Module title: Visual Effects (VFX)

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: IMD09133
Module leader: John Morrison
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Creative and Social Informatics
Prerequisites

To study this module you will need to have passed the module listed below or completed learning equivalent to the module - IMD08104 Digital Video Development or relevant HND eg Digital Media including training with cameras or IMD08105 2D Computer Animation or relevant HND eg Digital Media including training with Adobe After Effects

2018/9, Trimester 2, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: John Morrison
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The module will take a learner-focussed approach encouraging the students to take ownership of the content and delivery of the module. The initial weeks will provide the students with opportunity to develop key skills through specialist workshops provided by academic staff and related practitioners. Online digital sketchbook, social networks and blogs will be utilised by the students to encourage peer critique and for reflections on the learning experiences (all LOs).
Assessment (formative or summative)
Formative
Students will be supported by way of a “feed-forward” approach through regular meetings with their tutor scheduled during the development of the coursework.
Summative
A project-based, coursework to demonstrate individual learning mapped to learning outcomes 1 & 2. The students are required to research a given topic, assimilate their findings and through critique and reflection build develop a portfolio piece (LO1, L02).
A project-based, coursework to demonstrate individual learning mapped to learning outcomes 3 & 4. The students will be required to design and develop a digital VFX composting show reel to a given brief and specification (LO3, LO4).


Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 32
Independent Learning Guided independent study 120
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Practical 50 1,2 1 HOURS= 6, WORDS= 0
Project - Practical 50 3,4 1 HOURS= 6, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Within the context of digital cinema and television we look at how visual effects can contribute to the overall narrative. Particular consideration will be given to asset creation and digital compositing techniques.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Demonstrate an understanding of principles, methods and techniques utilised in the development of visual effects.
LO2: Appraise issues, influences and trends in visual effects and discuss future directions.
LO3: Make effective use of creative design in the development of visual effects driven narrative.
LO4: Determine and produce in a systematic manner visual effects sequences to a given brief and project schedule.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - HULLFISH, S. (2008) THE ART AND TECHNIQUE OF DIGITAL COLOR CORRECTION.: FOCAL PRESS, 1st ed.
Core - MCCLEAN, S.T. (2007) DIGITAL STORYTELLING: THE NARRATIVE POWER OF VISUAL EFFECTS IN FILM MIT PRESS, 1st ed.
Core - MASCHWITZ, S (2007) THE DV REBEL’S GUIDE PEACHPIT PRESS, 1st ed.
Core - RICKITT, R. (2006) SPECIAL EFFECTS: THE HISTORY AND TECHNIQUE: AURUM PRESS, 1st ed.
Core - SAWICKI, M. (2007) FILMING THE FANTASTIC: A GUIDE TO VISUAL EFFECTS CINEMATOGRAPHY: FOCAL PRESS, 1st ed.
Core - OKUN, J.A. (2010) THE VES HANDBOOK OF VISUAL EFFECTS: INDUSTRY STANDARD VFX PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES: FOCAL PRESS, 1st ed.
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