Module code: FVP3001

Module Overview

This module is intended to develop understanding and awareness of colour science as applied to video signals in the film and broadcast industries.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

HAIGH Alan (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 12

Independent Learning Hours: 102

Lecture Hours: 24

Seminar Hours: 10

Captured Content: 2

Module Availability

Year long

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Comparison of camera RAW and log formats,

  • Post production digital pipelines

  • The digital intermediate

  • File formats for distribution and mastering

  • Digital Cinema Mastering

  • Film outputs and LUTs

  • Colour space conversion and out of gamut colours

  • Gamma and dynamic range

  • Colour grading

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Coursework 30
Examination Exam - 2 hours 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their technical skills and theoretical understanding of colour workflow in acquisition and post production.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework

  • Exam - 2 hours

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 seminar and practical workshops.


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

Module aims

  • explore the current industry practice of colour management and workflow for motion picture films and high end television
  • examine colour spaces and colour conversion
  • explore gamma and bit depths for digital cinema and HDR television
  • further develop understanding of colour, gamma, file formats and deliverables in colour grading and mastering

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Discuss common workflow and pipelines in film post production KCP
002 Show an understanding of camera, television and cinema colour spaces KCP
003 Discuss gamma and dynamic range in acquisition and colour KCP
004 Explain the conversion and delivery of common deliverables for cinema and high end television KCP

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 film and broadcast technology, using both lectures and workshop sessions


The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Twelve two-hour lectures

  • Workshops on colour grading

  • 10 hours of seminars

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
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Film Production and Broadcast Engineering BEng (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A 50% weighted aggregate with one or more units of assessments having to be passed at 50% 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 2023/4 academic year.