Genre Filmmaking - FILM6310

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 30 (15) Lawrence Jackson checkmark-circle


The key themes of this module are contextualising the work of students by gaining a historical overview of genre filmmaking, and guiding students towards making a short film within the parameters of a chosen genre(s). From seminars and a series of instruction sessions in camera, sound and editing, students will develop, shoot and edit in groups an original short fiction film idea in a genre chosen from or combining, but not exclusive to, the following: crime, musical, horror, melodrama, western, science fiction, road movie, romantic comedy. This idea will be brought to fruition in a series of seminars designed to develop students' creative potential, alongside screenings of relevant genre films. Secondly, students will be asked to write an essay in which they analyse a feature film in a chosen genre and relate it to their own project idea.


Contact hours

Private Study: 267
Contact Hours: 33
Total: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Creative Portfolio: 65%
Essay (2,000 words): 35%

Reassessment methods:
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Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

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

1 Draw upon and bring together ideas, both theoretical and practical, from different sources of film genre knowledge and from previous UG film practice modules.
2 Produce work showing an understanding of the operational skills of moving image and sound production.
3 Initiate, develop and realise distinctive and creative work within various forms to reflect upon genre in relation to moving images and sound.
4 Produce work which demonstrates a systematic understanding of, and an ability to critically evaluate, relevant theoretical debates students have studied within the programme as a whole.

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

1 Formulate appropriate research questions and employ appropriate methods and resources for exploring those questions.
2 Work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, including time management, as well as self-direction and the ability to reflect on one's own practice.
3 Communicate effectively using a variety of methods.
4 Manage time, personnel and resources effectively, by drawing on planning and organisational skills.
5 Critically reflect upon their own work.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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