MI7003 - Major Project

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What will I learn on this module?

This module gives you the opportunity to produce a significant piece of work, either individually or as a team of animators. This will usually take the form of a short film, or an equivalent piece of original work.

The work created in this module will be an important demonstration of your knowledge, ideas and skills, which will directly support your future employment opportunities.

The second aspect of this module is the critical reflection on the ideas, production and finished work. This written analysis is an individual project and will allow you to fully demonstrate your understanding of the design process and the cultural context of the work.

Building on your prior team working experience in Animation Production Methods MI7001 and Animation Research & Development MI7002 you will be supported and encouraged to work together on this project where appropriate.

This project will be directly informed by the ideas and experimentation in Experimental Animation 1 and 2, and the practical research and development carried out in the Animation Research & Development module.

The project in terms of ideas, design and proposed production methodology will be subject to consultation and approval with the module tutor.

How will I learn on this module?

There are two strands to your learning in this module. Firstly, there is the production of a significant piece of work, either individually or as a team of animators. This will usually take the form of a short film, or an equivalent piece of original work. Secondly, there is the Reflective Document, which is a critical reflection on the ideas, production and finished work.

This Reflective Document has two parts; the project documentation and the critical reflection.

The project documentation will cover all technical and creative aspects of the project, including all of the art and technical direction, production pipeline information, problem solving and technical innovations.

The Reflective Documentation will summarise the underlying research, themes and ideas of the work, and critically reflect upon the finished work. The document should also include the final script and treatments.
Tutor guided independent learning and self -independent learning, will follow the briefing.

You will be supported and facilitated by the module tutor and teaching team.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module briefs outline the indicative workload of a module with an indication of staff contact time and the appropriate use of design and ICT software for both the development and communication of the projects. This will include the extensive use of the e-learning portal and the use of blogs for you to document and communicate your research and design progress.

Email support is available throughout the module, especially during tutor guided independent learning and student independent learning periods when you are working alone. You can also make appointments to talk through your work with a member of staff.

The programme has a subscription to ‘Digital Tutors’, the design and technical software support facility, due to the specialist nature of the software that you are required to use. You will have access to this resource, both inside and outside the university, to help with any problem solving when designing. You will be encouraged to solve your own design and technical problems by searching for solutions in Digital Tutors.

The programme has a dedicated design studio, specialist hardware including high-end computers, rendering facilities, stop-motion rigs and a colour 3D printer. Plus industry standard software such as Maya, Houdini, Renderman, and Nuke.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Critically reflect on the conceptual, creative and technical aspects of the work produced.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. Plan, manage and produce a significant and original project.

3. Demonstrate innovation, collaboration and consensus in teamwork, to deliver a project to a professional standard.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. Evidence of critical engagement and reflection on real-world issues and a clear communication of this through the production of a professional and effective piece of work.

How will I be assessed?

You will critically engage with the production of the film and you will receive formative feedback during tutorials based on MLOs 1 and 4.

You will deliver a final piece of work which is of a professional standard that meets the design needs of the brief. This will be presented during the final presentation and you will receive formative feedback from staff. As noted in MLOs 2 and 3.

The finished project and the Reflective Document will be summatively assessed by staff, after the formal presentation, based on all the MLOs 1-4.

Summative feedback will be provided on the standard Faculty assessment template which records your achievement against the module learning outcomes and final grade.

Your work should be submitted via the eLearning Portal. On the module page in the eLearning Portal, there is a folder called ‘Assignment Submission’ you will find all the necessary links in this folder.





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Course info

Credits 60

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Arts

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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