MP6043 - Practice-based Research Project

What will I learn on this module?

This module is the capstone project in your degree and enables you to concentrate on an area of film practice that is of great interest to you. The module invites you to conduct significant practice-based research utilising your creative skills. Your choice of topic may arise from a specific interest developed through theoretical and/or practical experience on the degree in previous years and/or from extra-curricular or professional contexts. The module is flexible to your interests, passions and future directions: tutors will work with you to help you develop topics that are exciting and innovative. Your in-depth research skills will translate into polished final outputs, equipping you with knowledge of contemporary film practice, technological insight and a professional and employable skill set and expertise relevant to further study at MA and PhD level.

How will I learn on this module?

This capstone module gets you the opportunity to produce a portfolio of work that is the culmination and demonstration of all that you have learned in the programme modules. You propose your own research project on an area of film practice. The resulting work is presented in via a creative portfolio of work alongside a written critical evaluation engaging with the ideas and materials of your portfolio. Via its emphasis on guided independent work, the module allows you to develop personal insight while being supported by the teaching team’s experience and expertise. Outside of the taught sessions, you will be expected to engage with module-relevant reading in preparation for the sessions. An electronic reading list is supplied via the e-Learning Portal, which will guide you towards appropriate resources, although you are encouraged to explore the wider library catalogue to engage with additional sources too. During your independent working time, it is also expected that you will apply the ideas raised in the reading and the taught content to film and media examples of your own choosing (reflecting your individual interests), and to your own practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

We support your learning by providing on-going feedback (formative and summative) through the range of teaching and learning approaches offered. We ask you to submit your work electronically, and we will supply feedback via Turnitin. You will be able to compare your feedback across modules so that you can assess your development as you progress through the programme.
Formative assessment is offered throughout the module, and summative assignments will receive written feedback within 20 working days of assignment submission. Every tutor has set weekly feedback and tutorial drop-in hours, wherein you can seek advice on your academic progress. Where appropriate you may also be directed to engage with our Skills Plus or other resources offered through the University Student Support Services such as Dyslexia Support. Guidance tutorials also provide opportunities for students to discuss, in confidence, their academic progress on the programme.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Display evidence of critical thinking in the development of your own specialism and practice by assembling an appropriate creative portfolio.

• Defend/account for your concepts with reasoned judgement through the creation of a portfolio of work.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Identify and contextualise your personal practice in relation to film practice.

• Demonstrate sound technical proficiency in the manipulation of materials and knowledge of appropriate technology.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Engage with professional contexts and industry to articulate the necessary skills to become innovative, collaborative and ethical practitioners in the creative industries.

How will I be assessed?

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT: To prepare you successfully to undertake the summative assessment(s) on this module, formative assessments will be set by the module team. These may take the form of in-class tasks or projects, developmental activities undertaken between classes, or learning exercises/activities set over a longer period. Feedback (written and/or oral) will be provided to help you learn from, reflect on, and develop in light of these formative assessments.

Summative assessment: There are two summative assessments on this module:

1) A research proposal (1500 words) outlining your project and practice-based approach and annotated documentation of research and development work. (25%)

2) A creative portfolio of work and a (3000 words) written critical evaluation and contextualisation of the work and process. (75%)

You will receive formative feedback from your peers and the module tutor throughout the course, allowing you to apprehend how your critical skills are developing. You will receive a detailed commentary and a summative mark on your work in accordance with the assessment (supplied on the eLP). Under normal circumstances, you will receive written feedback on your summative submissions within 20 working days. The feedback will normally be supplied electronically as part of the ESAF process. This feedback will provide a detailed account of your skills, critical engagement and communicative ability, as well as supporting future learning by indicating areas for development. You can also request additional verbal feedback on your submissions by arranging a meeting with the module tutor.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module is the capstone project in your degree and enables you to concentrate on an area of film practice that is of great interest to you. The module invites you to conduct significant independent research, supported by a supervisor and resulting in a creative portfolio of work. The module is flexible to your interests, passions and future directions: tutors will work with you to help you develop topics that are exciting and innovative. Your in-depth research skills will translate into polished final outputs, equipping you with industry-standard knowledge of contemporary practice, technological insight and a professional and employable skill set.

Course info

UCAS Code P315

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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