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COMM5800M Final Independent Project

60 creditsClass Size: 35

Module manager: Miriam Kent

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The Final Independent Project module allows you to develop a major piece of creative practice in response to a specific critical theme. Your creative practice may involve stills (e.g. a photographic series or photobook), moving image (e.g. a fiction film, documentary or video essay) or a convergent digital text (e.g. a hybrid piece that combines motion and stills). In addition, you will research, plan, and write a 6000-word critical essay in which you will reflect on the project that you have developed. 


This module aims to support students as they undertake a substantial practical project, providing them with the tools they need to:
- Design and complete an individual project exploring contemporary lens-based practices.
- Apply critical thinking to advance their creative practice and evaluate it as a means of exploring critical and theoretical concepts.
- Engage in creative practice that reflects an awareness of the distinctions and synergies between film and photography in conveying ideas and concepts.
- Work with an awareness of relevant ethical considerations, self-direction and reflexivity.
- Manage their time effectively and respond to strict professional deadlines.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
LO1 - Comprehension of key ongoing debates and critical thinking within contemporary practice.
LO2 - Proficiency in planning and executing projects using current technology.
LO3 - Application of theoretical frameworks from contemporary practitioners and critical thinkers to inform convergent film, photography and media practices.
LO4 - Capacity to critique and position their own practice within various contexts.
LO5 - Competence in presenting work professionally and exploring the commercial potential of their creations.

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
SLO6 - Critically analyse existing media and theoretical frameworks to inform creative decision-making, while situating creative work within broader cultural, social, and industry contexts.
SLO7 - Engage in critical reflection on personal creative processes, project outcomes, and the broader implications of these.
SLO8 - Efficiently plan and execute projects within specified timelines, balancing creative processes with practical constraints and ethical processes.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Practical Demonstration11.001.00
Group learning81.008.00
Private study hours574.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through the project proposal, performance in the preparatory workshops, attendance monitoring, and through regular supervisory meetings that will be scheduled as part of the planning process. In addition students will be monitored regularly through the submission of work in progress.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayReflective essay 6,000 words50.00
AssignmentCreative output - 5-minute film OR photographic series OR photo book/digital publication OR hybrid media text50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit by original assessment method available.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/05/2024 09:20:42


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