Module code: FVP2004

Module Overview

The module encourages a cinematic approach to develop the narrative and mood of film productions.  The students will advance their editing skills and expand their post production techniques to produce high quality drama.  At the core of the module is the opportunity to use professional film cameras and grip equipment, sound recording and lighting to turn ideas into high quality productions.  The module adopts professional set etiquette for location filming so students can work competently and safely in film sets.  

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

PRATT Susan (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 26

Independent Learning Hours: 112

Lecture Hours: 12

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

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

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Cinematography

  • Digital film cameras

  • Practical camera operations and terminology

  • Demonstration of a variety of grip equipment

  • Lighting basics

  • film genres

  • Production management

  • Safety in location and film shoots

  • Pace of the edit and conveying your message in the edit

  • Colour grading in an edit

  • Working on a film drama

  • Sound recording for film

  • Recording formats

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 1 - Cinematography and the edit 30
Coursework COURSEWORK 2 - Cinematography assignment 2 20
Coursework COURSEWORK 3 - CIinematography Project 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their technical skills and theoretical understanding of cinematography practice through the planning and execution a variety of projects

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework 1 – Cinematography and the edit projects will be set during the term

  • Coursework 2 – Cinematography assignment  2 will be set during the term

  • Coursework 3 – Cinematography project brings together all the skills developed in the module to produce a final filmed production including all production documentation and a short report.  Students will also assist on other students’ films and their contribution to the other project will be included in the final grade.

Formative assessment

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


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

Module aims

  • Develop technical and cinematography skills in professional digital film capture
  • Expand lighting techniques for film and television
  • Introduce professional use and operation of camera grip equipment
  • Apply editing principals and expand post production skills
  • Give experience of production planning and management
  • Introduce location filming roles on set and their responsibilities

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate skills and knowledge in camera operation KCP
002 Exhibit cinematic skills and techniques in final productions KCP
003 Demonstrate lighting technique KCP
004 Display editing techniques that echo the narrative and genre KCP
005 Complete location production and pre-production paperwork KC
006 Apply set etiquette in own productions and adopt professional skills to the production and crew roles KCP
007 Group work T
008 Leadership skills PT
009 Time management T
010 Person management T
011 Problem solving T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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 students individuals skills with cameras and lighting with industry professionals.


The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 11 two-hour lectures

  • 18 hour workshops given by teaching staff, visiting professionals or visits to industry

  • Guided reading and online resources

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.

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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 2019/0 academic year.