Introduction to Filmmaking - FILM3080

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 30 (15) Kaveh Abbasian checkmark-circle


Introduction to Filmmaking draws upon concepts in Film Studies to inform an introduction to moving image production that focuses on the exploration of cinematic language. Basic technical skills in DV production and post-production are taught along with craft skills applicable to both narrative and experimental screen production. Through a combination of lectures, screenings, creative and technical workshops, and peer reviews of work in progress, this module encourages experimentation, critical reflection, independent thought, and dialogue between theory and practice. Effective group work is integral to the success of student work on this module. Practical work is designed to trigger both conceptual and creative thinking as well as consideration of audience responses to cinematic language. The essay, a critical analysis of the finished film, is designed to encourage a dialogue between theory and practice.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 36
Private study hours: 264
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Essay (1,500 words) (35%)
Creative Portfolio (65%).

Reassessment methods:
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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 have received an induction in the skills and techniques of shooting digitally and will have completed an introduction to DV non-linear editing;
2 develop the aesthetic, conceptual and technical skills necessary to articulate their ideas audio-visually and in written form;
3 conceive and plan a piece of creative work;
4 demonstrate a safe and technically competent use of equipment;
5 gain an understanding of the historical, social and cultural context of filmic visual practices.
6 gain an understanding of their own creative processes through their engagement in one or more production practices;
7 acquire skills and knowledge of aesthetic judgement;
8 have an understanding of the ways in which different social groups may relate to and interact with filmic visual practices.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 demonstrate the ability to work in an independent situation and context;
2 understand the ways in which people engage with filmic visual practices and infer meaning from them;
3 formulate appropriate research questions and employ appropriate methods and resources for exploring those questions;
4 demonstrate through their practical and written work both conceptual and practical understanding of key aspects of cinematic language;
5 work effectively in a group;
6 develop an understanding of the relationship between practice and theory;
7 engage in the critical analysis of work with peers;
8 reflect, in the form of an essay, upon finished work in a critical and analytical manner revealing insight and understanding in relation to the theoretical, conceptual and stylistic aspects of the final assessed video project


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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