Core Module Information
Module title: Graduation project development

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SCA11132
Module leader: Nigel Smith
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance
Prerequisites

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Description of module content:

An initial series of seminars and workshops contextualising and analysing a variety of screen project development practices utilised in industry will lead to pitching sessions in which you will present, critically appraise, debate and defend your creative project ideas.

Critical dialogue and negotiation will lead to the adoption by collaborative producer/writer/director teams of project ideas and, with the aid of further workshops and group tutorials, the progressing of these selected projects through a development process. This will result in the creation of a short (15 mins) film screenplay and a feature film treatment (10 pages) to a professional industry standard.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Conceptualise short film and feature film projects based on original ideas.
LO2: Appraise debate and defend the merits of these ideas during a pitching session.
LO3: Critically evaluate your work in the context of industry practices of project development.
LO4: Generate story, scenario and character materials for each project.
LO5: Synthesise differing creative inputs and approaches during the development process in order to enable the emergence of coherent and commercially attractive creative work.
LO6: Produce short film screenplay and feature film proposal documents to an industry standard within a prescribed development period.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, 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: Nigel Smith
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching Methods (including their alignment to Learning Outcomes)

The module will consist of a series of seminars, workshops and group tutorials in which you generate, critique and defend original story materials for commercial exploitation during pitching (LOs 1, 2), development (LOs 3-5) and finally on paper (LO 4-6). Development work will be supported by tutorials (LOs 4-6) while lectures and seminars on industry and critical context will enable you to reflect critically throughout the process (LO 3).

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills

Emphasis is placed on building well-developed skills to support your individual development as a film maker in your chosen discipline. In common with all students on the Kino Eyes European Movie Masters, you will have completed a Personal Development Plan, in your first semester on the programme, based on personal critical research into current and emerging professional-level practices in your specialism. This will outline your professional, creative and critical goals for the programme and beyond. You will review this plan as part of your learning logs and critical studies throughout the two year programme. Employability skills developed: Autonomous and team working, working to deadlines, setting objectives, creativity, communicating, organising and planning, critical evaluation and reflective skills.

This programme is part of a suite of complementary programmes running within Screen Academy Scotland. Students from all programmes are involved in common masterclasses and professional practice events. Cross-programme collaboration is also encouraged.

Research/ teaching linkages

Staff and visiting lecturers throughout this programme are selected for their substantial industry experience, and this forms the basis for much of their teaching. Additionally, staff within the Screen Academy continue to develop and work on live projects and professional practice based research assignments, which will inform their approach to the teaching of the module.

Supporting equality and diversity
The broad cultural scope of the module is designed to allow students from varying cultural and demographic backgrounds to develop their own unique voices. The philosophy of the programme in which the module is offered is that film is a universal cultural medium. Students will be encouraged to create work that responds to their diverse national traditions and sensibilities and in their own milieu and language. The cross fertilisation that results from this rich mix of nationalities collaborating together will create project work and a student experience that is highly original and international in its character.

Internationalisation

The Kino Eyes programme, of which this module is a part, has been designed as an international programme. Seventy-five per cent of students are expected to be from outside the EU. Students will therefore benefit from an international experience throughout, by virtue of the rich mix of nationalities expected from the cohort. If you are an international student, you will be given advice as to the support that is available to you in the University.

The programme is delivered in campuses in three European states, and most students will get the opportunity to study in Edinburgh, Tallinn and Lisbon in the course of their time on the programme. Although the teaching of the programme as a whole will have a global emphasis, studying in the three different countries will enable students to immerse themselves in three distinctive national film cultures.


Formative Assessment:
You will work in producer/writer/director teams towards the development of your graduation projects. Your work will be discussed in pitches and presentations during the trimester. The presentations and group workshops provide opportunities for ongoing formative feedback, and the work will be summatively assessed through the submission of a portfolio (LOs 1-6). This will contain written versions of verbally presented pitching materials together with a draft short film screenplay (15 pages approx.), a short film package (10 pages approx.) and a feature film proposal (10 pages approx.) at the end of the trimester. This portfolio will be a group submission for each writer-producer-director team.

In addition, an individual learning log (approx. 2,000 words) submission will enable you to reflect critically on your progress at each stage (LO 3).


Summative Assessment:
You will work in producer/writer/director teams towards the development of your graduation projects. Your work will be discussed in pitches and presentations during the trimester. The presentations and group workshops provide opportunities for ongoing formative feedback, and the work will be summatively assessed through the submission of a portfolio (LOs 1-6). This will contain written versions of verbally presented pitching materials together with a draft short film screenplay (15 pages approx.), a short film package (10 pages approx.) and a feature film proposal (10 pages approx.) at the end of the trimester. This portfolio will be a group submission for each writer-producer-director team.

In addition, an individual learning log (approx. 2,000 words) submission will enable you to reflect critically on your progress at each stage (LO 3).


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 2
Face To Face Seminar 24
Face To Face Supervised time in studio/workshop 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 150
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 70 1-6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Learning Log 30 3 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SCA11132 Graduation Project Development