Creative Film Dissertation (EAF3516)

StaffDr Felicity Gee - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to provide the opportunity, at the end of a student's BA programme, to pursue a sustained piece of creative visual work. A project is chosen by the student, in consultation with an academic member of staff, and thereafter the student completes the work, along with a related self-reflexive essay, under appropriate academic supervision. The module therefore develops qualities of independence, active learning, research and writing.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a capacity to produce a piece of creative visual work, as agreed by their supervisor
  • 2. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of their chosen genre and styles of film making/critical commentary

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Present persuasive arguments in both visual and written formats
  • 4. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of a variety of theoretical positions and ideas

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Through writing the critical commentary, demonstrate appropriate research and bibliographic skills
  • 6. Through producing the film or video essay, demonstrate advanced skills of creative expression and use of audio-visual technology

Syllabus plan

Students will attend a compulsory group meeting in the autumn, and submit a proposed dissertation title before leaving for the Christmas break. Supervisors will be assigned by the beginning of second semester, and students will have two group workshops at the beginning of that semester. They have 3 meetings with their supervisions over the course of the semester.

Responsibility for the selection and development of a topic of research is left to individual students, though they are invited to discuss it with one or more members of staff. There is no specific training in film-making or video-essay making and students will have to demonstrate prior ability. Film students will have already discussed and studied video essays in EAF1503 and this is a pre-requisite.

The completed Dissertation Proposal Form, signed by a member of staff, must be submitted to the departmental office by the specified deadline in term 1 of the student’s final year. Allocation of an individual supervisor will be organised and confirmed in the first week of Term 2. Early in the term the supervisor will arrange a group meeting. There is also a special Library talk geared to the needs of dissertation research, and other workshops introducing key skills of research, writing and time management.

The student should have a written plan of his or her dissertation ready for discussion at the first meeting. It is then the student's responsibility to arrange and attend three further 20-minute supervisions during the term. Supervisors will read and comment on up to 1,500 words of written drafts or up to 2 mins of visual material.


Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Independent learning279Film/essay production, reading, writing

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Draft extract of critical commentary or 2 min section of film/essay2,000 words or 2 minutes1,2,3,4,5,6Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Critical commentary353,0001,2,3,5,6Written
Film/video essay65Max 5 minutes for film, 8 minutes for video essay1,2,4,5,6

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Film/video essayFilm/video essay1,2,4,5,6Ref/def period
Critical commentaryCritical commentary1,2,3,4,5,6Ref/def

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

To be developed by the individual student in consultation with supervisor.

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE – The Exeter Learning Environment is an online resource which will accompany the module, offering students a forum to discuss their work and to access links to external sites that might help in their research. Electronic versions of all course materials will also be hosted at this location. The ELE site will include links to useful online resources, including Film Studies for Free resource bank of video essays and tutorials on film-making.

Available as distance learning?


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