|About this course:|
|Course work includes:|
|1 Computer-marked assignment (CMA)|
|No residential school|
Digital film school is your chance to join the millions of people around the world who make and share video every day. The explosion of film-making for websites and mobiles gives people and organisations the opportunity to tell their stories and show what they have to offer, at low cost. This 10-week online course is practical, hands-on and fun, built around simple tasks based on real-world briefs and a strong culture of mutual support between students. Our experienced team of film-makers will show you some of the craft secrets that underpin good film-making, and how the professionals stay up to date.
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|This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2013.|
This course is a practical introduction to digital film-making and will develop your skills to produce and share video online. It is suitable for newcomers to video as well as those with some experience who would like to improve their technique. Over ten weeks of study, a set of structured tasks offers you the chance to build up your skills and confidence. As you take more creative control of your work, the over-the-shoulder video tutorials will provide expert guidance on publishing media for real-world applications.
Video has many uses, and we recognise that your needs and interests will be quite personal. The teaching approach is based on a broad understanding of how individuals use video personally and professionally, grounded in long experience of providing introductory training in using video. We also recognise that integrating new skills can present challenges. Digital film school offers you a supportive environment for learning so that you can continue to develop as a film-maker afterwards.
The course provides a comprehensive set of resources to support your learning, such as worksheets, production resources and a course glossary. It is online, and makes full use of the opportunities afforded by social media. Video technologies change very quickly, but you will learn how to make sense of the options available to you.
As the course progresses, you will find and share your pick of online media with other students, and have the opportunity to rate other people’s finds. This gives you access to the research skills of hundreds of other people, as well as an opportunity to get feedback on your own productions from fellow students
Film-making involves bringing many elements together as a whole. The course will help you develop your knowledge and skills in three key areas:
Creativity – The elements that make a satisfying visual narrative and how media is constructed in terms of genre, shot types, sequencing, soundtrack and composition. How to combine images and audio to communicate specific information accurately and appropriately for a given purpose and audience.
Organising – Managing the production process for creating media to a brief, including issues such as planning, media rights, choice of equipment, and scheduling. The key to this area is working well with other people, communicating clearly and building effective relationships.
Technical – Considerations such as editing techniques, media formats, how to set up and get the most from your equipment, and getting your work into the right form for sharing. Strategies for researching online to find, select and use relevant information on techniques and technical matters, and to present it to others.
Simple video production is becoming another part of a professional’s skill set. Many commercial and voluntary organisations are finding online video an effective way to communicate and are looking for employees with the experience and knowledge to deliver it.
The course will provide valuable skills for anyone with an interest in communicating powerful and captivating messages in presentations and through the web. It is particularly relevant to teachers, journalists, and youth and community workers, as well as photographers and others already in the creative industries who want to extend their skills.
Please note: this course is only available for standalone study. You cannot count the credits you gain from the course towards any current OU qualification. It may be possible, however, to count the credits gained towards a qualification if you are already studying with us and have declared your qualification intention before September 2012 – see your qualification description in StudentHome for details.
This is a Level 1 course. Level 1 courses provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning, to help you progress to courses at Level 2.
You do not require any previous qualification or prior knowledge of film-making or the use of video to study this course, but you will need some experience of using the internet and a basic proficiency in computing.
You will be familiar with some of the teaching concepts in this course if you have studied Digital photography: creating and sharing better images (T189), but this is not a requirement.
Our Preparing for Digital film school (T156) information sheet highlights some of important features of this course – such as equipment and software, social media and privacy, and time management – and will help you to decide whether this is the course for you.
Whether you want to capture memorable moments, use video in your career, or enjoy the team spirit and creativity of low-budget film-making, the study material is designed to help you start your journey.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.
The course is available to students outside the UK.
There are no formal requirements, but you will need to be able to manage your computer files competently and be confident with basic software such as a word processor and a web browser. If you don’t feel comfortable about doing that on your own, you might want to take a basic computing course at a local college before you start the course.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.
We encourage students with a disability or additional requirement to consider taking the course; however because of the nature of the subject it is probably not suitable for those with substantial visual impairment. This course has a high proportion of visual content and the practical work requires you to be able to record video in different settings.
The course is delivered wholly online, requiring extensive use of the internet. If you use special hardware or software you must find out whether this is compatible with editing video and posting it online, well before the course begins.
Written transcripts of audio components are available. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:
Access to the course website includes a specially adapted version of the Open Studio platform for sharing and rating online media and links to resources. It also includes course media, activity sheets and production resources which can be customised for your own projects.
You will need the following to study this course:
Handling video data is very intensive in terms of processor speed, system memory and storage space. Video editing may require a higher specification computer than the basic technical requirements for accessing study material, depending on the type of video that your camera records and the software that you are using. The minimum and recommended requirements for your video editing software will provide reasonable guidance for this.
If you are considering using an older computer it will need to be one that had a top-end specification at the time of purchase. A mid-priced computer more than a few years old is unlikely to be suitable.
Please note you may have difficulties completing this course with a Linux computer as some of the web tools do not have a Linux-compatible version.
We do not specify particular hardware or software combinations – we encourage you to use what you have to hand, and the course is designed to work with a wide range of setups. However, please ensure that your video device is capable of transferring video data to your computer, and that your software can read it in the format delivered. If in doubt, check the manufacturer’s website for your camera and software. If your camera cannot record audio, you will need a separate digital audio recorder.
It will be possible to use almost any video editing software that works with your camera, from entry-level consumer programs to professional suites to study the course. This includes the free software that comes with many PC or Mac operating systems. But be aware that some programs, for example Windows Live Movie Maker 2011, have a very restricted set of features and you will not be able to use all the techniques demonstrated in the course without lengthy and complicated workarounds. We therefore recommend that students consider purchasing one of the inexpensive consumer level software packages available on the market.
You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.
You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.
The course is taught entirely online and you will not have an individual tutor. You will have access to online student self-help forums that you are strongly encouraged to participate in, as they are an excellent source of support and information and form an integral part of the course.
Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.
The assessment details for this course can be found in the facts box above.
You must use the online eTMA system to submit your end-of-module assessment (EMA).
For the EMA you will choose from a selection of briefs, and make and publish a short video that demonstrates your knowledge, understanding and skills. An accompanying behind-the-scenes documentary and a piece of written work will assess your ability to articulate how you have applied your creative, organisational and technical abilities to your video.
EMA videos need to be published on one of an approved list of video-hosting platforms. If you have concerns about privacy, there are workarounds available that will effectively restrict access to the video to only those involved in the course.
The details given here are for the course that starts in October 2013 when it will be available for the last time.
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We regret that we are currently unable to accept registrations for this course. Where the course is to be presented again in the future, relevant registration information will be displayed on this page as soon as it becomes available.
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|Course work includes:|
|1 Computer-marked assignment (CMA)|
|No residential school|
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