Independent Film Project

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
04 April 2023


Requisites for this module
LT121 and LT122 and (LT225 or LT226)



Key module for


Module description

Independent Study is a research project. It gives you an opportunity to pursue a particular enthusiasm that might not be covered in your taught modules, or to take an aspect of a taught module that has caught your imagination a step further, pursuing it in depth; and it offers invaluable training. It will help you develop a high level of organisation and self-discipline which will be invaluable as you move on to further study and/or employment; it asks for a willingness to focus with determination on one subject for more an extended period of time.

All second year film students undertake an Independent Study Project (ISP) in the third year, under supervision by a member of staff. Your supervisor will guide you and help you shape your project.

The Independent Film Project is intended to be an investigation into an aspect of cinema and/or related media, with practical, written, and presentation components. It is designed by the student and examined by a film (approx. 15 minutes) and a portfolio including a script, production diary, and 3500-word written dissertation. The project includes an assessed presentation. The autumn term will be led by the module supervisor, with attendance at weekly timetabled classes to support the development of your research. Based on your assessed research proposal, you will be assigned a project supervisor in the autumn term, and will be expected to meet twice with them during the autumn, and regularly during the spring term.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

1. To enhance filmmaking and storytelling skills through practice and supervised engagement with scholarship and film language.
2. To support the process of filmmaking and scholarly research, encouraging the development of technical skills, research interests, and independent critical thinking.
3. To enhance skills developed during years 1 and 2.
4. To foster independent learning by carrying a significant independent project through the planning, production, and post-production processes.
5. Supervision will focus on advising on research materials and resources, ensuring an awareness of the tasks that need to be carried out and making suggestions for time management.
6. To encourage collaboration with others where needed during production and post-production, enhancing communication and team-building skills.
7. To further develop an understanding of the relationship between critical analysis and practice.

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should:

1. Be able to show an appreciation of film practice from creative and technical perspectives
2. Have a clearer understanding of production processes
3. Understand key skills refined by reference to film history and film theory
4. Have developed a critical awareness of a range of research methodologies
5. Demonstrate critical and analytical skills/knowledge in understanding of cinema practices and key concepts
6. Have developed their production, editing and organisational skills
7. Be able to demonstrate an understanding of and communication with collaborators in the film

Module information

Estelle Barrett, Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry
Students will compile a relevant bibliography during research
Further module materials will be available on moodle

Learning and teaching methods

Anticipated teaching delivery: Combination of 1-hour seminars and tutorials.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   500 word Independent Project Proposal    10% 
Coursework   Presentation    15% 
Coursework   Practical Film/Media Project    45% 
Coursework   Written dissertation    30% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Tasos Giapoutzis, email:
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Dr Andrew Birtwistle
Canterbury Christ Church University
Reader in Film and Sound
Available via Moodle
Of 44 hours, 14 (31.8%) hours available to students:
30 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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