Autumn, Term One
- Statement of Intent (20 credits)
- Major Project (60 credits)
Term One begins with the Statement of Intent, which is designed to prepare you for both the Dissertation and the Major Project. This will help you to position your work within the wider filmic environment.
This unit combines guest lectures and student-led seminars on your specific discipline or field of practice. You'll be encouraged to develop a strong dialogue within your groups and contribute shared and individual creative visions ahead of the Major Project.
Once the term is underway, you will begin the Major Project and undertake a Head of Department role, with a chosen specialism, on a fiction film of a prescribed length (max 30 minutes).
The Major Project provides an opportunity to sharpen your skills in one of six chosen specialisms (identified at application) on an ambitious production that spans the four terms of the course.
The specialism roles are:
- Production Designer
- Director of Photography
- Sound Mixer/ Designer
As a Head of Department, you will further develop team leadership skills, and balance individual and shared creative visions.
Spring, Term Two
- Major Project (continued)
- Dissertation (40 credits)
- Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
In Term Two, the Collaborative Unit offers students the opportunity to engage in a specific collaboration with a related course at UAL or external partner, or in the form of a work placement.
UAL collaborations could provide opportunities to:
- Work with LCC courses MA Documentary Film or MA Television in technical roles on documentary or television formats.
- Develop a funding and promotional strategy for the Major Project.
External collaborations could include:
- Site-specific experimental work, developed in conjunction with a gallery or public body.
- An agreed commission or campaign film for a charitable or commercial organisation.
- A work placement in the relevant discipline.
Summer, Term Three
- Major Project (pre-production proper and production)
- Secondary Roles (40 credits)
- Dissertation (40 credits)
In Term Three, you will also undertake two Secondary Roles on course productions. These roles will enable you to explore associated aspects of your specialism, enhance your skillset and learn what it takes to effectively support a Head of Department.
The Secondary Roles are:
- Production Manager
- Locations Manager
- Casting Director
- Assistant Director
- Set Dresser/Props
- Camera Assistant
- Script Supervisor
- Sound Recordist/Boom Operator
Autumn, Term Four
- Major Project (post)
- Dissertation (40 credits)
The Dissertation is a significant piece of research-based academic writing, designed to help students locate their work within the wider filmic environment.
Running throughout Terms Two and Three, with a submission in Term Four, the 10,000 word Dissertation encourages you to reflect on your current practice/s, identify trends in the professional sphere and explore the production process.
Learning and teaching methods
The course's outcomes are delivered through a mix of the following learning and teaching methods:
- Lectures introducing and exploring the theoretical and contextual aspects of the course and their applications to practice, delivered by LCC staff and external speakers.
- Seminars exploring and critically evaluating the concepts discussed in the lectures.
- Technical workshops from academic and technical staff introducing and/or developing skills in the equipment and processes of film production
- Individual and group tutorials, dealing both with the practical and conceptual issues relating to your major project, resolving any problems arising from the understanding of assignment briefs and helping to identify and remedy, at times through reference to appropriate LCC and UAL student and academic support services, any problems of studentship.
- Reflections on practice.
- Self-directed learning: independent study undertaken to research, write and prepare assignments and practical work and to extend knowledge and understanding.
- Presentations for which you receive peer and staff feedback.
- Mentorships with industry professionals specific to your specialism.
The course’s outcomes are assessed through:
- Practical work in film production.
- Reflective and analytical commentaries associated with film making.
- Contextual Studies related to the practical components of the course.
This course uses the following assessment strategies:
- Holistic: This unit is assessed holistically (100% of the unit). In holistic assessment you may be asked to submit one or more pieces of work, but your tutors will look at all your work for the unit and make a single judgement about 6 your performance against the University’s marking criteria. You will receive a single grade and a single feedback form. You will need to achieve a grade of Dor above to pass the unit.
- Element: The assessment for this unit is weighted. In element-based assessment, you must achieve at least an E grade in each element, and an aggregate grade of at least D- in the overall unit. Failure (F, or F-), or non-submission in any element defaults to Fail for the unit.
The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.
Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.
In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.