Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Creative Practice: Film Curation FTV5057

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Students may either select a work placement with an appropriate external institution (e.g. Lux Scotland, Glasgow Film Theatre, National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive, Gallery of Modern Art) or undertake a supervised creative practice project (for e.g. audio-visual essay, an extended blog or web resource).


This course will either consist of a work placement with a suitable non-HEI partner such as the NLS Moving Image Archive, Lux Scotland, the GFT or a relevant film festival (e.g. Africa in Motion).

Alternatively, students may undertake an agreed and supervised creative practice project - for e.g. a video film essay; an online catalogue; an extended film festival blog/critical archive; or an exhibition/series of documented pop up screenings.

Teaching will therefore be dependent on the specific project agreed by the individual student and:

- For work placements: the onsite (non HEI) supervisor (for e.g. curator, festival director, archive manager) will, before the start of the placement, agree with the student and the academic supervisor the scope of an agreed project, the mode of documentation and agreed date for delivery (it is anticipated that the student's take up of this module may be responsive to timing for example of particular festivals, or to a specific project that the non-HEI partner has identified will be appropriate for the student to undertake.) Provisional projects will be scoped before the beginning of each year and students may apply competitively for these opportunities.

- For creative practice: again each individual student will have an agreed academic and practice oriented supervisor (normally the course convenor) who will agree on the scope of the project, budget and delivery date.

Students will be supported with x 2 sessions (seminars) providing detailed information to support their 'critical reflection' essay.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





1 x Evidence of satisfactory completion of work placement/delivery of creative project = 40% of final assessment

1 x 3000 word critical reflection including any documentation/material produced during placement or in process of developing creative project. = 60% of final assessment

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


It is not anticipated that it would be possible for students to be re-assessed for the work placement pathway within this course. However it may be possible for students to be reassessed in terms of creative practice project dependent on the nature of the project. For example, when such a project is closer to a work placement and there are time constraints (for e.g. an exhibition display needed to be delivered by a certain date and this was not completed or failed to reach the desired standard agreed by internal and external supervisors of the project) then the student is unlikely to have the opportunity for re-assessment. However in the delivery of a creative practice project, such as an audio-visual critical essay (which is not time dependent in the sense above) the convenor of the course may decide that the student could be eligible for reassessment if deemed appropriate.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Allow students to experience professional and/or creative practice by either: 1) working with partner institutions in the delivery of small scale projects (i.e. in film festivals, in galleries, in archives) or 2) through the production (under supervision) of a creative project (extended audio-visual essay; blog or other appropriate web material).

■ Encourage testing of theoretical and conceptual skills in real world contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Reflect critically on the importance of collaboration in the delivery of work-based or creative practice projects

■ Work with professional practitioners or to a professional standard and develop advanced skills that can contribute to similar - professional or creative - projects in the future

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.