Module UXS-3074:
Short film production

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Joanna Wright

Overall aims and purpose

The aim of this module is to allow students to produce a short dramatic film, and to locate this process of production within an industrial and academic context. Students will work in groups of 4, under the supervision of a member of staff, to complete the short film. This film will be complemented by an essay critically analysing the production process and outcomes, as well as a production diary outlining the individual students contribution to the work

It is recommended that students wishing to follow this module complete UXS 3049 Advanced Screenwriting.

Course content

The taught element of this course will provide students with advanced instruction in four elements of short film production

  • Video recording
  • Sound recording
  • Video editing
  • Sound editing and dubbing

Supervisory sessions will be tailored to each group's individual needs, and will be mapped out at the beginning of the module, in consultation with each group's individual supervisor. Supervisors will provide students with consistent feedback on their work, and will co-operate with them to identify areas where there is a need for development, providing guidance on how each group, and each individual student, can improve their work through both guided tutoring and student-led learning.

Assessment Criteria



  • Knowledge of key areas/principles only
  • Weaknesses in understanding of main areas
  • Limited evidence of background study
  • Answer only poorly focussed on question and with some irrelevant material and poor structure
  • Arguments presented but lack coherence
  • Several factual/computational errors
  • No original interpretation
  • Only major links between topics are described
  • Limited problem solving
  • Many weaknesses in presentation and accuracy



  • Knowledge of key areas/principles
  • Understands main areas
  • Limited evidence of background study
  • Answer focussed on question but also with some irrelevant material and weaknesses in structure
  • Arguments presented but lack coherence
  • Has several factual/computational errors
  • No original interpretation
  • Only major links between topics are described
  • Limited problem solving
  • Some weaknesses in presentation and accuracy


  • Strong knowledge
  • Understands most but not all
  • Evidence of background study
  • Focussed answer with good structure
  • Arguments presented coherently
  • Mostly free of factual/computational errors
  • Some limited original interpretation
  • Well known links between topics are described
  • Problems addressed by existing methods/approaches
  • Good presentation with accurate communication



  • Comprehensive knowledge
  • Detailed understanding
  • Extensive background study
  • Highly focussed answer and well structured
  • Logically presented and defended arguments
  • No factual/computational errors
  • Original interpretation
  • New links between topics are developed
  • New approach to a problem
  • Excellent presentation with very accurate communication

Learning outcomes

  1. Explain and apply the key processes involved in short film production

  2. Demonstrate advanced technical skill in one aspect of a group media production

  3. Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a production team, clearly articulating their personal contribution to the team's work

  4. Produce an appropriate length short film of a high standard.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Essay 40
Portfolio 60

Teaching and Learning Strategy


3 hour workshop (Weeks 1,2 6, and 7 only) where students undertake tasks in order to develop specific production skills


Weekly, 1 hour meeting where each group of 4 students meets with their supervisor for 30 minutes to discuss progress on their practical work x 11 Weeks

Private study 183

Transferable skills

  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: