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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

COMM5815M Cinematics and Photography

30 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: Stephen Hay

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

Experience in practical photography or digital film at undergraduate intermediary or advanced level, or equivalent.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module explores the relationships between photography, cinematography, narrative communication and dramatic expressions, explored through a combination of academic research into developments in independent filmmaking and experience of creating a narrative through digital filmmaking.


Cinematics and Photography explores the relationship between photographic creativity, optical science and the nature of cinema. Following consideration of the current state of convergence, seminars will explore key examples from the range of cinematographic styles possible. Students will then have the opportunity to experience practical production of a short film project, underpinned with analysis of cinematic form-content in a case-study essay.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. demonstrate knowledge of the critical relationship between still photography
and cinematography.
2. analyse the impact of lenses and digital image grading on film expression.
3. show cinematographic skills through digital filmmaking.
4. understand how their own practice relates to contemporary and historical
creative norms / contexts.


Cinema as '24 photographs per second'; Photographic and cinematic convergence; Developing photographic technologies and the liberation of independent cinema; Motion graphics and image manipulation; Lens properties in relation to different still and motion film formats, including digital video; Photographic depth of field as an expressive and dramatic device. Zoom lenses vs Fixed (aka 'prime') lenses. Digital filmmaking.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning56.0030.00
Private study hours250.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Group seminar and work-in-progress session research and preparation. (60 hours)
Essay research, development and production. (60 hours)
Individual and group production planning and organisation. (60 hours)
Production and post-production practice. (60 hours)
Independent Online learning: Avid Media Composer video tutorials. (10 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be monitored through a number of ongoing mechanisms throughout the duration of the module including attendance, participation in classes and through assessments. In addition further monitoring will take place through:
Tutor/peer discussions and reflective feedback on project ideas during weeks 2 – 3.
Group and individual feedback during work-in-progress sessions in weeks 4 – 9.
Q & A feedback during production group tutorials.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation1 x 3,0000 - 3500 words60.00
Group ProjectVideo 4-6 mins*40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit information: Resits are available for both components. Students are to complete an alternative essay and film project (either joining a group outside the cohort or doing an individual production of reduced length)

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/05/2016


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