Core Module Information
Module title: Project Preparation

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: SCA11128
Module leader: James Mavor
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance
Prerequisites

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Description of module content:

In a series of seminars and tutorials, you will work on your presentational and pitching skills, and on the development of a short fiction film project. During the first trimester, you will select a project to work up into pre-production.

In the second trimester, emphasis will be on continued script development, pre-visualisation and team working relationships in pre-production; attaching talent in front of, and behind the camera, and story interpretation by key creative members of the team: producer, director, actor, designer, cinematographer, editor, and composer. You will break down your scripts in production management terms, creating budgets, schedules and production plans.

Taking advantage of the Screen Academy’s series of screenings and master classes, you will conduct both a study of a film maker or movement, and a professional practice case study, that are pertinent to your own practice.

Depending on your specialism, and the appropriateness and availability of a suitable placement context, your case study may consist for instance of a block or day release professional placement in a workplace, on a film shoot in your relevant department or in development on a project with a writer or producer. If not it will consist of a original research into a key process within film-making that is relevant to your practice, and will involve original research including interviews with accomplished professionals.

You will get an overview of the different departments and associated professions involved in film production from conception to exhibition through the Screen Academy’s season of lectures and seminars from visiting professionals. This will enable you to examine team-working and the division of labour in the light of your own specialism and career plans.

Together the critical and professional practice strands inform a series of exercises designed to help you experiment with and enhance your creative practice, in parallel with the development and pre-production of your project. This process will occur in parallel with the Screen Academy’s individual industry mentoring programme.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module students will be able to:

LO1: Generate and critically appraise ideas and project proposals in terms of story structure, creative potential and practical viability.
LO2: Produce and present screen project proposals in an effective and professional manner.
LO3: Plan a project through professional preproduction processes and collaboration within time and resource constraints.
LO4: Critically analyse film texts in the context of your own creative practice.
LO5: Conceptualise the application of advanced creative techniques in your own and related disciplines to your developing film-making practice.
LO6: Predict personal career development needs and plan accordingly.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: James Mavor
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los

The module will consist of a series of seminars in which you will submit and develop your project ideas LO 1,2). This will culminate in a pitch presentation of your project proposal mid way through the module. As the module proceeds, sessions will evolve into tutorials, in order to advance the preproduction of these projects (LO 3).

In parallel with this, a series of crits run alongside self-directed exercises and studies in your chosen discipline (LO 5). This time will allow you the chance to experiment and develop your voice through small projects, to give a critical presentation on a film-maker or movement of your choosing (LO 4) and to perform a case study on a professional practice subject of relevance to your own specialism (LO 3, 5, 6).

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills

Students will write a Personal Development Plan that outlines their plans, aspirations, and goals in their career within and beyond the MFA programme. This will form part of their portfolio hand in, and will help to shape the eventual content of that portfolio.

Students’ choice of project will be geared to the aspirations and goals listed in their PDP.

Employability skills developed: Writing, speaking, creativity, action planning, negotiating, presenting, self-reliance, motivating others, attention to quality.

Assessment (formative and summative)
Students create a PDP and work up three creative exercises (LO 5), a case study (LOs 3,5,6) and critical study (LO 4), a total of five submissions, which will be presented at a series of crits throughout the two trimesters [each submitted as a hard copy and presentation lasting 30-45 mins.] The crits, which occur at regular intervals throughout the two trimesters, provide an opportunity for formative feedback, and the work will be assessed summatively through the submission of a portfolio containing these materials at the end of trimester 2.



Formative Assessment:
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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 Tutorial 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 270
Independent Learning Guided independent study 300
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 70 4,5,6 25 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 30 1,2,3 28 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

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