Module code: FVP2004

Module Overview

This module will develop filming and lighting skills for digital film production. The module develops a professional approach to using industry standard equipment. These range from developing craft skills to understanding the camera technology and recording formats 

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

PRATT S Mrs (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W620

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Video fundamentals A (pre-requisite) Film Production (pre-requisite) Not available for exchange Students

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Cinematography and digital film cameras
Practical camera operations and terminology
Demonstrtion of a variety of grip equipment
Lighting basics
Lighting for genres
Location and studio-based shoots
Production management
Safety in location and film shoots
Power and lighting
Postproduction workflow
Working and etiquette on a film drama set
The role of the D.I.T (digital imaging technician)
Sound recording for film

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their technical skills and theoretical understanding of video in film and TV through the planning and execution a variety of project.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework 1 – (addresses learning outcomes 1-3).
Coursework 2 – (addresses learning outcomes 1 – 8)
Coursework 3 – (addresses learning outcomes 1 – 8)

Formative assessment

There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback will be given to individual students in tutorials and through practical workshops.


Students receive written feedback on their coursework and verbal feedback on their practical work throughout the module.

Module aims

  • Develop technical and operational abilities in professional digital film capture
  • Expand lighting techniques for film and television
  • Introduce professional use and operation of camera grip equipment
  • Give experience of production planning and management and the importance of sound recording
  • Further develop camera skills and data management for post production

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate skills and knowledge in camera operation KCP
002 Utilize the functions and technology of digital cinema camera KC
003 Light a variety of scenes illustrating different film genres KC
004 Evaluate recording formats for use in the post production process KCP
005 Examine the role of the digital imaging technician KCP
006 Compare and contrast the details of location, sound stage and studio-based shoots C
007 Demonstrate an awareness of safety and the typical power requirements for filming KP
008 Show production management C
009 Group work T
010 Leadership skills PT
011 Time management T
012 Person management T
013 Problem solving T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 18

Independent Study Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: further develop theory and practice in cinematography using both lectures and workshop sessions to develop the student’s individual skills with cameras and lighting with industry professionals.

The learning and teaching methods include:

One two-hour lecture per week (weeks 1 – 11)
Six three-hour workshops given by teaching staff and visiting professionals
Guided reading

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for CINEMATOGRAPHY :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Film and Video Production Technology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Film and Video Production Technology BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.