Note: Please check the equipment requirements in the Enrolment section to see what is required for each paper.
The programme is made up of the following papers:
Core compulsory papers â€“ all three must be completed:
DDF101 Video and Audio Craft (Level 5) 15 credits
Low cost digital cameras have revolutionised film, television and multimedia production, just as low cost computer editing and recording equipment has had an impact on audio production. This paper aims to give students fundamental skills and confidence in using digital video cameras, fundamental audio skills, and the principles that underpin digital video and audio.
In the video section, students will learn fundamental skills of camera operation such as to expose, focus, and white-balance. They will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of camera continuity and be able to compose shots in a professional manner.
Students will also learn to choose and place microphones and record sound. They will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the basic principles of sound, and the principles of analogue and digital sound recording.
This paper is a prerequisite (must be done before) for DDF131 and DDF201.
DDF104 Short Film Screenwriting (Level 5) 15 credits
An understanding of the craft of telling a story is essential to many areas of creative endeavour. Apart from screenwriting, the material covered in this paper and its follow-up paper DDF 204 are essential to gaining insights into all the other papers in this course, since it is not only the technical skills a student must develop, but the story-telling skills to know where to use those technical skills.
In this paper students will develop an understanding of short film structures and through weekly exercises will develop their creative writing skills. The course is structured around sixteen short exercises that will involve students writing short screenplays to a given brief. The studentsâ€™ skills will be encapsulated in their major project: an original short film screenplay.
This paper is a prerequisite (must be done before) for DDF131 and DDF204.
DDF105 Video Editing (Level 5) 15 credits
This paper deals with the aesthetics and practicalities of combining moving images.
Students are introduced to editing continuity and methods of editing to accentuate the narrative and through the study of established works gain insights into the main approaches to editing. Editing aesthetics is seen as the choice of which image follows which, and as such is not dependent on any particular technology.
The practical side of the paper focuses on the use of the nonlinear video editing packages Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro, but the material presented is easily transferable to any comparable system. Students will learn to capture and combine material and perform basic manipulations.
This paper is a prerequisite (must be done before) for DDF205, DDF131 and DDF201.
Elective papers â€“ choose five from the following:
DDF102 Music for Film (Level 5) 15 credits
Music can be one of the most important aspects in filmmaking, and the ability to choose and describe music is an essential skill. Further to this, it is becoming increasingly possible for filmmakers, even those with little or no musical skill, to make their own music.
For non-musicians this paper is intended to give the student the ability to describe music and to communicate with musicians, to have a greater understanding of the musical requirements of drama, and to create music.
For students with musical skill and ability this paper will develop the students understanding of the special requirements of writing music for film.
DDF109 DVD Authoring (Level 5) 15 credits
The DVD is becoming the preferred mode of delivery for video footage. The equipment and media needed to author DVDs for video has decreased in cost to the point where it is within the reach of filmmakers. It is the aim of this paper to develop the studentsâ€™ awareness of the aesthetic of DVD authoring and practicalities of navigation. In addition to this the technical aspects of DVD authoring will also be studied.
DDP108 is the prerequisite for this paper.
DDF110 Media Culture (Level 5) 15 credits
We live in a culture rich in images, from advertising graphics to Art-haus cinema. Many of these images, especially those associated with postmodernism and advertising, are referential. The aim of this paper is to broaden the studentsâ€™ knowledge of the culture in which we live, where our culture has come from, and where it might go next. From this paper students will gain a greater ability to contextualise the images that bombard us daily, and to create new forms borrowing from, rather than repeating, the past.
DDF131 Short Film Project (Level 5) 15 credits
In this paper students apply the knowledge gained from other papers in the programme by completing their own short digital video project. In addition to sharpening skills already acquired, students will learn to manage the resources needed for the project and will develop qualities of leadership and teamwork.
DDF101, DDF104, and DDF105 are the prerequisites for this paper.
DDF201 Digital Cinematography (Level 6) 15 credits
This paper builds upon the skills acquired in DDF101, and extends these further using the problem based approach. Students will learn to master the operation of professional level cameras to record both audio and video to get optimal results suitable for broadcast. The course will conclude with a major project that allows the student to demonstrate all their skills.
DDF101 and DDF105 are the prerequisites for this paper.
DDF204 Feature Film Screenwriting (Level 6) 15 credits
Building on the skills developed in DDF104 Screenwriting, this paper is concerned with the writing of a full scale feature length script in the Hollywood three act structure. Students will also look develop an understanding of genre in screenwriting. This paper is intended as a follow-on to DDF104, and it is assumed that students entering this paper will be able to write in the standard format and be aware of screenwriting conventions.
DDF104 is the prerequisite for this paper.
DDF205 Advanced Video Editing (Level 6) 15 credits
This paper embodies a practical approach to video editing and builds upon the work completed in DDF105. The focus of the paper is mostly technical, and the work assumes a basic knowledge of non-linear editing.
The paper is based on a series of short assignments of increasing difficulty that promote not only technical skill, but a creative approach and the ability to self-critique the student's own work.
DDF105 is the prerequisite for this paper.
DDF231 Short Film Project II (Level 6) 15 credits
In this paper students build on the experience acquired in DDF131 to complete a short digital video project to professional standards. Whereas in DDF131 students work to a level appropriate for Level 5 students, in DDF231 the final deliverables are expected to be close to professional standard. Students will need to either have access to professional cameras or to write a script that can be achieved by using the equipment available (e.g. The Blair Witch Project).
DDF131 is the prerequisite for this paper.
DDP103 Practical Photography 1 (Level 5) 15 credits
Digital cameras have revolutionised photographic practice, both in terms of consumer-level point-and-shoot cameras as well as for high-end professional applications. This paper aims to give students fundamental skills and confidence in using still (as opposed to video) digital cameras and the principles that underpin digital photography.
Given that technology is constantly improving an important aspect of the course is a focus on skills that do not date â€“ composition, lens focal lengths, use of bokeh and so forth. Students may find that a few years after completing the course that much of the technology existing when they did the course is becoming obsolete, but fundamental photographic skills do not change, and a student well versed in fundamental skills will easily adapt to changes in technology.
DDP106 Photoshop for Photography (Level 5) 15 credits
Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard still image processing application, and is in wide use not only among photographers but also with multimedia and video editing professionals. This paper deals with the use of Photoshop in relation to digital still photography.
The paper is based around a series of weekly assignments that students will undertake.
This paper is a useful counterpart to DDPF103 in that Photoshop functions as a 'digital darkroom' for the digital camera. Also this paper relates to DDF108 which uses Photoshop as a tool for graphic design.
DDP108 Graphic Design (Level 5) 15 credits
This paper deals with the presentation and manipulation of still images and type. This paper gives students the confidence to use Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to manipulate images and type, to gain an understanding of design principles, and the ability to apply those principles in a practical context.
The opening sections of the course deal with the basic operation of the software and the fundamentals of design theory. The second section of the course presents the students with a series of design problems of increasing difficulty. This approach allows students to implement the material presented in the opening section in a creative and motivating manner.
The companion paper DDP106 focuses on the use of Photoshop in the preparation of photographic images. Although there is some necessary duplication, the main focus of this paper is on design choice rather than image manipulation.
This paper is a prerequisite (must be done before) for DDF109.
DDP206 Advanced Photoshop (Level 3) 15 credits
This paper embodies a practical approach to image editing in Photoshop and builds upon the work completed in DDP106. The paper assumes a basic knowledge of Photoshop. The paper is modelled on the â€˜problem solvingâ€™ approach, and is based on a series of short assignments of increasing difficulty that promote not only technical skill, but a creative approach and the ability to self-critique the student's own work.
DDP106 is the prerequisite for this paper.