MFD20010 Producing Music, Film & Drama

Academic Year 2023/2024

In this practice-based module, students will produce a digital artefact (for example, a downloadable soundwalk or audio tour) under the guidance of the teaching team and guest speakers. The format, thematic content, and structure of the artefact will be generated in response to a brief provided by a group of ‘key stakeholders’ with whom students will meet early on in the trimester. Students will then develop their own creative vision for the artefact and will be taught the production skills (compositional, editorial, technological) necessary to realise that vision. Students will be assigned both individual and small-group tasks over the course of the trimester in order to hone in on particular aspects of production. The digital artefact will completed by the end of the term and showcased at the UCD Festival, which takes place annually during the summer.

In this module, students will gain insight into how creative industries work and the strict timelines required for delivery. This practice-based approach will provide each student with the discipline required in professional environments, experience with creative collaboration, and participation in a high-stakes project that will form part of the offering at the UCD Festival.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

In undertaking this module, students will
gain insights into the practical and organisational requirements of creative collaboration and production
gain professional-level experience working with a team of stakeholders on real-world goals and deadlines
understand the path from idea to realisation in the creative arts
reflect upon the risks and pitfalls that could lead to failure of a project
develop specific skills in composition, editing, and recording technology
produce a high-quality audio artefact

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students in this module will be challenged to gain insights into the working world of music, film and drama production, largely through speaking first-hand with individuals involved in these worlds or and in the actual creative production of a digital artifact. This is practice-based, so students will be given the tools that they need to create the artefact together, and they will also be reflecting upon the process of creation in order to solidify their own thinking about how production happens in real-world contexts. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
MFD10010 - Making, Doing, Interpreting

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Creation of a digital artefact (likely a soundwalk or audio tour) Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Journal: Process Journal Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will start to prepare the digital artefact from the outset of class, breaking into smaller groups and thinking through the process and the output with key stakeholders. The process journal is intended to give you a space to both reflect on the work you are doing and identify areas that need more development, which we will provide for you in our weekly class sessions. The final project then is the culmination of the weekly process and the skills and ideas you develop in class.

Name Role
Mr Dunk Murphy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Anika Babel Tutor
Mr John Millar Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 13:00 - 14:50