MDS-10009 - Digital Video
Coordinator: Mandy Mcateer Tel: +44 1782 7 33499
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733147

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

This module focuses on the creation of a short film. You will learn the fundamentals of video production, including the techniques and the aesthetics of screen writing, shooting, composition and editing. Most importantly you will learn by doing. This is a hands on course that encourages you to familiarise yourself with digital video equipment, consider the work of other film and documentary makers, experiment with and develop your own filmmaking style and begin acquiring a knowledge of film language and terminology.
The key areas of focus are:
- Film language and terminology (critical analysis of films and conventions)
- Pre-production (scriptwriting, storyboarding, schedules and planning)
- Production (camera operation, directing)
- Post-production (editing)
Assessment will be by a group project, 3-5 minute short film (50%) and a workbook (50%).

To study film language, conventions and terminology.
To gain a range of basic practical skills in film production (pre-production, production and post-production).
Enable critical understanding of the moving image, andĚ develop knowledge of relevant software.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

critically reflect on the aesthetics, form and function of films: 1
demonstrate an understanding of professional pre-production, production and post-production processes and the effects of emerging digital technologies
: 1,2
work within a group to create media artefacts in the form of a treatment, script, storyboard, individual cinematic poster or group short film: 1
consider and evaluate their own work in a reflective manner, with reference to relevant historical or contemporary debates and conventions: 1
describe and practise film making conventions and techniques
: 1

Study hours

22 Contact hours of lectures, workshops and group supervision.
50 hours of reflection, revision and consolidation of theory and practice introduced in lectures, workshops and group supervision including research and individual skills development.
10 hours of group production meetings to discuss project development.
8 hours to produce material for formative assessment.
60 hours of practical work in the production of assessed final project material.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Workbook weighted 50%
workbook 2000 words
A personal record of each student's aims, objectives, project development, research material, production diary, critical analysis, group/project evaluation and theoretical discourse. The theoretical discourse will include a macro and microanalysis of a chosen film i.e. a general analysis of a film and a detailed deconstruction of a 60-90 second excerpt from said film.

2: Project weighted 50%
Short film
Create media artefacts in the form of a treatment, script, storyboard, shot list and produce group short film of 3 to 5 minutes duration