MCH8004 : Film Practice Project

Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


Working individually, this is a highly focused, intensive module with documented theoretical or research-based criteria being the primary project driver.

Completion of MCH8002 Film Production 1 in semester 1 and MCH8003 Film Production 2 in semester 2 is obligatory.

The reflective report must be a minimum of 3,000 words explaining the project aims, context and outcome. The film must be a minimum of fifteen minutes and maximum of twenty minutes duration and clearly show the advanced techniques and concepts outlined in the project documentation.

Each film must have clear artistic or professional focus and the intended audience must be identified and targeted both in the write-up and in the film’s structure and presentation. A detailed project brief and treatment must be completed prior to filming. Originality in use of narrative and visual artistry will be encouraged and students will be expected to push the boundaries in art and practice of film. The aim is to equip the students to industry standard expertise as well as allowing them to show off their creative and original potential.

Outline Of Syllabus

As this is a dissertation module, there is no teaching syllabus. Over the course of the module, students will make a minimum duration of fifteen minutes and maximum of twenty minutes film exploring a subject that has a pre-written research agenda either in the creative approach to the subject matter or in an analytical approach to narrative conventions as demonstrated in the film. They will accompany the film with a min 3,000 word analysis of their completed work.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1590:00590:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Project Supervision sessions: group or one-to-one sessions allowing for Q&A sessions regarding the planning and execution of the project and intensive appraisal of student performance. These sessions are expected to facilitate development of cognitive and key skills, and to give feedback to the student.

Guided Independent Study: to facilitate intended knowledge outcomes, and to develop both cognitive skills and key skills (as above).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj3A70Digital film project
Reflective log3A303000 words reflective report on the film produced
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The film practice project will be a culmination of the student’s development in filmmaking based on progress made in the taught modules in semesters 1 and 2. It will also be a calling card / showcase for future employment / doctoral studies in film practice. Student’s organizational, craft and creative skills will be subject to formative assessment throughout the module in order to achieve the high standards required. As such, these three aspects (organizational, craft and creative) will be the main factors in the film practice project assessment.

Assessment will be 70% on the film (split between organizational, craft and creative elements) and 30% on the reflective report. Originality, both in execution of the film and in the criticality of the analysis in the reflective report will be rewarded. The split between the film and the reflective report is to encourage risk taking and experimentation. The reflective report offers the student an opportunity to set out the aims and objectives of the research project and provide a critical account of the context and eventual outcome.

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