Department of Film Production and Digital Media-ADVANCED DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

Programme specification form

ADVANCED DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

1. PROGRAMME AIMS AND RATIONALE

1.1. Aims

The ADVANCED DIPLOMA programme in Film Production and Digital Media at Nile Source Polytechnic of Applied Arts offers a range of approaches to theoretical, critical, practical and creative work in filmmaking and production, which are relevant to students’ futures in their artistic works. Students engage with the analysis, theory, develop the practical, technical and conceptual skills involved in the making of digital video work. They are also given the opportunity to initiate, negotiate and deliver practical projects.

The ADVANCED DIPLOMA programme in Film Production and Digital Media aims to make Nile Source Polytechnic of Applied Arts a beacon for practice in Film Production and Digital Media in Rwanda by using an integrated approach, with practice informed by theory and theory illuminated by practice. In initiating this programme, the Nile Source Polytechnic of Applied Arts has a particular interest in vernacular creativity via film and digital media. Engagement is also a key part of what it aims to do and it is closely linked with the creative industries in Rwanda and in the region.
Through its programme in Film Production and Digital Media, NSPA has a notable achievement of having introduced this new, unique and attractive programme in Rwanda in the field of applied arts.
The specific aims of the ADVANCED DIPLOMA programme in Film Production and Digital Media are to:
1. Offer an integrated perspective of theoretical, critical, practical and creative work in filmmaking, relevant to students’ expectations in work or further study;
2. Offer a balanced approach to the main stages in film production: pre-production, production and post-production;
3. Engage critically with the analysis, theory and practice in ways which complement inform and underpin creative film practice and production;
4. Develop the practical, critical and conceptual skills involved in digital media;
5. Develop skills in communication, film and digital media management, marketing and distribution.

1.2. Admission requirements

Any student who has successfully completed secondary school can be admitted, in compliance with HEC regulations on admission in high education institutions.

1.3. Course structure and mode of delivery

The programme comprises 4 years. Each year comprises at least 6 modules to be evenly spread across two semesters on a full-time basis. The total of credits for every year is 120 credits.

2. PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES (include modules not bearing credit)

Knowledge and Understanding
At the end of the programme students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
1. The ways in which theoretical, critical, practical and creative work in film can be combined to produce a range of audio-visual products and underpin ongoing professional and personal development;
2. A range of modes of film practice;
3. The ways in which ICT contributes in film production and digital media;
4. Maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of film production equipment;
5. Safety and regulations of equipment and film production work place;
6. The relationship between film industry, digital media and the sociology of art, philosophy and logic;
7. The processes linking various types of filmmaking, production, distribution, circulation and consumption;
8. A range of communication skills for a filmmaker;
9. Camera techniques and operations;
10. Sound recording in digital media and film production;
11. Key crafting and production processes, professional practices relating to film production, including financial, market, legal, ethical, regulatory and technical contexts;
12. Key skills of audio and video editing;
13. A substantial range of film theories and genres;
14. Screenplay writing and acting for screen;
15. Aesthetic, formal, narrative, representational and generic qualities of a wide variety of films;
16. New and emergent film technologies, forms and digital media.

Cognitive/Intellectual skills/Application of Knowledge

At the end of the programme students should be able to:

1. Analyse critically modes of film production, including links between types of production, distribution, circulation and consumption;
2. Develop creative ideas, concepts and projects in film industry and digital media;
3. Produce audio-visual products informed by relevant cultural, market, theoretical and/or critical contexts and issues;
4. Demonstrate technical competencies in specific aspects of audio-visual production;
5. Analyse a range of documentary and fiction films of different genres.

Communication/ICT/Numeracy/Analytic Techniques/Practical Skills

At the end of the programme students should be able to:
1. Work flexibly, creatively and independently;
2. Demonstrate a problem solving approach to tasks in the field of film production and digital media;
3. Carry out sustained independent film production;
4. Present ideas, treatments or arguments logically and cogently in the field of film production and digital media;
5. Communicate effectively, orally and publically, in a variety of interpersonal settings for pitching their ideas;
6. Communicate effectively in written and other media forms especially in English;
7. Work productively in a group or team as film director, actor or another crew member in film production;
8. Reflect on work they have undertaken, including monitoring their own learning and identifying areas of strength, improvement and weakness.
General transferable skills

At the end of the programme students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate and gain credit for graduate level key skills in communication, digital media and filmmaking; problem solving, working with others and improving own learning;
2. Demonstrate critical skills of interpretation and evaluation in film production and digital media;
3. Present their artistic work in accordance with standard academic and professional conventions;
4. Undertake sustained independent artistic work in film production or digital media;
5. Show a capacity to innovate and experiment and to be adaptable, creative and self-reflexive in their work.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

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AWARD: ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF ARTS IN FILM PRODUCTION AND DIGITAL MEDIA

3. LEARNING AND TEACHING STRATEGY

Learning and teaching take place in a wide variety of modes, including face to face teaching, screenings of films, seminars, practical demonstrations, workshops and tutorials, with input from industry professionals, as well as a variety of guided and self-directed learning. The aim is always to promote student-centred learning and to enhance students’ capacities as independent learners who can develop both professionally and personally.

4. ASSESSMENT STRATEGY

Assessment is continuous (CAT system), with submissions both during and at the end of the modules. Feedback on progress is given informally in a number of formative exercises. Formal assessment modes include essay, reports, oral presentations and practical works. Greater emphasis is placed on negotiated and independent work as the student progresses through the degree, culminating in the production of a film or a digital media project in Year 4.

5. STUDENT PROFILE

Graduates in this programme of Film Production and Digital Media progress to a range of careers or other destinations including independent film and video production, sound engineering, audio and video editing, cinematography, lighting, media marketing, management and advertising, multimedia, production design, film and digital media teaching, and a wide variety of postgraduate courses.

6. SPECIFIC ADMISSION CRITERIA

Any student who has successfully completed secondary school can be admitted, in compliance with HEC regulations on admission in high education institutions.

7. STRATEGY FOR STUDENT SUPPORT

Students benefit from collective and individual academic support where they can discuss their work on the programme modules and get support with coursework. Particularly, supportive approaches of the teaching team will enable students to work, improve and make the most of their studies. Each student will receive guidance on study skills and personal development. NSPA will provide special help with career guidance and counselling.

8. PROGRAMME-SPECIFIC NEED FOR RESOURCES AND UNUSUAL DEMANDS ON INSTITUTIONAL RESOURCES

There are no specific needs for the programme in terms of resources as nearly all courses making up the programme are also offered by lecturers available in the country with a proven experience in film production and media teaching. As well, classrooms, materials and Film Production Studio space required to deliver the programme are available.

9. STRATEGIES FOR CONTINUOUS ENHANCEMENT AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

There will be a continuous curriculum enhancement. The insight into the performance of the curriculum will come from the experience of students. The most effective strategies are those moving beyond listening to students as clients and recognise the importance of students as partners and co-collaborators throughout the design cycle.
There will be a redesign of courses to better address the needs of students and employers. Teaching staff will be able to focus more keenly on the benefits for students to use visualisations to prompt discussion and generate feedback.
Nile Source Polytechnic of Applied Arts will create reflective workshop resources underpinned by pedagogical principles to enable stakeholders to collaborate more effectively on curriculum redesign.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES

As recommended to any higher education institution in Rwanda, Nile Source Polytechnic of Applied Arts will be committed to ensuring the development of its entire staff and be committed to continuous staff training and staff development. Especially, the academic staff will be given the opportunity to participate in staff development that will enable them to improve the skills in applied arts teaching for enhancing the NSPA’s capacity to be a centre of excellence in film production and digital media teaching.

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR EACH LEVEL

Level One

Knowledge and Understanding
At the end of the programme of Level I should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
1. the relationship between film industry, digital media and the sociology of art, philosophy and logic;
2. a substantial range of film theories and genres;
3. the ways in which ICT contributes in film production and digital media;
4. Camera techniques and operations;
5. Sound recording in digital media and film production.

Cognitive/Intellectual skills/Application of Knowledge
At the end of the programme of Level I students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate critical skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation in film production and digital media;
2. Demonstrate technical competencies in specific aspects of video practice and production.
Communication/ICT/Numeracy/Analytic Techniques/Practical Skills
At the end of the programme of Level I students should be able to:

1. Communicate effectively in written and oral forms especially in English and French;
2. Work flexibly, creatively with or without supervision.
General transferable skills

At the end of the programme of Level I, students should be able to demonstrate analytical skills in film theory and practical skills in cinematography working with or without others and improving own learning.

Level Two

Knowledge and Understanding
At the end of the programme of Level II, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

1. New and emergent film technologies, forms and digital media;
2. Fundamental skills in documentary and fiction film production;
3. Basic audio and video editing;
4. Maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of film production equipment;
5. Safety and regulations of equipment and film production work place.
Cognitive/Intellectual skills/Application of Knowledge
At the end of the programme of Level II, students should be able to:

1. Write treatments or arguments logically and cogently in the field of film production and digital media;
2. Present ideas, treatments or arguments logically and cogently in the field of film production and digital media;
3. Use emergent film technologies, forms and digital media;
4. Produce documentary films informed by relevant cultural, market, theoretical and/or critical contexts and issues;
5. Edit an audiovisual artistic works using professional softwares;
6. Analyse critically a range of documentary and fiction films of different genres;
7. Maintain, troubleshoot and repair film production equipment.
Communication/ICT/Numeracy/Analytic Techniques/Practical Skills

At the end of the programme of Level II, students should be able to:
1. Communicate effectively in written and other media forms especially in English;
2. Communicate effectively orally in a variety of interpersonal settings;
3. Work flexibly, creatively with minimum supervision.

General transferable skills

At the end of the programme of Level II, students should be able to demonstrate practical skills in film direction production, camera maintenance, audio-visual and digital media editing and documentary film writing and production.

Level Three

Knowledge and Understanding

At the end of the programme of Level III students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
1. Technical competencies in specific aspects of video practice and production;
2. Productive work in a group or team as film director, actor or another crew member in film production;
3. Screenplay writing and acting for screen;
4. A range of modes of film practice;
5. Advanced audio and video editing.
Cognitive/Intellectual skills/Application of Knowledge

At the end of the programme of Level III students should be able to:
1. Analyse critically modes of film production, including links between types of production, distribution, circulation and consumption;
2. Develop creative ideas, concepts and projects informed by appropriate production design and judgments’ of feasibility of film production;
3. Act for screen.
Communication/ICT/Numeracy/Analytic Techniques/Practical Skills

At the end of the programme of Level III students should be able to:
1. Communicate effectively orally in a public environment;
2. Work flexibly, creatively without need of supervision;
3. Demonstrate a problem solving approach to tasks in the field of film production and digital media.

General transferable skills

At the end of the programme of Level III, students should be able to demonstrate advanced practical skills in film directing, screenplay writing, acting, production design and audio-visual and digital media editing for both documentary and fiction films.

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