MI4004 - Professional Practice 1

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What will I learn on this module?

The professional media industry employs a wide range of standard tools, mechanisms, forms and regulatory procedures to make sure media productions run smoothly, safely, legally, ethically, on time, and under budget. Employers tell us that graduates who know and can apply these techniques- as well as demonstrate a cultural overview of their craft - are extremely valuable to them at entry level and can play a genuinely useful role in supporting real industry productions.

In this module, you will learn a range of basic production management techniques which will equip you to run all your student productions (as well as future professional productions) more successfully and you will be introduced to techniques of creative thinking, group working strategies, legal/ ethical considerations and risk assessment techniques. Tutors also devote time on this module to supporting and developing your academic and practical study skills that will underpin a successful completion of the Media Production programme, as well as provide you with an overview of the key social, historical and stylistic contexts of the film and television industry in order to gear you towards careers in a wide variety of media production sectors.

In essence the module considers what it is to become a filmmaker, in terms of not only practical considerations but also a cultural mindset which will allow you to enter into creative discussions with your professional peers and potential employers as a more fully rounded and informed practitioner.

How will I learn on this module?

Your module will be delivered through a combination of lecture and seminar programme, supported by individual tutorials. Your lectures will consist of two-hour slots which introduce you to key concepts of professional practice in an in-depth manner whilst hour long seminars will be structured to reflect the core issues and themes of the module.

Each seminar will contain a practical component which will necessitate your participation. These will include authentic role-play scenarios designed to place you within a regulatory, social or professional mindset whilst lecture materials, seminar guidelines and module information will all be placed for you upon the e-learning portal (ELP).

The assessment of your module is the preparation of a portolio whose centrepiece is a short group film production which will be delivered in groups. The preparation and successful delivery of this production is key to the assessment strategy of the module as you will be assessed on the professional pre-production and management of the project from development to delivery. Your portfolio will also include an overview of your personal development during the module and a series of SMART targets and actions to be continued into the following academic year.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Professional Practice 1 tackles the creative, cultural and professional foundations of what it means to be a media practitioner in a dynamic and ever changing industrial landscape. Whilst lectures will provide the theoretical and contextual knowledge necessary for your own professional development, seminars in semester one will explore regulatory and ethical issues through a series of challenging role-play scenarios whilst increasingly taking the form of group work surgeries during semester two to support the short film production.

Further one to one tutorials can be arranged also.

You will then receive written feedback on your final summative submissions which will detail areas that could be improved in future work. You will also be offered the opportunity to receive further verbal feedback following this formal assessment, so that they can follow up any concerns you have regarding your critical development and future learning.

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. Demonstrate personal competency in group working skills and team dynamics and develop your production management, organisational and safety skills during a live production

2. Demonstrate your contextual understanding of the ethical, legal and historical elements of the film and television industries.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the key principles and organisational skills underpinning safe production management, and ability to apply the key tools and mechanisms used in its practice.

4. Audit your own professional and employability skills and produce an action plan for your own personal development throughout the programme.

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

5. Demonstrate a sensitivity and awareness of legal and ethical considerations in the film and television industries especially in relationship to equality and diversity.

How will I be assessed?

You will receive formative assessment in the form of verbal feedback in seminars based on draft versions of your production documents. You will also have the opportunity to submit your learning journals for formative assessment and feedback at the stage where you have carried out initial self-evaluation and set goals for development. This will be provided in the form of tutorial feedback at the end of semester 1.

Feedback is verbal in seminar sessions and written at summative form. Following completion of the module, you will be able to have further verbal discussion about your progress with the module tutor at the resumption of level 5.

Your summative assessment is delivered in the form of a portfolio. This covers 100% of the marks for this module – addressing MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

The portfolio is divided into two sections:

Section 1 is the assessment of an individual portfolio.
During this module your group will be asked to make a 20-minute presentation of a film produced for the module and you will articulate your analysis of your own group success in managing the production. The assessment measures the module learning outcomes by requiring you to produce an individual portfolio of production paperwork for your group film and then to demonstrate this portfolio as a handout for the presentation – MLOs 1 & 3.

Staggered deadlines throughout the semester require different documents at different points to ensure you stay on track, missing deadlines costs marks, as a set number of documents are expected in the presentation. This section also incorporates a personal reflection upon the production process, legal and ethical consideration of the material and addresses MLOs 2 & 5. There is an element of peer assessment, within student groups, which tutors may use to adjust individual marks either up or down by a maximum of 10 marks. Attendance is also factored into this adjustment by an additional factor of 10.

Section 2 is the assessment of an individual learning journal in which you will document your personal development trajectory in study skills, group work and creative strategy, detailing your personal evaluation and key learning goals at the beginning of the module and your progress and key insights throughout, as well as a short reflective piece on your achievements to conclude - addressing MLOs 3 & 4.





Module abstract

Professional Practice 1 will provide you with a core understanding of how legal, ethical and regulatory issues underpin the professional process. You will learn how to prepare a production in terms of budgeting, scheduling and risk assessment as well as develop a contextual understanding of the film and television industries. In essence the module considers what it is to become a filmmaker, in terms of not only practical considerations, but also a cultural mind-set, which will allow you to enter into creative discussions with your professional peers and potential employers as a more fully rounded and informed practitioner.

Course info

UCAS Code P310

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 City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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