Practice Led Dissertation FTV5046P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

In this course students apply practical and critical skills learnt in the core courses of the proposed MSc in Film-making Media Arts to complete a substantial film-making/media arts project. Students work independently, guided through close consultation with academic and practical teaching staff, on a project of their own choosing.


Students undertake the practice led dissertation between March and September. They undertake an average of 10 hours of individual tutorials with academic supervisors, 10 hours of project supervision with the practical teacher and 30 hours supervised workshop seessions.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level and an average grade of C3 or higher in the MSc in Film-Making and Media Arts core courses


Practical Workshop 1: Writing the Pitch

Practical Workshop 2: Pilot Project


Film-Making/Media Arts project: Students will submit a substantial film making/media arts project. This may take the form of a 30 minute (approx.) film, a series of short films totalling approx. 30 mins. A media art installation or a piece of computer-based art. These will be assessed by a panel of academic staff and an external practitioner based on technical and aesthetic criteria. (75%)


Essay: Students will write a 3,000 word essay that accompanies their project. In this essay they detail the research that went in to realising their final project, situating their practice within historical/theoretical discussions in the field of film studies, art theory and visual culture studies. (25%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Develop students ability to manage to completion a substantial film-making/media arts project

■ Develop skills in critical reflection on practice through one-on-one supervisory sessions

■ Allow students to apply and enhance a set of skills attained in the practical core courses of the MSc in Film-Making and Media Arts

■ Allow students to demonstrate professional standards in the presentation of research material

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Work independently to realise a substantial film-making/media arts project

■ Demonstrate a high level of technical skills, as applied in their final project

■ Demonstrate their ability to make informed independent aesthetic decisions, as applied in their final project

■ Demonstrate awareness of how their work contributes to the field of film-making/media arts

■ Apply skills of critical reflection in their practice

■ Work with an academic supervisor to articulate theory and practice

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.