Dissertation (Filmmaking) - FILM8990

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Year 7 60 (30) Shona Illingworth checkmark-circle


The Dissertation (Filmmaking) is designed to develop each student's creative voice as a writer/director of fact and/or fiction film, their ability to contextualise and analyse their own creative practice and their ability to contribute constructively to films directed by others. Throughout their studies on the MA Film with Practice, students will have developed their own film idea in relation to solid research strategies and advanced knowledge of Film Studies as well as developing the technical and production management skills required to realise their creative practice. Under the supervision of an appropriate member of staff, students will then complete pre-production and production of their own film and the associated critical analysis. By also contributing to the realisation of fellow students’ films and by taking up roles such as researcher, producer, costume designer, sound engineer or editor, students will graduate with a range of skills that can be applied to future professional work or post-graduate practice-led research projects.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 6
Private Study Hours: 554
Total Study Hours: 600

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods (both compulsory ie each must be passed)

Short Film (7-15 minutes) – 70%
Critical Analysis (3,000 words) – 30%

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 Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge by realising distinctive creative work in digital film that demonstrates sophisticated use of sound and image and that, where appropriate, experiments with forms, conventions, techniques and practices;
2 Produce work showing capability in operational aspects of digital film production technologies, techniques and, where appropriate, professional practices;
3 Deal with complex film practice issues both systematically and creatively, making sound judgements in the management of time, personnel and resources by drawing on planning, organisational, project-management and leadership skills;
4 Demonstrate a conceptual understanding that enables them to produce creative and written work that demonstrates an understanding of film forms and structures, audiences and specific communication registers;
5 Produce work that is informed by, and contextualised within, relevant theoretical issues and debates;
6 Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of, the historical evolution of particular film genres, aesthetic traditions and forms, and generate new insights into their current characteristics and possible future developments.

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

1 Demonstrate initiative, personal responsibility and sound decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations;
2 Deliver work to a given length, format and deadline, properly referencing sources and ideas and making use, as appropriate, of a problem-solving approach;
3 Demonstrate independent learning ability required for continuing professional development;
4 Communicate clearly to specialist and non-specialist groups, showing abilities at different times to listen, contribute and lead effectively;
5 Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively; gather, organise and deploy ideas and information in order to develop ideas effectively, express them effectively in written and creative forms and demonstrate flexibility and reflexivity;
6 Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding and to develop new skills to a high level as well as put to use a range of information communication technology (ICT) skills and proficiencies in audio-visual production technologies that can be applied beyond filmmaking.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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