For today’s blog post as the title would suggest, I am going to be talking about my timetable. This might seem like an odd thing to do but strangely enough, it’s the type of question I get asked a lot.
“How many days are you in a week?”
“How long are your lessons?”
“Do you have much work to do outside of lessons? “.
So I hope with this blog post I am able to answer some of these questions!
Of course, this timetable is just for my course, Film and Television Production, so other courses will vary. Also feel free to check out my last post to find out more about my course!
(Disclaimer: The timetable alters occasionally from week to week to accommodate coursework deadlines, and in class tests if needed)
Tuesday: Research for Film and Television
“Research for Film and Television develops your skills in academic research. The module surveys a range of research methods and equips you with the necessary skills to undertake a film and television focused research project.”
9:00: Time to wake up and get ready for the day ahead.
10:30: Walk to lecture with friends, as I live in the town and not on campus, so have to allow walking time.
11:00 – 1:00: Lecture time ~ This module is purely essay based, so revolves around lectures and seminars. The lectures are all about research methods such as focus groups and surveys, their uses, efficiency and limitations.
2:00: Seminar time ~ This is a time to take a more in-depth look at what we have just studied in lecture, in smaller groups, and ask any questions if needed.
3:00 End of the learning day!
Outside lesson work:
As with every module, you are expected to work outside of class time on your coursework. For this module this means essay work which includes researching, writing essay plans, reading through your notes, conducting research groups and, of course, actually writing the essays themselves.
“Welcome to the Real World: Documentary Production offers you the opportunity to research, develop and produce a short documentary film that could be considered for submission to a festival or competition or for exhibition over an alternative platform.”
7:30: Wake up and get ready.
8:30: Time to walk to uni! Tip: Try to find a group of people you know to walk with, as it’ll make the journey feel a little shorter, this can be flatmates, people on other courses who are in uni the same time as you, or people on your course doing the same module as you or not. It’ll make you feel a lot more social, wake you up more, and prepare you for the day ahead!
9:00 – 1:00: Lecture time ~ The lectures are completely theory and is all about the history of documentary, and what elements are needed to create a good documentary. Additionally, there are practical screening of groups tasks, and group/individual pitches.
1:00: Seminar time ~ This follows straight after the lecture and is a time for production groups to get together and have a group meeting to see where they are at in the production process and plan what they’re going to do next. While all the groups are having their meetings, two lectures go around the groups, finding out what progress the groups have made, give advice accordingly and discuss what the next step of their production should be.
2:00: End of the learning day!
Outside lesson work:
There is a lot of outside work for this module as it’s very production heavy, which requires you to do a lot of research and planning into your chosen documentary as you have to find the story, interviewees, film it and edit the documentary. There is also deadlines every week for production folder work such as script outlines, filming dates, health and safety forms, rushes, transcriptions etc. Additionally, there is a reflective report (essay) for this module, which counts towards your overall grade.
Thursday: Advanced Post Production
“Advanced Post Production develops your skills of editing and forms the basis your practical and conceptual understanding of digital non-linear editing, using industry standard software.”
8:20: Wake up time!
9:30: Walk to uni with friends.
10:00: Seminar time ~ Unlike most of my modules on this course, the lesson layout for advanced post-production differs greatly as the seminar is split into two. The first half is used to teach the class how to do an editing technique. Meanwhile, the second half gives you the time to mess about with it and practice it more, with help on standby if you didn’t grasp it the first time or have any questions about the software.
11:00: Lecture time ~ The lectures are theory based and cover the origins of film editing and movements through the eras.
12:00: Seminar time ~ Back to the editing room to practice the technique we learnt earlier!
1:00: End of the learning day!
Outside lesson work:
Again, there is a lot of outside work to do with this module, as it has both coursework and exam elements. The coursework is a portfolio, which requires a lot of outside class hours to create and perfect. As well as studying of course for the exam.
I hope you enjoyed this post and found it a useful insight into what university timetables can be like, as people assume that it’s similar to high school or sixth form which is not the case, as shown above, there’s a lot more emphasis on independent learning and working outside of class hours. Thanks for reading and I hope you have an amazing week.
Until next time!
Film/Show of the day: Big Fish (2003)