Core Module Information
Module title: Masters Thesis

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

Module code: SCA11139
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:

Through seminars, supervisions and individual study, you will critically assess and fine-tune your academic research and writing skills. Screenings, guest speakers and lectures will continue to explore key themes in film criticism and in international cinema. These will, where possible, be geared to the individual subjects being investigated in your theses.

You will also read, view and discuss the work of the thinkers and film-makers that are key to your thesis in greater depth. You will synthesise the insights you gain through this research in the completion of your written work.

Supervisions will take place both for the short and feature project, as a whole in teams, and for individual specialists in their chosen disciplines. This will support you collaboratively and autonomously as you prepare your feature project packages and post produce your short film. Supervisions will focus on financial packaging, script editing, pre-visualisation, workflows, talent attachment, cutting room visits, colour grading and sound post to enable you to exercise appropriate judgement in the execution of your work to a professional standard.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Synthesise the preliminary research and arguments you have made into your chosen film-related subject.
LO2: Critically engage with these arguments in the context of associated writings and your continued development as a practitioner.
LO3: Draw conclusions in the completion of your written thesis in the light of these contexts.
LO4: Exercise appropriate creative, technical and project management judgement in your chosen specialism and at a professional level in the production of your practical work.
LO5: Evaluate the relationship between screen ideas and their practical realisation.
LO6: Produce an effective collaboration with cast, crew and other team members.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: James Mavor
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 lectures and supervisions in which you engage in a critical dialogue with the subject of your thesis (LO 2,3), to draw conclusions from your research dossier and thesis plan, and evaluate its relationship to the development of your practice in your short film postproduction and feature film preparation work. Tutorials will enable you continually to critically assess your work as you draft and finally complete your writing (LO 1-3).

There will also be a series of team and individual supervisions and tutorials that will support you as you plan your feature film materials and post produce your short film (LO 4, 6). These will examine the impact of issues such as script editing, finance plans, visualisation, workflows, approaching talent, rough, fine and final cutting, colour grading, sound design and mixing. They will also enable you to debate and justify your ongoing critical reflection (LO5).


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, based on personal critical research into current and emerging professional-level practices in your specialism, during your first semester on the programme. 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 national 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:
By continuing your studies of key films and thinkers, you will further investigate the subject of your research dossier (LO 1, 2). At the end of the trimester you will submit a fully realised critical written work (LO 3).

You will compile and submit a portfolio (LO 4-6). This will consist firstly of a group submission: A completed feature film package and final, fully post-produced version of the short film project.

Secondly, an individual submission that comprehensively evidence the preparatory and production work you have done in your contribution to the feature film package and the post production of the short, and any associated outputs. This will include, for instance, visual, factual and technical research, scripts, outlines, budgets, schedules, production paperwork, technical paperwork, workflow plans, storyboards, camera plans, recce materials, locations and casting materials, meeting notes, logistical emails and other communications. The portfolio is expected to be the size of a large lever arch, or box file in size, 81 x 245 x 340mm.


Summative Assessment:
By continuing your studies of key films and thinkers, you will further investigate the subject of your research dossier (LO 1, 2). At the end of the trimester you will submit a fully realised critical written work (LO 3).

You will compile and submit a portfolio (LO 4-6). This will consist firstly of a group submission: A completed feature film package and final, fully post-produced version of the short film project.

Secondly, an individual submission that comprehensively evidence the preparatory and production work you have done in your contribution to the feature film package and the post production of the short, and any associated outputs. This will include, for instance, visual, factual and technical research, scripts, outlines, budgets, schedules, production paperwork, technical paperwork, workflow plans, storyboards, camera plans, recce materials, locations and casting materials, meeting notes, logistical emails and other communications. The portfolio is expected to be the size of a large lever arch, or box file in size, 81 x 245 x 340mm.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 6
Face To Face Seminar 12
Face To Face Tutorial 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 546
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Final Year Project 25 1-3 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 10000
Portfolio 25 2,3 & 5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 50 4-6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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