module specification

MD4009 - Film and TV Practice 1 (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Film and TV Practice 1
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 300
210 hours Guided independent study
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Showreel of practical assignments (equivalent in research, development and realization to 3000 word assignment)
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year City Wednesday Morning
Year City Friday Morning

Module summary

A highly practical module in which students learn the fundamentals of short film, drama and documentary filmmaking. Students will work on a range of projects both individually and in teams to gain a broad understanding of film and television production. By the end of the module the student will have completed a showreel of films and developed skills in preproduction, production and postproduction techniques.

There will be an emphasis on professional practice such as how to work with cast and crew in a safe an ethical way.

This module is studied alongside and in combination with MD4002 Film and TV Production.


The module will allow students to develop film and TV skills by working towards the production of a range of short productions. LO1,LO2,LO3,LO4

The module will address planning, research, pitching, filming, editing and presentation of short films. LO1,LO2,LO3,LO4

Students will gain experience in specific production roles within their teams through exercises and on their final films. LO1,LO2,LO3,LO4

The module will address aesthetic principles such as shot composition and film language. LO1,LO2,

Key to the module is the selection of interesting and relevant themes to explore though filmmaking. LO2,LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Learning hours comprise face-to-face and virtual contact hours plus self-managed and directed learning and reflecting through group discussion on projects in workshops. Weblearn is used for blended learning. Students will meet to develop and produce their productions both inside and outside of class time.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:
LO1: Developing camera and audio skills.
LO2: Structuring and storytelling via the editing process.
LO3: Understanding and carrying out specific roles within a production.
LO4: Teamwork, demonstrating management and planning skills transferable to careers in the audio-visual and creative industries.

Assessment strategy

Students will be assessed via a series of short briefs. They will gain regular detailed formative feedback across the year on their output and performance and will have the opportunity to refine their showreel for the final submission at the end of the module.
Assessment will be based on 100% coursework.


Each student group will have access to online resources, including Weblearn and Google groups. These are seen as forums for sharing information, discussion and learning.
In addition, reading and film lists will direct students to material that supports and broadens learning for particular groups and particular projects.