of the study under the supervision of the department, which may include interviews with key players in the field/s of film and/or television and related organisations. The assessment is in the form of a case study that brings the study and the outcomes of its related activities together in a structured way, drawing on relevant theoretical contexts, and presenting a cogent argument/s.


  • To provide the opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and experience of the discipline by pursuing the independent study of a creative industry, organisation or practice related to the areas of film and television;
  • To enable students to develop knowledge of the creative industries in the fields of film and/or television through a focused and appropriately executed and planned case study;
  • To provide the opportunity for students to combine all aspects of the study into a case study that draws on relevant theoretical contexts and presents a cogent argument/s.

Intended learning outcomes

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

1. identify a key topic for study within a professional industrial setting related to film and/or television;

2. effectively and independently plan, structure and execute a case study of an aspect of the film and television industry, which may include interviews, with supervisory support;

3. consider at an advanced level how the creative industries function with regard to the focus of the selected case study and within wider cultural and artistic contexts;

4. write a case study to an advanced level that is situated within relevant contexts, including those relating to aspects of the creative industries, and that presents a structured and cogent argument.

Teaching details

Weekly seminar and 5 x group or individual supervisions, supported by self-directed tasks where appropriate.

Assessment Details

6,000 word individual case study, including supporting documentation (100%)


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