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Undergraduate Course: Film and TV 2A: Exploring Film Language (DESI08132)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryStudents explore different aspects of filmmaking and cinematic language. Students film and edit different briefs and short video assignment to develop their knowledge of film conventions.
Course description Students conduct independent research into aspects of film production and film form and respond to different briefs and assignments which include among others, making short videos, taking pictures and analysing short films. The different assignments are presented in a course portfolio.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on the Film and Television Degree Programme in the School of Design.
Additional Costs Students can expect to make travel costs and costs related to filming such as buying USB sticks and Compact Flash Cards. Total costs should not exceed £ 30.00.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  17
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 6, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Portfolio consisting of short video assignments and a written reflection (1500 words).

Details of the video assignments will be provided on LEARN.
Feedback Students receive written formative feedback to submitted work at mid semester (week 6). Written feedback is given to summative hand-in.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Analyse and evaluate the creative and technical choices involved in filmmaking based on independent research.
  2. Respond to creative challenges involved in the practice of film making.
  3. Communicate ideas effectively to a variety of audiences.
Reading List
Katz, S. Film (1998). Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen. Michael Wiese Productions.
Murch, W. (2004). In the Blink of an Eye: A perspective on Film Editing. Silman-James Press.
Van Sijll, J. (2005). Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker must know. Michael Wiese Productions
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Understanding Cinematic Language
Technical Filmmaking skills
Independent Research
Responding creatively to assignments and briefs
Communication skills
KeywordsCinema,Film Production,Film Studies,Film Language
Course organiserMs Lili Sandelin
Course secretaryMr Aidan Cole
Tel: (0131 6)50 2306
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