Prerequisite and co-requisite modules
The programmes of study to which the module contributes
MSc Digital Visual Effects
MA Architectural Visualisation
The intended subject specific learning outcomes and, as appropriate, their relationship to programme learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students will:
Be able to demonstrate unequivocal professional ability in developing a showcase show reel piece.
Gain experience of project management and professional quality document preparation.
Be able to achieve and express an intelligent and informed overview that complements and enriches the practice of professional Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI).
These outcomes are related to the programme learning outcomes in the Digital Visual Effects MSc curriculum map as follows: A1, A2, A5, A7, B1-B6 and C1-C6 and in the Architectural Visualisation curriculum map: A1, A5, B1-B6, C1, C4, C5
Students will demonstrate ability in generating, analysing, presenting and interpreting data, will learn to use ICT, and will develop interpersonal skills and core key skills, such as learning effectively, critical thinking and time management, contributing to the Transferable/Key Skills in the generic learning outcomes for the programmes (D1- D3, D5-D7). They will also be asked to make presentations contributing to the effective communication learning outcome (D4).
A synopsis of the curriculum
Each student uses all the experience gained on the course to produce a digital short in high definition which showcases his or her professional visual effects skills and forms a suitable entree to a professional career.
The subject, script, models and soundtrack of the piece are agreed with the academic staff, or is a project from an Industrial collaborator.
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Learning and Teaching Methods, including the nature and number of contact hours and the total study hours which will be expected of students, and how these relate to achievement of the intended learning outcomes.
Each student produces a digital short in high definition. Learning outcomes, LO 1 and 2, and a written dissertation in which .
Etheach student demonstrates an intelligent and incisive understanding of the practicalities of producing and meaning of excellent visual effectsCGI is demonstrated, in their written dissertation. Learning outcomeLO 3.
The total workload is 600 hours, including time for research and development. The progress of the piece will be monitored with scheduled bi-weekly meetings with a supervisor, and monthly reviews with industry professionals. The supervisor will be available throughout the project for consultation.
Assessment methods and how these relate to testing achievement of the intended learning outcomes
All learning outcomes are assessed by means of the digital short and individual dissertation. Consideration is given to: Project management and organisation from throughout the project period and the quality of the dissertation. The project is assessed by a panel of academic staff who mark each short for a range of CGI criteria.There are three components to the assessment of the project:
A series of aggregated marks on project management and organisation from throughout the project period. This assesses Learning Outcome 2.
A panel of academic staff mark each short for a range of CGI criteria. This assesses learning outcome 1.
An assessment of the dissertation which assesses learning outcome 3.
Implications for learning resources, including staff, library, IT and space
This is a revision of the module specification. No new resources are required. The Computer Animation/Visual Effects MSc studios have a capacity of 50 and this can handle the increased number of students from the Architectural Visualisation course. In addition, we are upgrading the number of Software licenses for the Autodesk Creative Suite from 91 to 125.
We confirm that, as far as can be reasonably anticipated, the curriculum, learning and teaching methods and forms of assessment do not present any non-justifiable disadvantage to students learning outcomes with disabilities
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