Introduction to Fiction Filmmaking (P5009)

30 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

Creative Film Production
In each of these courses listed below you will do one of four areas: screen drama, sound design, screenwriting and documentary video. You are introduced to basic technical skills, software manipulation and aesthetic practices associated with each area. You will conceive, research, develop and produce a small film-related project as directed by a tutor. This project is an initial foray into a filmmaking mode or focus, which you will have opportunity to explore further at level 2.

Screen Drama:
This course introduces you to narrative using the moving image. It encourages you to reflect critically on issues of form and representation in relation to your own work. You learn key processes and techniques involved in film production: 

  • research
  • scripting
  • camera
  • sound
  • editing. 

You will work in a team to complete exercises in and out of class, and produce a completed film project to a set brief.


18%: Lecture
82%: Practical (Practical, Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: