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FTR3002 Story and Style

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Story and Style
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 100701 - Audio Visual Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Leonie Jones


Pre-requisite: FTR2001


This third year course will suit filmic storytellers who wish to continue developing their research and creative practice. Story and Style draws from previous completed second level FTR film courses in Short Film and Documentary Production is concerned with enhancing and expanding knowledge and application of technical, conceptual, practical and observational skills related to various forms of cinematic storytelling from these level 2 courses. Through independent and / or collaborative learning this course will encourage students to develop his or her own expertise and style as a filmmaker. Students will acquire problem solving techniques relevant to real production environment by practical examples involving examining and dealing hands on with problems and situations in production processes and outcomes. Students will be taught to respond professionally to feedback and to develop reflective skills and practices.

This course is an advanced level that requires students to have already gained a further understanding and application of audio and vision, studio and field recording as well as enhanced editing practices.


Students acquire advanced technical, analytical and research skills within cinematic areas. This course includes lectures and discussions about contemporary cinema fiction and non-fiction research and practice; and analysing the work of established professionals in order to increase student insight into their professional practices as well as looking at how artists position their work.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. examine concepts related to artists and their practices (historical and contemporary) and the film industry;
  2. develop, research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice in order to develop and inform personal style as a filmmaker;
  3. apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise completed works and creative forms of expression;
  4. communicate in writing by clearly and logically expressing ideas pertaining to problem solving within practice and key concepts;
  5. work independently to develop ideas, which encourage an emerging personal philosophy based on the application of research, analysis, and practical outcomes;
  6. recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practical outcomes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Research and reflective practices 25.00
2. The art of fiction and non-fiction storytelling 25.00
3. Storytelling processes and practices 25.00
4. The art of developing and applying personal style 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 20 18 Mar 2021 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 30 30 Apr 2021 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 50 04 Jun 2021 (see note 3)

  1. Story & Style Presentation
  2. Progress Report
  3. Pre-Production Report & Presentation

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.

Date printed 18 June 2021