THE ART OF VISUAL STORY TELLING - 2017/8

Module code: DMA1009

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

WAKEFIELD NA Ms (Music & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 4

JACs code

W213

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK (CREATIVE PROJECT) 40%
Coursework COURSEWORK (CREATIVE PROJECT) 60%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module overview

This module is intended to develop students’ creative skills working towards the creation of a visual narrative. The module explores forms of storytelling, film making grammars and basic terminology used by the film and television industries, as well as visual communications tools used in the development of films and other forms of visual media.

Module aims

To provide a framework for developing an idea into a short narrative scene.

To understand issues that arise out of the creation of fictional scenarios.

Develop skills to produce a narrative framework.

Introduce camera language and terms; their use and narrative meaning.

Introduce pre-production techniques to visualise the final media structure.

Introduce tempo, continuity grammar and pace.

To gain an understanding of the importance of organisation and time management.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Generate ideas, concepts, and creative projects in response to set briefs though the creation of coherent visual stories KC
Select, test and make appropriate use of software, processes and environments  K
Demonstrate competence with lighting, audio, visual composition, and sound  K
Develop visualisation techniques to prepare for production K
Present ideas and work to audiences in a range of situations PT
Understand the health and safety considerations of digital media arts disciplines    and acquire appropriate working practices PT
Study independently, set goals, manage their own workloads and meet deadlines PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Introduction to screenwriting and story structure for moving image media
characters and archetypes
visual narrative
Genres – creating moods with lighting, colour, music, locations, tempo/pacing etc.
Camera shots/angles/lenses
Frame composition
storyboards and animatics
Intro to editing and postproduction using Adobe Premiere and other tools

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The assessment strategy is designed to give students the opportunity to show their understanding of moving image narrative, and how camera composition, effects, lighting, sound and pace have on overall tone and mood of a filmed sequence. The initial coursework will cumulatively build the student’s experience and knowledge, applying lessons learnt in each iteration. The final piece of coursework will develop these skills further in the form of an edited and timed animatic.

The learning and teaching methods include:

11 class sessions covering the following:


Lectures (2 hr x 10 weeks)
Hands-on instruction (2 hr x 8 weeks)
Seminars (2 hrs x 2 weeks)
Critiques and reviews of works in progress (2 hrs x 2 weeks)
Guided reading and homework assignments

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to give students the opportunity to show their understanding of moving image narrative, using their knowledge of camera composition and it effects, the lighting and sound and the pace of the production. Feedback on initial scripts and coursework offers opportunities for refinement and improvement on the brief in readiness for the later submission.

The assessment for this module consists of:


Coursework  – Creative Project (40%)
Coursework  – Creative Project (60%)


Formative assessment


The module includes weekly assignments covering the production skills required for each of the briefs.
Continuous formative assessment is given through timetabled group critiques and individual tutorials. Work-in-progress presented will be given direct feedback regarding its quality and standard at these times.
During the 2 seminar sessions held the week prior to submission of assessed works, students are given individualised technical support and immediate feedback on their works in progress.


Feedback

Students receive written feedback on their coursework and verbal feedback on their practical work throughout the module, particularly workshops.

Reading list

Reading list for THE ART OF VISUAL STORY TELLING : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/dma1009

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.