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FTR3007 Authorship and Creativity

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Authorship & Creativity
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100701 - Audio Visual Studies
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 February 2020


Examiner: Stuart Thorp


Pre-requisite: FTR2006


Authorship and creativity draws on skills and methods used in previous courses, in particular Documentary and Factual Entertainment, 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. 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 documentary storytelling, through exploration of cinematic style within different theoretical and creative practices and 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, FTR2006 Documentary and Factual Entertainment, FTR3002 Story and Style and FTR3000 Media Business. This course has been designed to allow students to explore individual director's story, style, form and interactivity. 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 should be able to:

  1. demonstrate skills relating to creative practice cycles including research proposal, defining a topic, developing a research design, and justifying form and style;
  2. undertake independent research, under supervision, on a proposed topic;
  3. review and apply feedback according to the creative practice cycle incorporating 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 creative practice;
  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 Plan 15.00
2. Creative practice research 25.00
3. Creative practice application 30.00
4. Director’s style and form 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Anderson, K. Lucas, M & Hurbis-Cherrier, M 2016, Documentary Voice & Vision: A creative Approach to Non-Fiction Media Production, Focal Press, New York.
Students must have access to the program Klynt.

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 2017, Film art: an introduction, 11th edn, McGraw Hill, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 10.00
Independent Study 155.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROPOSAL 100 15 07 Aug 2020

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:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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 can be 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 may 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.

Date printed 27 February 2020