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					UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON

COURSE GUIDE 2011
BA (HONS) Video and Film Production


CONTENTS

About this guide

Welcome

Attendance

The Wolverhampton Graduate

Academic Regulations

University Academic Calendar 2011/12

About the Course

Course information

Course Structure

Course Management

Staff Involved with the Programme

Where to Get Help with your Course

Employability & Your Personal Development Portfolio (PDP)

Health and Safety Issues

Career Opportunities and Future Study

Professional Placement

School Charter for Students

Academic Misconduct

Ethics

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Learning, Teaching & Assessment

Module Descriptions

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About this guide

This Guide will help you plan your course:

       BA (Hons) Video and Film Production


An optional placement year is available for this course on successful completion of level five.

It tells you which modules you must study and pass, and lists the optional ones which contribute to
your award. The Guide also offers you brief descriptions of each module, including general information
about assessment tasks, and an overview of how the Course can be used for future career choices.

You should read this Course Guide in conjunction with the Undergraduate Student Handbook; the
University’s Principles and Regulations; and, if you are studying a Joint award, the Course Guide of
the subject that forms the other part of your named award. Together these documents should provide
you with all the basic information that we think you will need for your period of study here.

You are encouraged to read this Guide through now. It will be a considerable advantage to you to be
familiar from the outset with the various aspects of your studies that are described. It may be that the
relevance of some of the sections will not be immediately obvious. Keep it somewhere accessible, so
that you can refer to it as needed. The answers to many of the questions that you will want to ask are
contained in it.

Obviously even in a document like this we have not covered every query and problem that you might
have about the course. If you find that there is something you need to know, please do not hesitate to
approach Tracy McCoy (Course Leader). You can also consult the University’s Student Services
Gateway as appropriate. We are pleased to hear your views and welcome suggestions for ways of
improving the operation of the Course.


  Please enter the contact details for       -----------------------------------------------------
  your Personal Tutor for your future        The name of your Personal Tutor will be given to you
  reference:                                 at the beginning of your course and can be checked
                                             via e:Vision

                                             MK501, 01902 322427
  Your local Academic School Office is:
                                             Monday to Friday 9.00 – 5.00pm


  Your Student Office (HERE 2 HELP)          ML058
  is:                                        01902 323602


Please note that in order to develop and improve the Course, it may be necessary on occasions to
amend or revise the details given in this Guide to Your Course.




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Welcome

On behalf of the Course Management Team I should like to extend to you a very warm welcome and
we would like to take this opportunity to wish you every success in your studies at the University of
Wolverhampton, and trust that your time at the University of Wolverhampton will prove to be enjoyable,
stimulating and rewarding.

This Course Guide will provide information on:

               BA (Hons) Video and Film Production


The courses within the Digital Media division are among many run by the School of Art and Design
which has itself established an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses, for an innovative
approach to teaching and learning, and for the friendliness of its staff.

We believe it is important that you are encouraged to make your own contribution to the effective
operation and development of your chosen course. We are, therefore, keen to hear your views and
would welcome any suggestions that you may have about ways of improving any aspect of your
course and/or the student experience here at the University. In practice, you will have the opportunity
to do this through our student voice processes.

Remember that the outcome of your studies could affect the whole of your future career and therefore
study should certainly be your first priority. In resolving to work hard however, do not forget to have
time for recreation and social activities. Do take full advantage of the University facilities at your
disposal.

Ross Winning
Digital Media Divisional Leader




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Attendance
The University recognises that you have made a significant investment in both time and money in
choosing to study for an undergraduate degree. Staff are committed to helping you fulfil your potential.
Your attendance at, and participation, in classes is a key factor in ensuring that you do so.

Attendance will help you to:
     Understand the subject area you are studying;
     Acquire and develop the skills and knowledge needed to enable success;
     Prepare for and undertake assessments;
     Learn from and with your fellow students;
     Receive feedback from teaching;
     Participate in practical and group work;
     Develop your communication skills.

If you are unable to attend a class please let your tutor know that you are unable to do so. He/she will
then be able to give you advice on what was covered in the class, and what you need to do to catch
up. Please do remember how important attendance is to your success. The University considers this
to be so important that it reserves the right to review the position of students who fail to attend.


The Wolverhampton Graduate
By the end of your course, the university expects you to be a Wolverhampton Graduate who is
knowledgeable and enterprising, digitally literate and a global citizen.

Digitally Literate
Our graduates will be confident users of advanced technologies; they will lead others, challenging
convention by exploiting the rich sources of connectivity digital working allows.

Knowledgeable and Enterprising
Our graduates will know how to critique, analyse and then apply knowledge they acquire in an
enterprising way.

Global citizens
Our graduates will bring informed understanding of their place and ethical responsibilities in the world.

Further information can be found on the University student webpage for Graduate Attributes.

Academic Regulations
This course adheres to the University’s academic regulations for students undertaking an
undergraduate degree. A full version of these regulations can be found on the University web page for
Policies and Regulations. These regulations govern your course and will be binding on you. It is,
therefore, important that you read and become familiar with them.

University Academic Calendar 2011/12
Academic Calendar:         http://www.wlv.ac.uk/default.aspx?page=6897

Module Timetable:          http://www3.wlv.ac.uk/timetable/




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Video and Film Production

About the Course

BA (Hons) Video and Film Production and its associated routes may be studied as a Specialist subject
and this Guide outlines the modules which are available, teaching and learning styles and assessment
tasks. If there is anything you need to discuss further, please contact Tracy McCoy, Course Leader.

Course Information
This course provides a range of experiences in the scope, practices and demands of video and film
production which will prepare you for employment in the media industries or in other industries where
media play a part.

Due to the rapidly changing technologies and culture of video and film, the course promotes an
awareness of the need for adaptation and change, and emphasises the experimentation, authorship
and leadership that engenders innovation in “content”. It encourages the expression of self and group
identities, and an awareness of global film cultures.

On completion of the course,

1. You will be a video/film-maker who may have chosen to develop a specialism in one or more areas
   of production, such as directing, producing, editing, camera, sound
2. You will have worked on a range of film/programme types, including documentary, drama, social
   action and commercial productions
3. You will have abilities in analysis of media texts, skills in project management and effective
   methods of working with other people and organisations

The emphasis on the management of complex productions, and the importance of effective working
with others, will provide you with a powerful set of skills which will enhance your employability in any
field.

Blended learning

1.    Access to a digital copy of all lecturer-produced course documents. e.g. module guides,
      assessment briefs, presentations, handouts, reading lists:
      All modules will provide these materials, either via a module WOLF Topic or via PebblePad.

2.    Formative assessment/s opportunities on line with meaningful electronic assessment feedback:
      Most modules will provide such opportunities, typically by requiring students to maintain a
      developing online record of their practical work, which will then receive formative feedback from
      tutors and peer feedback from fellow students.

3.    Opportunities to collaborate on line with others in their learning cohort:
      Much of the Video & Film Production course involves collaborative working, as students
      collaborate in their practical film making tasks. Where appropriate, elements of this collaboration
      will take place online, typically via a restricted-access discussion forum within a WOLF Topic, or
      via a collaborative blog or web folio in PebblePad.

4.    The opportunity to participate in electronic Personal Development Planning (ePDP), (mainly
      contextual modules so optional for other modules):
      As well as ePDP actives within school-wide (AD-coded) contextual modules, students on the
      course will be creating various records of achievement as they document their practical work.
      These will include production blogs, online portfolios of self-created assets, and various web
      folios. Some of these (or all, if appropriate) can be easily linked (or exported) to a central ePDP
      web folio if the student chooses. The module Employability in the Creative Industries (in the final
      semester of the course) will encourage this practice.

5.    Submission of all (appropriate) assessments online (currently being revised by the Blended
      Learning Unit, so can be left blank unless you have on line assessment):


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      Certain modules will make use of online assessment and/or online submission using WOLF
      and/or PebblePad. In general this will be for coursework that does not involve the presentation of
      a finished video film, since at present DVD or DV tape submissions remain the preferred format
      for reasons of technical quality.

6.    Opportunities to engage in interactive learning during all face to face sessions:
      The course team place a great value on workshop activity, dialogue, improvisation, role play and
      practical film-making activities as key learning activities, and therefore the course contains a
      significant amount of interactive learning, both on-line and off-line, and in most face-to-face
      sessions.

Assessment methods

In level 4 you will be assessed largely on your development of your practical skills base and acquired
knowledge of video and film production. Assessments will typically be of created elements of a
video/film production, such as the video photography, recorded sounds, screenplays etc. In most
cases, such assets will be accompanied by a critical document in which you will evaluate your work
and place the elements in context. Assessment methods will include presentations, essays,
submission of online portfolios, submission of physical portfolios, and submission of video films.

In level 5 you will be assessed mainly on your development of your ability to synthesise contextual and
practical knowledge as you critically explore, through practical film-making, the range of applications of
your field. Assessments are typically of the process by which you will achieve a finished film, and of
the film itself. Assessment tasks will mostly be of productions that entail a high level of collaboration
with peers and other participants (such as performers and clients). Assessment methods will include
presentations, essays, submission of online portfolios, submission of physical portfolios, and
submission of video films.

In level 6 you will be assessed mainly on your development of professional skills, approaches and
attitudes. Most practical modules reference the Skillset National Occupation Standards, which define
the professional roles that the final year projects enact. Assessments are typically of the process by
which you achieve a finished film, and of the film itself. Assessment tasks will mostly be of productions
that entail a high level of collaboration with peers and other participants (such as performers and
clients), and that result in a completed film that is suitable for public screening, submission to film
festivals and entry into competitions. Assessment methods will include presentations, essays, reports,
submission of online portfolios, submission of physical portfolios, submission of video films, creation of
press kits and other marketing/distribution materials.

Support for learning

University provided support:
As well as providing general counselling support the University Counselling Service provides short
courses on topics such as "Self Confidence", "Stress Management and Relaxation" and "Life Skills".
They also provide study skills and academic support, providing short courses such as provide help in
areas such as "Writing and Assignment Skills", "Exam Techniques", "Enhancing Professional Skills",
"Personal Development Planning" and "Making Choices for the Future.

University Learning Centres provide general academic skills support to all students. You can make an
appointment with a study skills advisor for advice on areas such as academic writing, assignment
planning, exam preparation, and time management. In addition, there is a regular timetable of drop-in
and bookable workshops covering information and digital literacy skills, including academic
referencing. School of Art and Design students are supported by a designated subject librarian who is
available to support research and project work.

You can expect to receive support and guidance in the area of Personal Development Planning, so
that you: can understand better your learning process, have the skills and understanding to act on the
feedback, so as to become more effective and successful, collect evidence on your achievement to
enhance your employability. http://www.wlv.ac.uk/default.aspx?page=18450

School support:
Study support is available through the Personal Academic Tutorial system with course tutors who are
familiar with your area of study. At the start of each year of your course you will be assigned a


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Personal Tutor who will guide you through the induction process and provide support and academic
counselling throughout the year on an appointment basis. They should be able to offer you advice
and guidance to help you liaise with other staff and support facilities in the School and University.
You should meet your Personal Tutor regularly, which must include meetings that you are invited to
at critical points in your course.

Additional support can be sought through the School of Art and Design learning support unit. Staff
are friendly and approachable and are available to help when you have a problem. Staff can be
contacted through the University email or by booking an appointment through the Divisional
Assistant. Additional study support is provided through various communication systems, for
example, WOLF, email and PebblePad.

The Programme Manager provides academic counselling and will be accessible on an appointment
basis to discuss requests for extensions, requests for extenuating circumstances, general concerns
about study and student life and general programme planning. The Programme Manager will act as a
first point of contact in relation to leave of absence (including returning after leave), withdrawal,
transferring to another course (internal and external) and changes to mode of attendance. Your
Course Leader will be available thereafter for meetings by appointment to discuss leave of absence,
withdrawal, transferring to another course (internal and external), changes to mode of attendance,
returning after leave of absence and direct entrants.

Subject support:
Tutorials, workshops, seminars and meetings - provide the primary opportunities for students to
interact with staff on topics relating to modules. All modules provide at least one of these forms of face-
to-face support.

Feedback - tutors provide personalised written feedback on most summative assessments. The
mechanism for feedback from purely formative tasks varies between assessments, but will always be
provided in some form. On occasions tutors may provide generalised verbal feedback to the whole
class on points relating to an assessment.

Distinctive features of the course

The course covers the full scope of video & film production: drama, documentary, commercial, social
action. It is an intensive, mainly practical course in which you may work on up to ten different
video/film-making projects. It includes practical projects involving high-def film-making, creating
streaming media, and making your films accessible through techniques such as subtitling, signing and
audio description.




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                     Course Structure for BA (Hons) Video and Film Production

                                                      UG Regulations
                   (This section does not apply to Higher Nationals, Foundation Degrees and RN/Dip HE.)
Students will study:
Standard Full-time: modules worth 120 credits each academic year, taught over two semesters in the
        academic year.
Part-time: normally modules worth no more than 80 credits each academic year.


Level 4 (1)
                                                Year long modules
    C      4AD010           Introduction to Art and Design in Context                                           20
    C      4DM016           Technical Production Skills in Video and Film
                                                                                                                20
                     Semester 1                                                    Semester 2
          4DM017     Developing Ideas and                        4DM018       Screen Drama Practice
 C                   Experimentation for         20         C                                                   20
                     Screen
          4DM008     Practical Arts of                           4DM020       Documentary Practice:
 C                   Editing and Post-           20         C                 Global Perspectives               20
                     Production

Level 5 (2)
                                                Year long modules
     C      5AD008            Critical and Contextual Issues in Art and Design                                  20

     C      5DM018            Narrative Production                                                              20

                     Semester 1                                                    Semester 2
         5DM025      Documentary                            5DM019 Social Action Video
 C                                            20        C                                                       20
                     Production                                        Production
         5DM020      Advanced                               5DM022 Experimental Voices and
 C                   Techniques in Video      20        O              Film Authorship in Practice              20
                     and Film
         5AD009      Professional                           5AD009     Professional Placement 1*
 O                                            20        O                                                       20
                     Placement 1*
 O       5AD011      Professional Placement (sandwich)                                                     40
                     This module is only core for students who study the sandwich mode of the
                     course

Level 6 (3)
                                              Year long modules
    C      6DM013        Major Project: Video and Film Production
                                                                                                                20
    C      6DM011        Collaborative Video and Film Production                                                20
                      Semester 1                                                    Semester 2
C       6AD002     Dissertation                             C    6AD001        Creative Industries and
                                                 20                                                             20
                                                                               Opportunities
C       6DM015     Pre-Production                           O    6DM012        Post Production
                                                 20                                                             20
                                                                               Professional Techniques
                                                            O    6AD003        Professional Experience 2        20




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Course Management
Divisional Leader                                   Ross Winning         2717
Divisional Assistant                                Natasha Bloomfield   2427
Programme Manager                                   Don Adamson          1928
Admissions and Student Support Officer              Sharon Raybould      8426

Staff Involved with the Programme

The Award operates within the Division of Digital Media. The Divisional Leader is Ross Winning who
can be contacted in room MK502, on telephone extension 2717or on email Ross.Winning@wlv.ac.uk
Divisional Assistant, Natasha Bloomfield, is on telephone extension 2427

Academic Staff Associated with Digital Media:

Ross Winning, Divisional Leader                     2717   MK502         Ross.Winning@wlv.ac.uk
Paul Hale, Computer Games Design                           MK510         P.Hale@wlv.ac.uk
Jab Robbins, Computer Games Design                  1075   MK510         Jab.Robbins@wlv.ac.uk
Brian Cattell, Computer Games Design                3448   MK510         B.Cattell@wlv.ac.uk
Phil Nichols, Video and Film Production             2935   MK510         P.Nichols@wlv.ac.uk
Tracy McCoy, Video and Film Production              2202   MK510         T.Mccoy@wlv.ac.uk
Don Adamson, Video and Film Production              1928   MK504         D.Adamson@wlv.ac.uk
Adam Kossoff, Video and Film Production             2935   MK510         Adamkossoff@wlv.ac.uk
Steve Arnott, Animation                             2068   MK510         S.P.Arnott@wlv.ac.uk
Emily Mantell, Animation                            2260   MK510         E.Mantell@wlv.ac.uk
Samantha Moore, Animation                           2068   MK510         S.Moore@wlv.ac.uk
Dr Faramarz Amiri, Interactive Media                3447   MK510         F.Amiri@wlv.ac.uk
Dr James Davis, Interactive Media                   3463   MK510         Jim.Davis@wlv.ac.uk
Dr Denise Doyle                                     2443   MK510         D.Doyle@wlv.ac.uk


Technical Staff Associated with Digital Media:

Karen Mills, S/Technician, Digital Media            1922   MK517         K.L.Mills@wlv.ac.uk
Martin Evans, P/Technician IT                       1996   MK517         M.A.Evans@wlv.ac.uk
Amo Jandu, S/Technician, Digital Media              2538   MK517         a.jandu3@wlv.ac.uk
Vinod Govindhai, Technician / Equipment Store       1973   MK002         V.govindbhai@wlv.ac.uk

Other School Staff

Darren Hillman, Technical resource Manager          2549   MK517a        D.N.Hillman@wlv.ac.uk
Sheila Hind, School Manager (Administration)        3399   MK501b        s.hind@wlv.ac.uk
Peter Redmond Employment and Placements             1902   MK007         P.Redmond@wlv.ac.uk
Dr Jane Cooksey, Learner Development                3526   MK404a        h.j.Cooksey@wlv.ac.uk




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Where to get help with your course

General Enquiries
Natasha Bloomfield / Divisional Assistant - School of Art and Design office in room MK501

Module Related
Module Tutor/Leader
SAD Programmes Manager

Programme/Academic Related
Personal Academic Tutor
Course Leader
Divisional Leader

Extensions/Mitigating Circumstances/Course Transfer
SAD Programmes Manager
Admissions and Student Support Officer
Forms can be downloaded from e-vision (www.wlv.ac.uk/evision).

Study Issues and Support
Study Skills Advisor LRC
www.wlv.ac.uk/skills

Students with additional support needs
SAD: Dr Jane Cooksey 323526
University: Student Enabling Centre 01902 321074

Personal Issues
Personal Tutor
Student Gateway 322572

Student Gateway
University Careers and Employment Services 321414
SAD Placements: Peter Redmond 321902

Complaints/Suggestions
University Reception desks, School Offices or on line at: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/PDF/ind_compl_proc.pdf

Getting involved
Have your say!
There are many activities you can get involved in by:
    Becoming a student representative
    Helping out at Open Days
    Helping out with school activities

Staff/Student Liaison
At the beginning of each academic session students will be invited to nominate a student
representative per course per level.

Staff/Student liaison meetings occur once per semester.

Student Council meets twice per year.

Course meetings between staff and students are held twice per year.

Student representatives are invited to School Committees

Student Voice

The involvement of students in the assessment of course quality is an established part of the
University’s procedures. The Students’ Union and your Course leaders will be able to tell you about

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the representative roles available to students and the communication processes in the School. These
are important roles that benefit you and other students. Further information about student
representation and the Student Voice is available at the Students’ Union website:
http://www.wolvesunion.org/

School of Art and Design – Prize List
The Caparo Prize for Creative Enterprise
The Craftline Award for Excellence in Ceramics
The Creativity Photographic Backgrounds Inspired Photograph Award
The Creativity Artists Papers Artistic Techniques Award
The Creativity Artists Papers Excellence in Illustration Award
Daler Rowley Prize for Excellence in Graphic Communication
Daler Rowley Prize for Excellence in Painting
The Canon Illustration Prize
The Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Design & Applied Arts
The Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Digital Media
The Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Fine Art & Photography
The Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Visual Communications
The Express & Star Award for Digital Editorial Design in Graphic Communication
The Hill & Co Enterprise and Presentation Award
The Ibstock Prize for Architectural Ceramics
Keith Cummings Award for Excellence in Kiln Glass Casting
The Light House Photographic Award in Collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton
The Plantation Rug Prize for Innovation
MDTi Prize for Excellence in Commercial Video Production
The Potclay Award for Outstanding Work in Clay
The RotoVision Award for Excellence in Editorial Graphic Communication
The RotoVision Award for Excellence in Packaging Design
The RotoVision Award for Excellence in Branding Design
The Sandvik Prize for Excellence in Photography
The Sandvik Prize for Excellence in Sculpture
The Sheaffer Prize for Use of Language in Graphic Projects
The Sheaffer Prize for Outstanding Work on Live Commissions in Graphic Communications
Simon Bruntnell Award for Best Glass Work in Show
Top Pot Award for Achievement in Ceramics
The Valentines Studentship Prize for Ceramics
The Ed Bird Memorial Award
Wow! Stuff Product Innovation Award 2011
Wolverhampton Art Gallery Prize for Fine Art Film


School of Art and Design Shop and Media Store

The School of Art and Design have a shop and a Media Store which are located on the ground floor of
MK building. The Shop sells a wide variety of materials at reasonable prices. The Media Store has a
range of cameras, videos, lights, tripods and other multimedia equipment which you can borrow.


Insurance

You are strongly advised to insure valuable belongings against theft, loss or damage and to register
with a doctor.




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Employability & Your Personal Development Portfolio (PDP)

What is ‘Employability’?

‘Employability’ is concerned with the development of skills aimed at enhancing your employment
prospects throughout your time here at the University of Wolverhampton. Developing specialist
subject and academic knowledge is important for employers but they also want to employ individuals
who are able to:
     Communicate effectively,
     Work in a team and have good interpersonal skills.
     Solve problems
     Work on their own using their own initiative and are able to adapt to changing situations
     Be self-confident

How Will You Develop Your Employment Skills?

At the School of Art and Design we aim to provide you with the opportunity to develop these through
the modules you will be studying. The assessments you do for your modules are designed to help you
develop Subject specific skills through the research you undertake for the assignments. In addition,
they are also designed to help you develop other key skills such as your written communication skills.
Where you have formal presentations, this will build your self-confidence in addition to helping you
develop your skills of verbal communication. Working as part of a team will develop vital group-work
skills. Attending your classes regularly will further ensure that you have the opportunity to develop
other skills, for example time management.

Throughout your time at the University, you will develop and be able to demonstrate a number of skills,
some of which are listed below:

     Working as part of a group
     Demonstrating teamwork skills and leadership skills
     Effective communication
     Written (via reports etc.)
     Oral (through formal presentations)
     Problem-solving
     IT skills (which include use of basic packages for word processing, spreadsheets, use of email
      etc.)
     Time management
     Attending classes on time
     Handing in your assignments by the deadline date

You may also be working part-time. The experience you gain within a work environment is a very
worthwhile one and also helps you to develop key skills. Dave Colton is the School of Art and Design
Student Placement Co-ordinator and there is a WOLF topic – Employment and Placements for SAD.
This is another good way of developing skills which are valued by employers.

Career opportunities and Future Study
Graduate Destinations

Students completed a number of successful client-based productions at level 2 and three, and
including one project which was completed by a collaborative team across level two and three. The
success of this latter project led to the creation of the MDTi Prize, an award for Best Commercial Video
Production.

Several final-year student productions were submitted for film festivals and other competitions,
including one film winning an award at the Underdog Festival at Staffordshire University.

Two final year productions were submitted to the Royal Television Society for consideration for the
Midland Region Student Awards. One of these was shortlisted (and subsequently, in early 2008-9, won
two of the RTS Awards.)


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Student destinations include working as a runner/production assistant with London-based production
company, a production team member on The Gadget Show, and undertaking further study within the
University of Wolverhampton or elsewhere.

Careers Advice Unit                        Simon Brandwood        ext. 1279

Future Study
Postgraduate Courses:                      MA Art and Design (Specialism)
                                           MA Fine Art
                                           MA Digital and Communication (Specialism)

All postgraduate enquiries to Jo Mills ext. 2213

Thinking of applying for AHRC funding for postgraduate study? Students should make it known to
tutors they are considering applying for funding by the close of semester one of the academic year of
proposed application. This will allow staff to coordinate and rationalise the application process.

Research opportunities:
MPhil and PhDs in Art and Design (interdisciplinary combinations available)
All research enquiries to Dr Dew Harrison ext. 1941 or Jo Mills ext. 2213

Professional Placements and Work Placements

An optional Professional Placement year is available for this course. A placement in your chosen
specialism can give you valuable experience, build your confidence and give you a head start in
gaining employment in your chosen field.

The aim is to start your placement in the September after the successful completion of your second
year. You will then return to University the following September to complete your final year.

For more information see the Professional Placement Handbook or contact Peter Redmond,
Employability Co-ordinator: Telephone Extension: 1902. Email: P.Redmond@wlv.ac.uk or Hilary Price,
Creative Studio Co-ordinator, h.price@wlv.ac.uk, telephone extension: 2433.




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Health & Safety issues


YOU MUST NOT USE MACHINERY UNTIL INDUCTED IN THE SAFE WORKING PRACTICES FOR
                                YOUR AREA.

Undergraduate students will receive the appropriate health and safety induction for their specific
subject areas as part of their curriculum.

Postgraduate students should discuss with the Postgraduate Programme Manager their specific needs
for health and safety induction. It is important that this takes place as soon as possible after
registration.

ROOM DESIGNATIONS: A               Students may work unsupervised
                   B               Occasional checks by supervisors required
                   C               Supervision is required
                   D               Supervision at all times

THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL:
    Eating and Drinking Only in designated areas. This is because of the inherent risk of fire and
    ingestion of harmful materials
    Smoking is not allowed anywhere on University property.

VENTILATIONS & EXTRACTION: Must be turned on at all times

ELECTRICAL APPLICANCES AND MACHINERY:
    Turn off when you have finished using them. Turn off if you are the last to leave.

LEAVE THE AREA YOUR ARE WORKING IN SAFE:
    When leaving insecure or risky work unattended always put a sign to warn others.

CLEAN UP SPILLS: Dispose of in the correct manner.

DO NO MAINTENANCE TO MACHINERY: See a member of staff – do not do it yourself.

REPORT ANY ADVERSE CONDITION: When using chemicals, powders or thinners etc.

NOTE POSITIONS OF FIRST AID BOXES, FIRE EXTINGUISHERS AND FIRE EXITS:
    Do not obstruct fire exits and remove any obstacles you find from the path of an exit.

ALWAYS OBEY FIRE ALARM:
    The staff are not given prior warning for any fire drill. It is imperative that you know the assembly
    point for your building. Alarm bell testing is carried out, you will be notified when this occurs and
    you will not have to leave the building.

FIRE SAFE ‘REFUGE’ AREAS:
     These are on each floor and are situated directly adjacent to the life under the viewing windows.
     They are intended primarily for wheelchair users but any casualty should be placed here.
     Reassure them, then make your own way down the stairs and inform the Fire Co-ordinator as to
     exactly which floor the person is on.

EMERGENCY INTERCOMS:
    These are found on the landing adjacent to the lift. They alert SAD security. Misuse will lead to
    disciplinary action.

REPORT ALL ACCIDENTS:
    No matter how small as it may need to go into the accident book.
    Accidents should be reported via the University’s Accident Report Form which is available on-
    line from the Department of Risk, Health and Safety:
    http://www.wlv.ac.uk/staff/services/hsd/accident_reporting.aspx




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Additional information which may not directly to certain subjects.

HASAWA:            Health and Safety At Work Act. The University is bound to provide a safe and
                   suitable place of work. This is a EU directive to Parliament. The University is
                   breaking the law if it does not comply with the HSAWA. As such, the School’s
                   technical staff, under the guidance of SAD Safety Committee, and the SAD Safety
                   Advisor, have to do a great deal of preparatory background work to conform to the
                   HASAWA. This is done on your behalf and for your wellbeing:

CODES OF           These are Health and Safety policy statements that emanate from the
PRACTICE:          Vice Chancellor down to the various Health and Safety management groups.

MANUAL             Learn how to bend and stand correctly when lifting heavy objects that are
HANDLING:          deemed to be within your capabilities, and to assess when to use lifting equipment,
                   or seek help as necessary.

COSHH:             Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. All materials have to be verified to see
                   how safe they are to handle and use, before we purchase them.

RISK        Evaluate all risks and exposures, with materials, machinery and the working
ASSESSMENT: environment.

WORKING     Are step-by-step actions and operations that are ascertained from doing the
PROCEDURES: COSHH and RISK ASSESSMENTS. They take into account the aforementioned
            regulations to ensure safe working practices. Therefore, all of the precautions that
            we implement must be adhered to, or you will not be allowed to work. This is
            particularly pertinent with the wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), i.e.
            eye, face, ear, hand, feet and body protection. All are to British Standards.

All of this information is available to staff and students and is kept in the relevant Subject Technician’s
Office. Copies are also kept in the Technical Resource Manager’s Office, MK517A.




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         CHARTER FOR STUDENTS STUDYING IN THE SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN

               The School of Art and Design is a working partnership between its students and staff.
     Students of the School of Art and Design are expected to have high aspirations. Studying in this supportive
environment offers you the opportunity to develop new knowledge, skills and behaviours that will enhance your career
                                                   opportunities.



In order to help you achieve your objectives we shall endeavour to provide

          A stimulating and well-planned learning opportunity
          Appropriate resources, including books and computers/software
          Well-defined and appropriate programmes of study
          Opportunities to plan and review your progress
          Access to learning support
          Qualified, experienced and approachable technical and academic staff


We shall ensure that

        Written and verbal feedback will be provided on all assessments within 2-3 working weeks
        There are opportunities for you to comment on and influence your University and School experience, e.g., via
         student forums, student-staff liaison meetings, module questionnaires and student representation on School
         committees
        You will have access to information that you need to progress on the course, e.g., through module guides and
         award/pathway guides
        All staff treat you with courtesy and respect
        Equal opportunities is promoted
        We deal promptly and fairly with issues of concern raised by you



We expect you to:

         Review your progress
         Show courtesy and respect to staff and other students
         Attend all learning sessions, including tutorials, and act appropriately at all times
         Understand the requirements of your programme of study
         Understand the requirements of each module you are studying on (sessions to attend, assessment
          procedures etc)
         Respect and abide by the University regulations, e.g., Equal Opportunities Policy, ID Cards, quiet areas, no
          smoking, plagiarism, student conduct etc
         Bring all necessary equipment to studios and workshops
         Abide by health and safety procedures, including wearing personal protective clothing when required
         Hand in assessments on time and in line with assessment procedures
         Switch off mobile phones when in class
         Behave considerately in lectures and participate in group activities
         Keep your tutor informed if you have personal problems that affect your work. If any problem makes it
          necessary for you to seek an extension on the date on which your assessment should have been submitted,
          then do so before the deadline date.
         Seek approval for any change in your programme and submit the record to your tutor/lecturer within the
          deadlines. It is your responsibility to submit the form to your student registry
         Inform the Registry Administrator if your address/personal details/sponsor changes/or other contact details
          change
         Notify your personal tutor/module leader of any sickness or absence
         Support your student representative in their work on your behalf




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Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

The contacts for APL consideration within the School of Art and Design is Don Adamson.

Courses are based on the principle of accumulating sufficient ‘credits’ at appropriate levels. The usual
means of gaining an honours degree is to complete the level 4 credit requirement, then move to the
level 5 requirement and finally achieve the necessary level 6 requirement. In order to obtain the
required credits for your targeted award you need to study (and pass) a set of modules. Each award
specifies the modules (the ‘core’ or ‘core option’ modules) which must be studied as part of this set of
modules. A single module is normally worth 20 credits. However, it is not uncommon for students to
have gained the knowledge and skills developed in some of our modules through previous study at
another institution, by virtue of their normal work experience or via some other interest or activity.
Clearly, where this is the case, it would not be sensible or desirable for you to repeat this learning
experience during your student for one of our awards. Where we can clearly substantiate a student
claim to already have the relevant knowledge and skills to have satisfied the Learning Outcomes for
one of our modules, it is possible to accredit that achievement and thereby possibly shorten the period
of student required for the target award.

APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning) is a process for recognising and assessing students’ prior
learning. This recognition may give the learning a credit-value in a credit-based structure and enable it
to be counted towards the completion of a programme of study and the award(s) or qualifications
associated with it. APL includes:
       APEL- accreditation of experiential learning normally learning for which the student does not
          have a formal certificate from a recognised body, or
       APCL - accreditation of prior certificated learning normally previously assessed and
          certificated learning recognised for academic purposes.
Normally students will request consideration for APL prior to starting their course. Retrospective
claims are considered but may not be successful.

University information and guidance on APL can be found at:
http://www.wlv.ac.uk/Default.aspx?page=6932

Learning, Teaching & Assessment: What Can You Expect?

Learning and Teaching

Learning & Teaching Resources
There is a wide range of resources available for your learning, including on-line materials, web-based
information and, importantly, the online resources provided by the Learning Centres. Module
information will direct you to specific information sources, but there is an expectation that you will
research your own sources in order to enhance your achievement of the learning outcomes for the
programme. In order to locate resources relevant to Art and Design directly, visit the Learning Centre’s
home page at www.wlv.ac.uk/lib, select ‘Subject Starting Point’ from the left hand menu and use the
links to navigate through e-books, e-journals, databases and information on the web. If you require
further subject-specific help with resources, contact SAD Librarian, Tom Hicks.

Technology Supported Learning

Technology supported learning is useful for many aspects of your studies at the School of Art &
Design. The e-portfolio system, PebblePAD, is useful for personal development planning, for storing,
recording and reflecting on all aspects of your work and life here. Tutors are increasingly using
technology supported learning in many aspects of their teaching and as a means of communication
with individuals and groups. You will be introduced to both PebblePAD and WOLF (the university’s
virtual learning environment) at the outset of your studies.

Assessment

Types of assessment
The main source of information about assessment tasks are the module guide and assessment task
brief. The module tutor will provide a detailed briefing for each assignment. There is a wide range of
assessment tasks (further details can be found in the Undergraduate Student Guide), including:

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            Project work
            Presentations
            Reports
            Team work exercises
            Work placement
            Written assignments

Undergraduate Student Guide: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/default.aspx?page=13158

Marking of Assessments

The marking and grading of your work is a comprehensive exercise involving first-marking by tutors,
moderation by other tutors and the submission of assessments to independent external examiners
who monitor and advise, thereby ensuring quality and standards.

The normal return period for feedback on your marked (summative) work is three weeks after the date
of submission. You will receive a grade achieved and comments on whether and how you have
achieved the learning outcomes.

The processing of grades is outlined in the Undergraduate Student Guide.




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     Academic Misconduct

                  UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON
             POLICY ON TACKLING ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT


 The University considers seriously all acts of academic misconduct, which by definition are
     dishonest and in direct opposition to the values of a learning community. Academic
misconduct, if not challenged, will ultimately devalue academic standards and honest effort on
                                     the part of all students.


It is the responsibility of all students to ensure that they understand the regulations and conventions
for proper academic referencing and where concerned about the potential for any act of academic
misconduct to seek advice/counselling from academic or academic support staff. In understanding
this, any attempt to enhance performance by dishonest means will result in academic penalties.

Defining Academic Misconduct:

Cheating –
Cheating is defined as any attempt to gain unfair advantage in an assessment by dishonest means, and
includes e.g. cheating in an examination, stealing another student’s work, commissioning of an
assessment from a third party, impersonation of another student.

This is not an exhaustive list and other common examples of cheating would include –
 Being in possession of “crib notes” during an examination
 Copying from the work of another student
 Prohibited communication during an examination
 Unauthorised use of electronic devices
 Acts of plagiarism or collusion as defined below


Collusion -
Collusion is when two or more people combine to produce a piece of work for assessment that is
passed off as the work of one student alone. The work may be so alike in content, wording and
structure that the similarity goes beyond what might have been coincidence. For example – where one
student has copied the work of another, or where a joint effort has taken place in producing what
should have been an individual effort, including preparation for a seen examination.

Collusion should not be confused with the normal situation in which students learn from one
another, sharing ideas and group work to complete assignments (where this is specifically
authorised).


Plagiarism –
Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work and passing it off as your own. This includes
incorporating either unattributed direct quotation(s) or substantial paraphrasing from the work of
another/others/or yourself.
It is important to cite all sources whose work has been drawn on and reference them fully in
accordance with the referencing standard used in each academic school.

The most common forms of plagiarism are –
 Cut or copied and pasted materials from websites
 Copying the work of another student (past or present) including essays available through “essay
  bank” websites – or other data.
 Copying material from a text book or journal


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 Self Plagiarism1


Support for Students:

A variety of support mechanisms are in place to help students succeed and avoid academic
misconduct.
     Visit our study skills support website at www.wlv.ac.uk/skills
     Book an appointment to see a study skills advisor- through the Learning Centres.
     Speak to your personal tutor or module leader.
     There is help available if you need it. The University caught and prosecuted over 600 cases of
      Academic Misconduct last year - it is better to do the work than think you can get away with
      cheating - the penalties are severe...


Penalties:
Where an offence is admitted, or a panel decides that cheating, plagiarism or collusion has
occurred, a penalty will be imposed. The severity of the penalty will vary according to the nature
of the offence and the level of study. Penalties will range from failure of the assignment under
investigation to a restriction of the award a student may ultimately achieve or a requirement to
leave the University.

Full details about the University's policy on Academic Misconduct and regulations and procedures
for the investigation of academic misconduct are available at our website:
www.wlv.ac.uk/polsregs


Detecting Plagiarism:

Students are required, where appropriate, to make a declaration as to the authenticity and
originality of any submitted piece of work. This declaration also authorises the University to
request and require students to provide an electronic version of any submitted assessment for
checking. In concert with the skills and experiences of academic staff the University will utilise
electronic tools such as Turnitin to detect plagiarism.

At Undergraduate level the University will require that all final year projects and dissertations are
submitted to Turnitin for analysis. At postgraduate level the University will require that all
dissertations (or similar) are submitted to Turnitin for analysis. It will be the responsibility of each
Academic School to ensure that this requirement is communicated to students in the relevant
module guidance and acted upon.

Students may further be required to submit an electronic copy of their work for checking via
Turnitin where plagiarism is suspected.




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        Self-plagiarism occurs when a student reuses entire or parts of his/her own work that was
       previously assessed for academic credit and submits it as part of another work without providing
       proper acknowledgement of this fact.


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Ethics
Why are ethical considerations important when researching for your modules, projects or
assignments?
Research is an essential and vital part of learning and teaching. Most research uses existing material,
that is publicly and legally available e.g. books, journals, periodicals, and web-based material for which
formal approval is not normally required.
However some research may involve interaction with people or organisations. You should ensure that
you do NOT conduct any research that could be intrusive or sensitive or could cause psychological
harm or suffering to others.

Ethical Monitoring of Modules, Projects and Assignments
For many modules, projects or assignments you will be using literature based research, for which
formal approval is not normally required. However when your research brings you into contact with
people or organisations (e.g. Email contact, interviews, questionnaires, photographing or video or
audio taping) then you need to be fully aware of and rigorously and consistently apply the School of
Art Ethical Monitoring Procedures. In such cases you will need to discuss your intentions with your
module tutor who will need to approve what you are doing before you make any contact.

If your research or project involves any of the following you will have to get written permission from the
School of Art and Design, Learning, Teaching & Ethics Sub Committee. Your tutor will discuss the
research with you and complete the relevant Ethical Monitoring Form and forward it for the approval of
this Committee.

Written permission is needed from the SAD Learning Teaching & Ethics Sub Committee for research
or project work that,
       involves covert procedures
       uses any procedures that may be considered likely to be physically or psychologically
           harmful
       may be offensive or produces material that may be offensive
       is contentious and may bring the University into disrepute
       requires access to, or creates data about individuals of a highly confidential nature
       involves participants who are considered vulnerable
       requires the administration of substances (legal or otherwise)
       requires the approval of another Professional Ethics Committee

What Feedback Can You Expect?

What can you expect from your tutors whilst you are preparing your work?
      Normally tutors will advise you, as a group, on the assessment at or near the start of the
        module.
      In many modules, tutorials will be arranged over the course of the module. These may be in
        a group or on a one-to-one basis.

What should you not expect from your tutors?
      It is not the role of a tutor to look at or read drafts of your work and correct them with a view
        to your obtaining a ‘good mark’. An assignment should reflect your effort and input, and the
        role of the tutor is to guide and advise. It is then your responsibility to assess this advice
        and guidance and use it accordingly. Tutors provide this in good faith, but its use - or lack of
        it - by you is not an automatic route to a good or a poor grade. Other factors, particularly
        those pertaining to your skills and efforts, will play a vital role in your achievement.

After completion of the assignment
       Main feedback is through a copy (to you) of the assessment feedback sheet from
         tutors/administrative support staff.

How You Can Comment on Learning & Teaching And Assessment
We greatly value your feedback; students’ views are collectively influential in how we deliver Learning
and Teaching and are gathered through staff-student meetings and via questionnaires, particularly the
Module Evaluation Questionnaires (MEQs) that you are asked to complete towards the end of a
module. Such feedback is analysed for annual monitoring of modules, subjects and courses.


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External Examiners
External examiners are assigned to modules, for which they see a representative sample of student
work. Their job is to ensure that modules, assessment procedures and marking standards are fair and
on a par with other degree awarding institutions; and to ensure that individual students are awarded
grades that are a fair reflection of their performance. External examiners may request to meet with
students and are required to produce an annual report which is considered by the University’s Quality
and Enhancement Committee.




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                                                                                             APPENDIX

All Students will study the following Contextual Modules as part of their chosen course. Please refer
to your Course Structures:

Module Code: 4AD010 Introduction to Art and Design in Context
      Credit value         20
      Pre-requisites       None
      Co-requisites        None
      Prohibited           None
      combinations
      Module Leader        Dr Louise Fenton
      Telephone            01902 828423
      Email                louise.fenton@wlv.ac.uk
      Staff Room Number    MK301a

Module description

This module provides generic and subject specific contextualisation for undergraduate study in Art and
Design. This module enables you to develop appropriate key skills including research and academic writing.
You will be introduced to subject relevant social, historical and cultural contexts. These contexts will be
presented through a variety of ways such as visual presentations, film and gallery visits.

Assessment
        Description                                                          Weighting
        1        Coursework                                                  20%
        2        Coursework                                                  80%




Module Code: 5AD008 Critical and Contextual Issues in Art and Design
      Credit value           20
      Pre-requisites         None
      Co-requisites          None
      Prohibited             None
      combinations
      Module Leader          Dr Louise Fenton
      Telephone              01902 828423
      Email                  louise.fenton@wlv.ac.uk
      Staff Room Number      MK301a

Module description

This module will enable you to increase and develop your awareness of a variety of theoretical concepts,
issues and movements which have affected or influenced the way in which creative practitioners think and
work. You will develop arguments and/or solve problems through a continuing engagement with cultural,
social, environmental and historical issues demonstrating critical thinking.

Assessment
        Description                                                          Weighting
        1        Coursework                                                  50%
        2        Presentation                                                50%




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Module Code: 5AD009 Professional Experience 1*
      Credit value         20
      Pre-requisites       None
      Co-requisites        None
      Prohibited           None
      combinations
      Module Leader        Peter Redmond
      Telephone            01902 321902
      Email                P.Redmond@wlv.ac.uk
      Staff Room Number    MK007

Module description

This module will give you your first opportunity to gain industrial experience in an area of personal interest,
through the initiation of a short work placement or live project of your choice. You will find a suitable
placement or project and then collaborate/negotiate with professionals to gain industrial experience.

Assessment
        Description                                                             Weighting
        1        Report                                                         30%
        2        Report                                                         70%


Module Code: 5AD011 Professional Placement (Sandwich)
This module is only core if taken by students who study the sandwich mode of this course
      Credit value               20
      Pre-requisites             None
      Co-requisites              None
      Prohibited                 None
      combinations
      Module Leader              Peter Redmond
      Telephone                  01902 321902
      Email                      P.Redmond@wlv.ac.uk
      Staff Room Number          MK007

Module description

The professional placement provides an opportunity for professional development in the work place and as
such, greatly enhances the prospects for you to find bespoke or relevant employment at the end of your
studies. Help and support is provided to assist you in finding a suitable placement by the School, but greater
emphasis is placed on your awareness and self-motivation in finding a good quality placement. Normally,
staff may visit you once during the 48-week period, but contact will be continual throughout the year. The
placement provider will be asked to comment on your progress during the placement. These comments will
help in providing you with formative feedback.

Assessment
        Description                                                             Weighting
        1        Report                                                         100%



Module Code: 6AD002 Dissertation
      Credit value         20
      Pre-requisites       None
      Co-requisites        None
      Prohibited           None
      combinations
      Module Leader        Dr Louise Fenton


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       Telephone                01902 828423
       Email                    louise.fenton@wlv.ac.uk
       Staff Room Number        MK301a

Module description

This module is an opportunity to conduct an in-depth study of a topic of interest related to your major subject.
Individual personal tutorials are used to generate and develop a personal research strategy to monitor
progress and assist in the realisation of objectives. A written draft is used as a vehicle for feedback before
the submission of a final version. You will engage with a log book to record tutorials and progress throughout
this module.

Assessment
        Description                                                             Weighting
        1        Proposal                                                       20%
        2        Coursework                                                     80%


Module Code: 6AD001 Creative Industries and Opportunities
      Credit value         20
      Pre-requisites       None
      Co-requisites        None
      Prohibited           None
      combinations
      Module Leader        Dr Louise Fenton
      Telephone            01902 828423
      Email                louise.fenton@wlv.ac.uk
      Staff Room Number    MK301a

Module description

The aim of this module is to • Familiarise you with a range of issues relating to the active pursuit of a career
in the creative industries. • Enable you to effectively demonstrate current knowledge of the professional
world and to contextualise various practices. • To assist you to identify, understand research and reference
information pertinent to your personal career ambitions. • To help and encourage you to utilise written, verbal
and visual presentation techniques in order to evaluate and to express an informed opinion. You will produce
a variety of documents to support entry into the creative industries. The exact scope of these will be outlined
in the assignment brief in accordance with your specialist subject.

Assessment
        Description                                                             Weighting
        1        Coursework                                                     100%


Module Code: 6AD003 Professional Experience 2^
      Credit value         20
      Pre-requisites       None
      Co-requisites        None
      Prohibited           None
      combinations
      Module Leader        Peter Redmond
      Telephone            01902 321902
      Email                P.Redmond@wlv.ac.uk
      Staff Room Number    MK007

Module description

This module will give you further opportunity to gain industrial experience in an area of personal interest
through the initiation of a short work placement or live project of your choice. You will find a suitable
placement or project and then collaborate/negotiate with professionals to gain industrial experience.


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Assessment
        Description            Weighting
        1        Report        30%
        2        Report        70%




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Level 4 Video and Film Production
Module Code: 4AD016                           Module Title: Technical Production Skills in Video and Film

       Credit value              20
       Pre-requisites            None
       Co-requisites             None
       Prohibited                None
       combinations
       Module Leader             Don Adamson
       Telephone                 01902 321928
       Email                     D.Adamson@wlv.ac.uk
       Staff Room Number         MK504

Module description

This module will give you an introduction to the creative, technical and organisational aspects of video
production. Through a series of practical exercises, you will be introduced to the elements of visual
storytelling, camera operations, shooting for editing, and shooting as “live”.

Assessment
        Description                                                                Weighting
        1        Presentation                                                      30%
        2        Portfolio                                                         70%


Module Code: 4DM017                        Module Title: Developing Ideas for Experimentation for Screen

       Credit value              20
       Pre-requisites            None
       Co-requisites             None
       Prohibited                None
       combinations
       Module Leader             Phil Nichols
       Telephone                 01902 322935
       Email                     P.Nichols@wlv.ac.uk
       Staff Room Number         MK510

Module description

This module is about developing ideas for film and video production. All films begin with an idea which may
ultimately find its expression in narrative or non-narrative form, in fiction or non-fiction. This module will equip
you with a set of techniques you can use to come up with, evaluate and develop ideas for practical projects.
In the course of the module you will create several ideas, some of which you will develop into script or
treatment. Your ideas will be developed through writing, visual forms and/or performance.

Assessment
        Description                                                                Weighting
        1        Presentation                                                      20%
        2        Coursework                                                        80%


Module Code: 4DM008                            Module Title: Practical Arts of Editing and Post-Production

       Credit value              20
       Pre-requisites            None
       Co-requisites             None



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       Prohibited               None
       combinations
       Module Leader            Tracy McCoy
       Telephone                01902 322202
       Email                    T.Mccoy@wlv.ac.uk
       Staff Room Number        MK510

Module description

This module explores the ideas and craft techniques of video and film editing. You will learn how editing can
determine the way a visual story is perceived, and you will experiment with a range of post-production
techniques. You will apply your understanding to a series of editing challenges, and develop an appreciation
of the organisational and workflow aspects of post-production.

Assessment
        Description                                                            Weighting
        1        Coursework                                                    100%


Module Code: 4DM018                                                  Module Title: Screen Drama Practice

       Credit value             20
       Pre-requisites           None
       Co-requisites            None
       Prohibited               None
       combinations
       Module Leader            Tracy McCoy
       Telephone                01902 322202
       Email                    T.Mccoy@wlv.ac.uk
       Staff Room Number        MK510

Module description

This module builds upon your experience of storytelling through the use of camera and editing, and develops
concepts of mise en scène, character, and the production techniques necessary to support the production of
screen drama. You will work in production teams to realise a number of dramatic short film exercises.

Assessment
        Description                                                            Weighting
        1        Coursework                                                    100%


Module Code: 4DM020                                                   Module Title: Documentary Practice

       Credit value             20
       Pre-requisites           None
       Co-requisites            None
       Prohibited               None
       combinations
       Module Leader            Adam Kossoff
       Telephone                01902 322935
       Email                    Adamkossoff@wlv.ac.uk
       Staff Room Number        MK510

Module description

The documentary has undergone a revival of interest: in recent years a large number of independent
documentary films have reached cinemas and television. This is partly due to the documentary being
creatively able to give local and global issues a relevance to worldwide audiences. This module will introduce
the debates that have surrounded the theory and history of the documentary film, questions around

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objectivity and subjectivity and ethical responsibility towards our world and the people we engage with.
Looking at the relationship between collaborative and personal practice, this module will also introduce the
documentary as a creative form that is both accessible and didactic.

Assessment
        Description                                                           Weighting
        1        Presentation                                                 30%
        2        Coursework                                                   70%




Level 5 Video and Film Production
Module Code: 5DM018                                                    Module title: Narrative Production

       Credit value            20
       Pre-requisites          None
       Co-requisites           None
       Prohibited              None
       combinations
       Module Leader           Tracy McCoy
       Telephone               01902 322202
       Email                   T.Mccoy@wlv.ac.uk
       Staff Room Number       MK510

Module description

This module aims to provide opportunities for you to extend your knowledge of narrative structures and to
explore approaches to narrative production. Specifically, this will involve experimenting with the order and
form of stories that you will adapt for the screen from provided scripts/screenplays or screenplays created
during the module. You will work in production teams to produce at least one narrative film for assessment
submission at the end of the module.

Assessment
        Description                                                           Weighting
        1        Presentation                                                 30%
        2        Coursework                                                   70%


Module Code: 5DM019                                        Module Title: Social Action Video Production

       Credit value            20
       Pre-requisites          None
       Co-requisites           None
       Prohibited              None
       combinations
       Module Leader           Tracy McCoy
       Telephone               01902 322202
       Email                   T.Mccoy@wlv.ac.uk
       Staff Room Number       MK510

Module description

This module places video production firmly within one of its major – and yet little known – contexts. By
looking at how video can offer a powerful voice, it explores the ways that individuals and communities can be
heard. You will explore issues of accessibility to communication technologies, and how the falling costs of
video technology have been enabling and empowering. You will demonstrate your grasp of the ideas of the
module by producing a short video that empowers or enables.



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Assessment
        Description                                                          Weighting
        1        Coursework                                                  100%


Module Code: 5DM020                              Module Title: Advanced Techniques in Video and Film

       Credit value            20
       Pre-requisites          None
       Co-requisites           None
       Prohibited              None
       combinations
       Module Leader           Phil Nichols
       Telephone               01902 322935
       Email                   P.Nichols@wlv.ac.uk
       Staff Room Number       MK510

Module description

This module aims to strengthen your practical grasp of the main production roles in film and video. You will
work on a team project where you will select and adopt a role from a range offered by the tutor, and then
perform in that role to a defined “industry standard”. You will become familiar with Skillset occupational
standards and other methods of specifying a production role, and work towards evidencing your
achievement of an appropriate selection of standards.

Assessment
        Description                                                          Weighting
        1        Presentation                                                20%
        2        Coursework                                                  80%


Module Code: 5DM025                                              Module Title: Documentary Production

       Credit value            20
       Pre-requisites          None
       Co-requisites           None
       Prohibited              None
       combinations
       Module Leader           Adam Kossoff
       Telephone               01902 322935
       Email                   Adamkossoff@wlv.ac.uk
       Staff Room Number       MK510

Module description

This module extends and develops your practice and knowledge of documentary film and film theory, as well
as developing your film and video-making skills. Working in a production team, you will produce a
documentary on a subject with a personal, global or trans-local relevance. You will also explore how the
documentary has an increased exhibition potential due to the expansion of digital production and exhibition
technology.

Assessment
        Description                                                          Weighting
        1        Coursework                                                  100%


Module Code: 5DM022                Module Title: Experimental Voices and Film Authorship in Practice

       Credit value            20
       Pre-requisites          None

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       Co-requisites            None
       Prohibited               None
       combinations
       Module Leader            Phil Nichols
       Telephone                01902 322935
       Email                    P.Nichols@wlv.ac.uk
       Staff Room Number        MK510

Module description

The television and film industries are always calling for original ideas, and the “authored” film is much in
demand. This module looks at experimentation as a method of originating filmic ideas, and explores how a
film-maker can find a voice, becoming an “author”. You will experiment, devise and develop a film which
expresses a personal view.
Assessment
           Description                                                         Weighting
           1          Presentation                                             30%
           2          Coursework                                               70%



Level 6 Video and Film Production
Module Code: 6DM013                                Module Title: Major Project: Video and Film Production

       Credit value             20
       Pre-requisites           None
       Co-requisites            None
       Prohibited               None
       combinations
       Module Leader            Adam Kossoff
       Telephone                01902 322935
       Email                    Adamkossoff@wlv.ac.uk
       Staff Room Number        MK510

Module description

This module provides the opportunity for you to apply your skills, knowledge and experience to a major
video/film production project. You will adopt the role of either a Director or a Producer, and organise a crew
of fellow students to realise a film of your devising. The form, style and content of the film/video you make is
negotiated between you and your tutor. The production could be something completely new, or it may take
as a starting point some of the ideas you created in Level 5 modules. You will learn the importance of having
a creative vision and efficient organisation of resources.

Assessment
        Description                                                             Weighting
        1        Presentation                                                   30%
        2        Project                                                        70%


Module Code: 6DM011                               Module Title: Collaborative Video and Film Production

       Credit value             20
       Pre-requisites           None
       Co-requisites            None
       Prohibited               None
       combinations
       Module Leader            Tracy McCoy
       Telephone                01902 322202
       Email                    T.Mccoy@wlv.ac.uk
       Staff Room Number        MK510

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Module description

This module allows you to develop a production specialism within video and film, or to develop a breadth of
technique. You will examine the professional standards for one or more production role and then enact such
a role/roles across several productions, working in partnership with students fulfilling complementary
production roles.
Assessment
            Description                                                      Weighting
            1         Presentation                                           30%
            2         Portfolio                                              70%


Module Code: 6DM015                                                          Module Title: Pre-Production

       Credit value              20
       Pre-requisites            None
       Co-requisites             None
       Prohibited                None
       combinations
       Module Leader             Phil Nichols
       Telephone                 01902 322935
       Email                     P.Nichols@wlv.ac.uk
       Staff Room Number         MK510

Module description

In this module you will develop your creative abilities in the preparation of a video film. You will devise a film
idea, conduct research which informs the development of a screenplay and advances the practical
preparation of a short film. Produce professionally appropriate documentation which creatively expresses
and/or markets your ideas. Selected films will proceed into production by small teams.

Assessment
        Description                                                               Weighting
        1        Coursework                                                       100%


Module Code: 6DM012                              Module Title: Post-Production Professional Techniques

       Credit value              20
       Pre-requisites            None
       Co-requisites             None
       Prohibited                None
       combinations
       Module Leader             Phil Nichols
       Telephone                 01902 322935
       Email                     P.Nichols@wlv.ac.uk
       Staff Room Number         MK510

Module description

In this module you will develop your creative abilities in the completion of a video film. You will work in a
production team, and the team will use techniques including fine-cut editing, advanced effects, colour
grading, and audio post-production. The team will prepare a press kit for the promotion of your film, and
complete a distributable version of your film suitable for direct submissions to festivals or competitions.

Assessment
        Description                                                               Weighting
        1        Coursework                                                       100%



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