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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to a Film Set (DESI08135)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is NOT running in 22/23. Throughout this course students work on SCQF level 10/11 productions in a variety of minor roles. This practice-based experience is supported by general lectures on the functioning of a film set (whether this be fiction, documentary or experimental) and the tasks and responsibilities of different crew members. The senior film productions aim at a high level of professionalism and often participate later on in local and international film festivals. As such, the course offers students an opportunity to practice their skills and knowledge in a highly professional working environment.
Course description This course is an introduction to working on a film set (whether this be fiction, documentary or experimental) and students participate in senior productions in minor roles, such as runners, production assistants, art department assistants etc. At the beginning of the course, the senior students pitch their projects to all participating students who can subsequently express their interest for specific projects. Students are expected to work on a variety of projects, gathering on-set experience in different film projects and roles. The course supports students in preparing for the film productions they work on, through a variety of lectures, assignments and group tutorials. The course explores through lectures and seminars how to work as part of a filmmaking team, how to communicate across disciplines, and how to analyse a script or treatment from the perspective of different departments. Students also explore and research the different considerations required in their specific departmental roles and how their work impacts other departments.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is NOT running in 22/23.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Use a variety of professional, technical and creative skills involved in the production of a short film.
  2. Analyze and evaluate the complex creative and technical choices and the function of the different film departments in the production of a film.
  3. Respond to the challenges posed by the practice of making a film in limited time.
  4. Communicate effectively in a professional and multi-disciplinary environment.
Reading List
Travis, M. (2002). Directing Feature Films. Michael Wiese Productions
P.Rea and D. Irving (2015). Producing and directing the short film and video. Focal Press
Grove, E. (2014). Rain dance Producers Lab Lo-To-No-Budget Filmmaking. Focal Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Communication skills
Ability to collaborate in an inter-disciplinary team.
Professional approach to projects
Time management and planning
Creative contribution to projects
KeywordsCinema,Film Production,Communication Studies,Artistic Practice
Course organiserMs Tracey Fearnehough
Course secretaryMrs Gill Lowther
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