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Undergraduate Course: FTV 4C: Professional Practice in Filmmaking (DESI10151)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryWithin the film industry there are different stages in which filmmakers need to present themselves and their work to industry professionals, such as funders or potential employers. This course supports students in preparation for these future scenarios in addition to supporting students to identify paths towards future employment or career opportunities. Students will also be able to work on the professional presentation of their individual digital profiles and develop strategies for improving their employability prospects beyond ECA.
Course description In a competitive industry, filmmakers must be prepared to present themselves and their ideas effectively and professionally. This course aims to identify the individual strengths of each student to help them map out potential career steps beyond higher education.

Students can expect to complete a series of assignments relevant to this learning. These will, for example, cover developing a digital profile, devising a professional CV, honing personal presentation skills and learning to communicate ideas effectively in a professional arena to maximum effect.

The course is delivered through a series of seminars, workshops, lectures and group tutorials, where peer-to-peer learning and feedback is actively encouraged.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  24
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 14, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 18, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, 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) 100% coursework.

Formative submission

Students will submit a Pitch, draft professional documents (including a CV) and an essay outline for formative submission at the end of semester 1.

Summative submission

Further to Formative assessment, students will be given time to develop and enhance their work before submitting the following components of assessment for summative assessment:

Industry formatted CV

Industry-appropriate pitch

A career plan in the form of an essay that details and schedules activities following graduation (1500 words)

Each component is equally weighted and assessed against the following:

Industry formatted CV - assessed against LO1

Industry-appropriate pitch - assessed against LO2

A career plan - assessed against LO3
Feedback Students can expect to discuss assignments in class at regular intervals and receive verbal feedback.

For formative assessment students need to submit a draft of the Components of Assessment and will receive written feedback within 15 days.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Communicate in a professional manner across various industry platforms such as a CV and online content.
  2. Develop and present a professional pitch and market themselves and their work.
  3. Devise and produce a viable and detailed indicative career plan to support future entry into the film industry.
Reading List
Gore, C. (2009). Chris Gore's ultimate film festival survival guide : The essential companion for filmmakers and festival-goers (Fourth ed.). New York: Watson-Guptill Publications.

Ascher, S., Pincus, E., Keller, C., Brun, R., Spagna, T., McCarthy, S., & Leitner, D. (2012). The filmmaker's handbook : A comprehensive guide for the digital age (Fourth edition / completely revised and updated by Steven Ascher, with contributions by David Leitner.. ed.).

New York, New York: Plume.

Quinn, E., & Counihan, J. (2006). The pitch. London: Faber and Faber.

Ryan, M. (2017). Producer to producer : A step-by-step guide to low-budget independent film producing (Second ed.). Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Communication; collaboration; self-reflection; critical analysis of industry requirements; planning marketing; strategies.
KeywordsFilm Practice
Course organiserMs Tracey Fearnehough
Course secretaryMr Aidan Cole
Tel: (0131 6)50 2306
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