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MA (T) Film

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

MA (T) Film

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Arts

Programme Code

FLM-MA-FV

UCAS Code

JACS Code

W600 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject, or a 2.2 Honours degree where the applicant can demonstrate recent professional/exhibition experience in filmmaking, photography, or video arts, subject to portfolio submission and interview.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Arts, English and Languages

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Communication, media, film and cultural studies (2008)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Fiona Handyside

University of Exeter

Dr Jill Daniels

Uiversity of East London

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

N/A

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

Within the framework of the University's Mission Statement, Film Studies aspires to be a research-driven teaching unit with an international portfolio that harnesses strategic connections and promotes an educational environment of equality, tolerance and mutual respect. The teaching specialisms and research priorities in Film reflect both its responsiveness to regional needs, and its commitment to attaining global esteem. Within this context, this MA programme integrates the critical and practice-based study of film and visual culture, and aims to:

• Deliver an innovative, intellectually robust, and flexible curriculum, in accordance with relevant QAA Benchmark Statements, reflecting the diverse field of scholarship and production practices within Film Studies at Queen's. The curriculum is informed by the research interests of staff, as well as promoting new convergences between critical and creative practice in the areas of film and visual studies

Facilitate the study of film and visual culture through an integrated balance of practice and theory whereby practical-based modules are placed within a critical, interrogative framework and where theory-based modules can inform creative practice

Attract students from regional, national and international environments through an appropriate range of entry routes, and to provide them with the best possible learning and teaching experience

Provide all students with the widest possible opportunity to pursue and extend their knowledge and understanding of film and visual culture through a variety of learning methods

Enable students to develop advanced critical, analytical and technical skills, as well as their creative potential; to improve their self-confidence, powers of concentration, understanding of group dynamics, and communication skills through a variety of oral, written, visual and practice-based media

Introduce new areas of teaching and implement innovative pedagogical techniques and technologies in response to advances in scholarship, technology, and educational research, student feedback, as well as the interests and aptitudes of staff members

Provide a supportive and stimulating learning environment that enables learners with a variety of entrance qualifications to fulfil their potential and develop their capacity for motivated independent learning

Provide appropriate learning resources, including suitable production facilities and to supplement library provision by effectively utilising modes of online learning

Foster mutually beneficial partnerships with the film industry and training programmes to facilitate applied learning

Enrich students' learning experience by exploring possible interdisciplinary linkages /collaborations with other subject areas within the School

Embed a diverse range of generic and transferable skills in our pathways, and thus prepare students for a variety of academic and professional careers

Provide a range of opportunities to apply theory in the context of screen and lens-based production

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a keen critical awareness of the main research methods used to collect and analyse data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Specific teaching methods include tutor-led, student-led, self-directed study; resource-based learning, including library work and attendance at screenings, workshops, and research seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Key assessment methods focus on project work and essays submitted to a deadline.

Understand the relations between practice and theory in the discipline

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutor and self-directed study, tutorial/workshop discussion, resource-based learning, attendance at post-screening discussions, meetings with industry professionals/industry workshops

Methods of Assessment

Individual and group tutorial presentations, learning journals, reflective essays

Analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse and their effects on representation in the arts, media and public life

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Specific teaching methods include tutor-led, student-led, self-directed study

Methods of Assessment

Individual interviews and essays, written assignments and exercises

Think reflexively and independently

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Classroom discussion and online interactions

Methods of Assessment

Edited commentaries on learning journals

Understand group dynamics and implement them in practical contexts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group work in film production and classroom presentations

Methods of Assessment

Assessed group presentations and films/visual works

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate critical, analytical skills in film practice and criticism

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Specific teaching methods include tutor-led, student-led, self-directed study; resource-based learning, including library and production studio work and attendance at screenings and relevant public events; on-line teaching methods.

Methods of Assessment

Key assessment methods include practice-based projects and essays and exercises submitted to a deadline and a dissertation.

Demonstrate creative and imaginative skills as shown through the realisation of practical projects

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Resource-based learning, including library work and attendance at screenings

Methods of Assessment

Continuously assessed individual and group presentations

Communicate in a variety of oral, written and visual media

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online teaching methods

Methods of Assessment

Summative group presentations

Develop ideas and construct arguments and present them in appropriate ways

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops and production meetings/filming

Methods of Assessment

Individual presentations

Handle creative, personal and interpersonal issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group work in filmmaking and classroom presentations

Methods of Assessment

Participation and engagement

Negotiate and pursue goals with others

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group work in filmmaking and classroom presentations

Methods of Assessment

Assessed group presentations and film productions

Manage personal workloads and meet deadlines

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Assigned essays, exercises and presentations with hard deadlines

Methods of Assessment

Assigned essays, exercises and presentations with deadlines

Produce written work with appropriate conventions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Essays marked for grammar, presentation, and content

Methods of Assessment

Essays submitted to a deadline

Demonstrate information retrieval skills, involving the ability to gather, sift, synthesise and organise material independently and critically evaluate its significance

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Assigned essays and presentations

Methods of Assessment

Assigned essays and presentations

Demonstrate information technology skills such as word processing, electronic mail, and accessing electronic data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Assigned essays and presentations, communication with lecturer and other students

Methods of Assessment

Assigned essays and presentations

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of film theory and practice; historical and contemporary contexts of production, exhibition, and critical reception of the cinema

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

This is an integrated programme, with a close inter-relationship between theory and practice. The statement of teaching and assessment methods indicates a broad correlation with different learning outcomes, but there is necessary overlap between different areas of learning.

Methods of Assessment

Essays/exercises submitted to a deadline

Demonstrate an understanding of how to analyse and discuss the conventions and practices involved in producing a short film

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Attendance at screenings and workshops

Methods of Assessment

Individual Interviews and marked essays

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of contemporary technologies and their relationship to film and media arts production and scholarship.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Resource-based learning, including library work, DVD and other recordings and online resources

Methods of Assessment

Individual presentations and marked essays

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a high level of specific skills including the reading, analysis, documenting and/or interpreting of film images; a wide range of processes in the creation of original work.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Specific teaching methods include tutor-led, student-led, self-directed study.

Methods of Assessment

Key assessment methods focus on project work and essays submitted to a deadline.

Demonstrate a wide knowledge and understanding of regional, national and world film production and the cultures and societies from which these practices have arisen, including an understanding of: the histories, forms and traditions of cinema and theoretical explanations of those histories; historical and contemporary contexts of production, circulation and reception of film; the work of key practitioners and theorists; traditional and contemporary critical perspectives on film; and a developed understanding of the processes by which cinema is created, realised and managed informed by practical experience.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Essays submitted to a deadline

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of contemporary technologies and their relationship to film, and media arts, scholarship.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Resource-based learning, including library work, DVD and other recordings

Methods of Assessment

Individual presentations and marked essays

Demonstrate an understanding of how to analyse and discuss the conventions and practices involved in producing different forms and genres of film

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Attendance at screenings, and seminars/workshops

Methods of Assessment

Individual Interviews and marked essays

Demonstrate a high level of specific skills including advanced audio-visual literacy, modes of film production, reception, and criticism

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutor-led, student-led, self-directed study

Methods of Assessment

Individual and group assessments, exercises, and presentations

Understand, evaluate, document and/or interpret

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online teaching methods

Methods of Assessment

Practice-based exercises, assignments/exercises

Demonstrate the film production skills necessary to communicate to/with an audience

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops and screenings

Methods of Assessment

Participation and engagement

Participate in processes in the creation of original work

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Contact with industry professionals in all relevant specialisms (eg editors, camera operators, directors, screenwriters, critics)

Methods of Assessment

Edited commentaries on learning logs

Understand the interplay between the filmmaker’s conscious and subconscious resources in the realisation of a film production

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminar discussion and industry workshops

Methods of Assessment

Contributions to learning logs and online forums; assessed essays

Understand production and postproduction filmmaking processes and forms (eg. studio-based, location, documentary, fictional, etc.).

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops and screenings

Methods of Assessment

Assessed group/individual production work

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Cinema and History

FLM7004

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Dissertation

FLM7005

7

60

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Screenwriting

FLM7010

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Film Practice

FLM7008

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Film Industries and Digital Cultures

FLM7013

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Political Cinema: Conflict and Form

FLM7012

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Research Methods in the Creative Arts

SCA7005

7

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Key Debates in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

AHS7001

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Censorship, Regulation and Audiences

FLM7017

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Notes

Students are required to pass taught modules equivalent to 120 CATS points before proceeding to the Dissertation. Students who fail one or more taught modules are permitted one further attempt to pass the module at the next available opportunity for a maximum mark of 50%.

Two copies of the Dissertation must be submitted by 15 September for full-time students or 1 May (of their third year) following completion of taught modules for part-time students.

Students will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Film and Visual Studies if they fail to achieve a mark of at least 50% in the Dissertation or do not submit a Dissertation.