MI5009 - Applied Media Production Skills

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What will I learn on this module?

This module follows on from MP4001 Media Practice. It enables you to build on prior production experience, by choosing a specific practical skill in the field of film and television production, developing this skill through independent research and practice, and applying it in a group production project. This mirrors industry practice, where individual professionals tend to specialise in a specific skill area; for example, production teams are usually made up of freelancers, hired for their specific expertise in a technical, editorial or production role – cameraperson, director, assistant producer, editor and so on. On this module, you research current professional practice in your chosen skill, working in a group to develop your own individual practical proficiency. You develop a Learning Journal containing both written and, if appropriate, video evidence of your progress. This forms the basis of an enhanced reflective commentary that is submitted digitally. A final production will form the basis of the final assessment. An indicative syllabus of weekly sessions is as follows:

1. Introduction: discussion and selection of individual skill areas
2. The role of the Learning Journal: goals and steps
3-5 Classes on specific skill areas, such as: camerawork and lighting; research and development; editing; directing; writing and presenting
6 Presentation of student research findings on current industry skills practice
7-11 Development of practical production teams and group/individual practical production work

How will I learn on this module?

The module is designed to encourage independent, self-directed learning, within a bounded structure. It is initially taught by weekly three-hour seminar classes. The module begins with reflective consideration of existing skills, and assists you in selecting a specific production skill area from around half a dozen given options, such as: Researcher, Production Manager, Director, Camera Operator, Sound Recordist and Editor. There are timetabled lectures that cover some of the key essential skill fundamentals, thus allowing you to make an informed choice about the production skill you intend to develop. At the mid-point of the module, you are expected to make a formative presentation on your progress, findings and goals achieved to that point, focussing on your research into contemporary industry practice. You begin to assemble an ePortfolio ‘learning journal’ documenting your findings. You are then supported in forming small groups to carry out team projects which enable you to further your skills in a team context. Beyond this point, formal classes are largely replaced by production meetings and tutorials enabling you to discuss your progress with the staff. At the end of the module, you submit your individual ePortfolios, including practical work, scrapbooks and a reflective critique of your progress along with reflection on how the group dynamic affected the final production.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Classes will involve group discussions with the tutor and fellow students, providing a constructive environment for the enhancement of knowledge and understanding of the subject, preparation for the assessment tasks, and the development of communication skills. Class material (such as Powerpoint slides, links to clips and discussion points) will be accessible via the e-Learning portal, along with supplementary learning material (which may include web links, suggestions for further viewing and reading). A list of key and further reading material will be available on the eLP, and an electronic reading list will link you directly to key sources, allowing you to access them anytime and anywhere. The module will also incorporate assessment preparation discussion, with advice on how to approach the ePortfolio task. Furthermore, the module tutor will offer set office hours for academic support

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:

• Draw upon an enhanced understanding of a specific skill area within current media production

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• Use skill developed with confidence and proficiency to an acceptable basic standard.

• Reflection upon the skill acquired and consideration of strategies for developing or strengthening it

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

• Demonstrate personal goals achieved and progress made in enhancing proficiency and expertise in a particular skill area.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment strategy for this module is to encourage you to develop a critically and practically informed understanding of a specific skill area, demonstrate it to an acceptable basic standard, and reflect upon the acquisition of it.

The summative assessment is a reflective commentary in ePortfolio form (Pebblepad) containing two main elements: a) evidence of your research into your chosen skill and your implementation of this research as verified in your contribution to the group production (such as: research notes, video material, test shoots, influences, a production diary etc.), and b) a written reflection (1500 words) outlining and evaluating your learning experience, including an assessment of the final production along with comments on your own and your peers contribution to the group dynamic. Feedback on the final ePortfolios will be given electronically, identifying strengths and weaknesses and offering suggestions on how you might continue developing your skills.

An additional formative assessment is an individual presentation at the mid-point of the module, offering reflection on your progress so far. You will receive verbal feedback from staff.

Pre-requisite(s)

none

Co-requisite(s)

none

Module abstract

This module follows on from MP4001. It enables you to build on prior production experience, by choosing a specific practical skill in the field of film and television production, developing this skill through independent research and practice, and applying it in a group production project. This mirrors industry practice, where individual professionals tend to specialise in a specific skill area; for example, production teams are usually made up of freelancers, hired for their specific expertise in a technical, editorial or production role – cameraperson, director, assistant producer, editor and so on. On this module, you research current professional practice in your chosen skill, working in a group to develop your own individual practical proficiency. You develop a Learning Journal containing both written and, if appropriate, video evidence of your progress. This forms the basis of an enhanced reflective commentary that is submitted digitally. The module is taught initially by weekly three-hour classes. When the focus moves from classes to practical production, there will be regular tutor production meetings to discuss progress, as well as opportunities for individual tutorials. The assessment task is an ePortfolio containing evidence of your research into your chosen skill, and reflection on your learning experience.

What will I learn on this module?

This module follows on from MP4001 Media Practice. It enables you to build on prior production experience, by choosing a specific practical skill in the field of film and television production, developing this skill through independent research and practice, and applying it in a group production project. This mirrors industry practice, where individual professionals tend to specialise in a specific skill area; for example, production teams are usually made up of freelancers, hired for their specific expertise in a technical, editorial or production role – cameraperson, director, assistant producer, editor and so on. On this module, you research current professional practice in your chosen skill, working in a group to develop your own individual practical proficiency. You develop a Learning Journal containing both written and, if appropriate, video evidence of your progress. This forms the basis of an enhanced reflective commentary that is submitted digitally. A final production will form the basis of the final assessment. An indicative syllabus of weekly sessions is as follows:

1. Introduction: discussion and selection of individual skill areas
2. The role of the Learning Journal: goals and steps
3-5 Classes on specific skill areas, such as: camerawork and lighting; research and development; editing; directing; writing and presenting
6 Presentation of student research findings on current industry skills practice
7-11 Development of practical production teams and group/individual practical production work

Course info

UCAS Code PP35

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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