MP4001 - Media Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

Media Practice’ introduces you to core practical skills and issues in contemporary media production. As part of production teams, you will learn basic skills and guidance to write, research, plan, shoot, and edit a short (3-4 minute) documentary style film focussing on a person of your choice using industry-standard equipment. The film will tell an interesting and individual story about your subject, using narrative and character to engage the viewer. You will also complete a Production Health and Safety course and develop skills in pitching ideas to reflect industry requirements. Alongside your Group Production work, you will continue to develop an Individual Portfolio, based on your original Research, Proposal and Treatment documents.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through workshops, seminars, practical exercises and independent learning, both individually and in groups. Initially the bulk of the teaching will be in the form of workshops and seminars, giving you the opportunity to participate in discussion about the topics being taught. As technical skills are introduced and our industry-standard equipment is being demonstrated, you will also have hands-on access to try out equipment for yourself, giving you an insight into professional practice. This will be reinforced by independent study, written work, and practical exercises, carried out by you and resulting in feedback on your progress. As the module progresses, you will acquire the necessary skills to begin carrying out your own group video production, and at this stage the teaching emphasis will gradually change from practical workshops and assignments to group support and feedback as your group carries out its individual short production. In the final section of the module, once team productions are complete, you will then carry out a self-assessment exercise. Final assessment is via the submission of a group production portfolio of work, including the film, and an individual portfolio.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The electronic learning portal is a big source of support material throughout the module. This contains important documents pertaining to each stage of the production process, e.g. ‘How to…’ guides on completing proposals, scripts and treatments. The PowerPoint slides from each session will also be made available before each session. The module features a range of Teaching and Learning strategies that encompass workshops, seminars and tutorials. Support will also be available in the form of feedback from the tutor during taught sessions. Outside teaching hours, staff are available to offer advice and support via email and designated office hours.

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. The ability to demonstrate an understanding of media commissioning and pitching process and issues

2. The ability to carry out basic tasks of research, writing and scripting, as well as simple camera operation, sound recording and editing

3. The ability to develop a creative idea from initial concept through planning and writing to filming and completion of an appropriately structured, visually successful and engaging product

4. The ability to manage a project and work effectively as a team

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. The ability to demonstrate an understanding of media commissioning and pitching process and issues

2. The ability to carry out basic tasks of research, writing and scripting, as well as simple camera operation, sound recording and editing

3. The ability to develop a creative idea from initial concept through planning and writing to filming and completion of an appropriately structured, visually successful and engaging product

4. The ability to manage a project and work effectively as a team

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. The ability to demonstrate an understanding of media commissioning and pitching process and issues

2. The ability to carry out basic tasks of research, writing and scripting, as well as simple camera operation, sound recording and editing

3. The ability to develop a creative idea from initial concept through planning and writing to filming and completion of an appropriately structured, visually successful and engaging product

4. The ability to manage a project and work effectively as a team

How will I be assessed?

The final assessment will be split between:
• a group production portfolio, which includes your finished film and documents obtained and written during the production process.. 50% (LO 1-4)
• an individual portfolio outlining your work and progress through the module including a treatment, research report and self-assessment document. You will also assess the contribution of other members of your group. 50% (LO 1-4)
. On an on-going basis your tutors will give feedback on the exercises you conduct and give advice on your progress in producing the final film. Feedback will be provided both individually and within groups.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

“Media Practice’ introduces you to the world of short film making. You will receive instruction on camera operations and sound recording and video editing using our industry standard equipment and software.. You will progress in teams to work through the processes involved in producing a 3-4 minute documentary-style film about a person of your choice. You will learn how to research, plan, write, shoot and edit your film. Assessment is via the production of the film and a group portfolio as well as your individual portfolio outlining your work on the module and progress therein. ‘Media Practice’ gives you a variety of transferrable skill sets useful in a number of career paths.

Course info

UCAS Code P391

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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