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Undergraduate Course: FTV 4B: Film Production (DESI10153)

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 Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThrough different workshops and assignments students develop the professional tools to lead in a creative role in the making of a short film. This course will allow students to pitch to produce their film project, which, if selected for production, will form the basis of a collaborative working experience for a team of film students working in various mutually beneficial creative roles. The course will help students to understand their strengths professionally, and therefore supports and enhances future career opportunities in the Film industry.
Course description Film Practice is highly collaborative and inter-disciplinary in nature and students can choose in which capacity they participate in the film-making process, in a leading creative role, such as directing, producing, editing, cinematography and sound.

Student projects will be selected from a range of criteria and a pitch based around:

The artistic merit of the project proposal

The professional quality of the project

Feasibility of the project in terms of time schedule and practical considerations

Collaborative nature of the project

In this course students collaborate as they create their individual portfolios of work. In the first semester students work on creating different individual short film assignments to develop their artistic vision and voice. In the second semester students collaborate in the making of a short film, taking on a variety of leading roles, such as director, producer, cinematographer, sound recordist, or editor. Here, students take leadership, whilst working collaboratively, of a creative aspect in the production of a documentary, fictional or experimental short film. Throughout this course students participate in key workshops to develop their creative vision for their projects.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Film productions can greatly vary in cost. The department will provide 10 film projects with required equipment and provides students with an opportunity to develop collaborations to participate in a leading creative role in the production of a short film. Additional production costs (such as special costumes, props, location hire, etc.) are to be met by the students.
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: 400 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 26, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, Fieldwork Hours 40, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 306 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative:

Students submit a portfolio containing their Semester 1 film assignments, each assignment should be between 2 to 3 minutes in length. This is accompanied by a written reflection on their work (500 words).


Students submit a portfolio (100%) containing the following two equally weighted components:

One or more completed short films. The total length of the film material will be agreed with the Course Organiser. The students need to have participated in a leading creative role on at least one short film.

A written reflective essay of 1500 words. The essay details the creative choices of the student with regards to their film portfolio and reflects on the student's research and role within the process of production.

Learning outcomes are equally weighted.
Feedback Regular verbal feedback will be given by peers and by the academic staff member in the seminars in semester one and two.

Written formative feedback will be given on LEARN within 15 working days after submission of formative assignments at the end of semester 1.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. RESEARCH: Conduct and document independent research that supports the production process and creative aspects of a film project through adequate professional preparation.
  2. RESOLVE: Contribute to the collective resolution of a short film project to high professional standards in terms of creative concept, storytelling devices, aesthetic vision and creative use of other filmic elements.
  3. REFLECT: Reflect on the creative choices made in the film portfolio and on the role within the process of production.
Reading List
A reading list is provided through LEARN.

Recommended reading includes:

Irving, D. (2010). Fundamentals of Film Directing. Jefferson: McFarland & Co.

Irving D. & Peter Rea (2015). Producing and Directing the Short Film. New York: Routledge.

Murch, W. (2001). In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing. W. Hollywood: Silman-James Press.

Travis, M. (2002) Directing Feature Films: The Creative Collaboration between Directors, Writers and Actors. Studio City: Michael Wiese Productions.

Ondaatje, M. (2008) The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film. Bloomsbury Publishing.

Storr, W. (2019) The Science of Storytelling. William Collins.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Creative vision

Problem solving skills


Management skills

Communicating ideas through different media

Working in a team
KeywordsFilm Practice
Course organiserMs Lili Sandelin
Course secretaryMr Aidan Cole
Tel: (0131 6)50 2306
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