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Unit information: Creative Technologies in 2021/22

Unit name Creative Technologies
Unit code FATV20021
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Denison
Open unit status Not open

FATV10001 Filmmaking Fundamentals



School/department Department of Film and Television
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit explores how different moving image technologies, such as 35mm film, widescreen, 3D film and virtual reality, can create different kinds of experiences for viewers and different creative opportunities for practitioners. Exploring key aspects of different technologies, such as their material, aesthetic, narrative and affective potentials, this unit combines close analysis of technological form with issues of historical and industrial change. The unit aims to develop student understanding of how the material circumstances of production and display constrain and enable new narrative and aesthetic forms.


  1. To explore and understand different moving image technologies;
  2. To situate technological change within historical, aesthetic and industrial contexts;
  3. To explore the affective, aesthetic and narrative implications of different moving image technologies;
  4. To develop a film-related work that engages with questions of moving image technology.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Employ the specific potentials of different film-related technologies in the realization of a creative work;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of moving image technologies in relation to their aesthetic, affective and material qualities;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which creative practice and audience experience relates to the specificities of different technological forms;
  4. Analyse the relation between technological forms and aesthetic, cultural and historical contexts;
  5. Articulate an understanding of the aesthetic, material and technological aspects of a creative project, and translate this into practice.

Teaching Information

Weekly 3-hour workshop + weekly 2-hour screening-seminar, production tutorials and practical work (both independent and partially supervised).

Assessment Information

10-minute film-related work (50%) ILO 1-3, 5

2500 word reflexive account of practical work (50%) ILO 2-5


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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