Making Media - MSTU3000

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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This module draws upon concepts in Media Studies to inform an introduction to moving image production. The module explores various forms of screen culture - from cinema, to television, to content creation in the digital age. Basic technical skills in production and post-production are taught along with craft skills applicable to narrative and factual screen production. Through a combination of lectures, screenings, creative and technical workshops this module encourages critical reflection, independent thought, and dialogue between media theory and practice. Practical work is designed to trigger both conceptual and creative thinking as well as consideration of audience responses to moving images and visual narratives. The essay, a critical analysis of the finished film, is designed to encourage a dialogue between theory and practice.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Contact hours: 36
Total private study: 264 hours
Total study hours: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Creative Portfolio (65%)
Essay (35%): 1500 words

Indicative reading

Chion, M. (1994) Audio-vision: Sound on Screen, New York: Columbia University Press.
Kerry, S. & Stone, G. (2018) Introducing Media Practice: The Essential Guide. London: Sage.
Lumet, S. (1996) Making Movies, London: Bloomsbury.
Rees, A. (1999) A History of Experimental Film and Video. London: BFI.
Vernalis, C., Herzog, A., & Richardson, J. (2013) The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media. New York: Oxford University Press.
Wasko, J. (ed.). (2005) A Companion to Television, Malden: Blackwell.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will:
- Be able to effectively operate a digital video camera and edit the material filmed
- Have developed the aesthetic, conceptual and technical skills necessary to articulate their ideas audio-visually and in written form.
- Be able to conceive and plan a piece of creative work.
- Be able to demonstrate a safe and technically competent use of equipment.
- Gain an understanding of the historical, social and cultural context of filmic visual practices.
- Gain an understanding of their own creative processes through their engagement in one or more production practices.
- Have acquired skills and knowledge of aesthetic judgement.
- Have an understanding of the ways in which different social groups may relate to and interact with visual practices.

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