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FTR3007 Authorship and Creativity

Semester 2, 2016 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100701 - Audio Visual Studies

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Examiner: Stuart Thorp


Authorship and creativity draws on skills and methods used in previous courses, in particular Cinematic Language, Story and Style and FTR3000 Project A. The notion of media author, modelled on literary and art history, underlines the production, marketing and reception of films, TV, animation and radio. Despite important theoretical challenges, authorship has endured as a significant and powerful notion both in the film industry and in film studies. This course charts the historical development of the notion of authorship in media, through exploration of media style within different theological practices in cultural contexts.


This course provides an opportunity to expand on the content and form of media theory and production, form and style. It requires students to build on knowledge and skills acquired in FTR1003 Cinematic Language, FTR3002 Story and Style, FTR3000 Media Business. This course has been designed to allow students to explore individual director's story, style and form while preparing for higher degree research. Students will use this course to undertake structured independent learning under the guidance of a supervisor.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. have demonstrated communication skills related to research proposal, including defining a topic, developing a research design, incorporating an annotated biography and justifying a methodology
  2. undertake independent research, under supervision, on a proposed topic
  3. review the literature and apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise works, artefacts and forms of creative expression
  4. interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and argument in modes suited to this discipline
  5. apply and justify methodology appropriate to a research topic
  6. recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practice in the creative arts discipline.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Proposal 20.00
2. Literature review and methodology 20.00
3. Thesis writing 20.00
4. Auteur theory 20.00
5. Director?s style and form 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Berger, AA 2016, Media and communication research methods: an introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches, 4th edn, California SAGE Publications, Los Angeles.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Aronson, ID 2006, DV Filmmaking: from start to finish (CD-ROM), O?Reilly Media, New York.
  • Bordwell, D & Thompson, K 2012, Film art: an introduction, 10th edn, McGraw Hill, New York.
  • Dannenbaum, J 2003, Creative filmmaking from the inside out five keys to the art of making inspired movies and television, Simon & Schuster, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 76.00
Lectures 10.00
Private Study 79.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROPOSAL 100 25 05 Aug 2016
METHODOLOGY & LIT REVIEW 100 25 19 Aug 2016
THESIS 100 50 21 Oct 2016

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted
    marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. In planning group assignments which involve production, students will be responsible for booking equipment, facilities and studio time for their own assignments.

  3. You are reminded that producing a Film is a GROUP activity. The success of some of your assignments will, therefore, depend upon your ability to work with, and through, a group of people. The development of that professional/social skill is a part of your training in this subject. In those kinds of assignments, therefore, a GROUP MARK will be awarded. However, it should be clearly understood that a student who, through default, causes a significant disadvantage to a group production, may NOT be awarded the group mark.