module specification

SM7031 - Digital Video Production (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Digital Video Production
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 200
70 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
94 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Oral Examination 25%   Presentation
Coursework 25%   Critical Report
Coursework 50%   Digital video project
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

This module provides students with practical experience in the production of digital video. It will serve as an introduction to the topic but is also suitable for those with some experience in this area.
Students will develop professional practices working individually or in small groups to produce a short documentary, promotional video, or mockumentary. They will be required to research, pitch, and develop a documentary proposal following industry guidelines and legal frameworks.
The module will give an overview of the commissioning process and will include input from industry professionals.
There will be an emphasis on how to film and work with documentary subjects (or characters) in an ethical way.
Students will learn about a range of documentary modes, genres and techniques via screenings, discussion, and practice. Key figures and films will be explored as well as emerging styles and formats.

Prior learning requirements



The module will allow students to develop advanced media practice skills by working towards the production of a digital video project. (LO1) (LO2)
Camera and editing skills will be developed through practical workshops. (LO2)
The module will address aesthetic principles such as how to frame and present an interview. (LO2)
The module will address planning, research, pitching, filming, editing and presentation of a short documentary. (LO1)
Narrative structure will be addressed via examples, initial planning and the editing process. (LO1) (LO2) (LO3)
The module will look at how archive footage can be utilised. (LO2)
Key to the module is the selection of interesting and relevant themes to explore though filmmaking. (LO1)
The module will explore a variety of styles, voices, and approaches by a diverse range of filmmakers. (LO3)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Teaching methods include lectures and on-line learning material, video and editing exercises, tutorials, seminar discussions and computer lab sessions. Students will be expected to attend lectures and take part in on-line activities as well as comment on their readings. A blended learning strategy will be employed to enhance the learning experience. The VLE will be used as a platform to support online discussions and situated learning experiences and to facilitate formative assessment and related feedback as well as a tool to integrate useful online learning materials provided by professional organisations and other relevant sources.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module post-graduate students will be able to:

LO1 Research, plan, organise and present a proposal for a Digital Video project.
LO2 Utilise the appropriate tools and techniques to develop digital video content for delivery across various platforms
LO3 Critically analyse and evaluate the traditions, theories and practice of digital video production
L04 Demonstrate an understanding of legal and ethical practices in film production.

Assessment strategy

a) Presentation of the project proposal to tutors and peers (25%) (LO1) (LO2) (LO3) (LO4) (Due in week 9)
The pitch/presentation will provide evidence of the students’ ability to communicate effectively and demonstrate awareness of the project requirements.

b) Digital video project prepared for delivery on appropriate platform (50%) (LO2) (LO4) (Due in week 14)
Innovative and appropriate use of digital video and the technical skills acquired will be assessed through the submission of the digital video project and supporting materials - based on specifications provided.

c) Critical Report (25%) (LO1) (LO2) (LO3) (LO4) (Due in week 15)
The 2000-word critical report will examine the production of the video project, reflecting on their success in realising its aims in relation to traditions, theories and practice of digital video production.