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  1. NAME OF THE PROGRAMME: B. Sc. Film Production
  2. THE PROGRAMME CODE: P080306
  3. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS/ADMISSIONS

 

To be admitted into B. Sc. Film production, the candidate is required to meet at least one of the following:

 

100 Level

Five Ordinary Level (O/L) credit passes including English Language, Literature in English, Mathematics and any other two of arts or social sciences subjects at SSCE, GCE, NECO or NABTEB at not more than two sittings. 

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200 Level

National Diploma (ND), National Certificate of Education (NCE), or Higher National Diploma (HND) in Film Production, Theater and Performing Arts or any other relevant course from recognized institutions with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a scale of 5points or its equivalent. In addition, the candidate must have 5 credit passes at the Ordinary Level including English Language, Literature in English and Mathematics. Candidates with GCE ‘A Level’ are no longer considered for direct entry into any Mass Communication discipline because of the subject combinations and lack of professional foundation in advanced level subjects.  Such candidates are advised to take 100-Level admission.

 

4.1    Waiver

Granted the fact that this NOUN ODL programme is essentially for mature adults and people who missed the opportunity of getting access to education earlier in life, there is need to request for waivers in the admission requirements.

 

4.2 Concession: Matured Candidates, 50 years of age and above, with ten (10) years of cognate work experience who fail to meet any of the above requirements may apply for admission to the Four Year programme.

 

4.3. Graduation Requirements and Credit Distribution

The graduation credits required are 146 for 100-Level admission, and 120 for Direct Entry students, as indicated in the table below:

 

Year

Credits

Year 1

38

Year II

34

Year III

39

Year IV

35

Total

120/146

  1. PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME

To produce professionals who, through the accessible and flexible ODL system of education will make meaningful contributions to the development of Nigeria and the global Community through the entertainment industry. Over the past 40 years the study of Film - how they are produced, the language and aesthetics of cinema, how the audience engage with Film, varieties of Film genres, the relationship of Film to the wider cultural process, has become extremely popular. The B.Sc. (Hons) Film Production programme of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) aims at producing students with both the general foundation knowledge of film production, as well as critical analyses of film aesthetics, through exposing students to film cultures and tradition in Africa, Americas, Europe and Asia. This is to be achieved by equipping them with a broad foundation in the general field of Communication as well as specialized knowledge in this particular sequence of the programme; prepare them to meet the human resources needs of a developing society and to accomplish a cost effective lifelong learning.

 

5.1. Vision

To be regarded as the foremost University providing highly accessible and enhanced quality education anchored by social justice, equality and national cohesion through a comprehensive reach that transcends all barriers.

 

  1. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The B. Sc. Film Production is designed to provide the students with an understanding of the principles of film production and an opportunity to develop techniques in scriptwriting, film production, directing and marketing.

 

6.1 Aims

It is the overall goal of this course to provide professional and internationally accredited training facilities for Nollywood practitioners living anywhere in the country, on one hand, and teeming young people who might wish to professionally enter the film industry on the other, right from just after secondary school age. Thus this course has the added social focus of providing opportunities for greater employment of young people in Nigeria, to enable them to fit in, integrate, and use their skills in any film industry in Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the world, as well as create wider awareness of the Nigerian film cultures.

 

6.2 Objectives

By the end of this degree program, students would

  • Be employable in the creative industries of film, television and online media
  • Have met and collaborated with likeminded storytellers
  • Have explored their creativity through storytelling
  • Be technically skilled and talented in many aspects of production and post-production of film.
  • Have a show-reel consisting of short film, factual and episodic productions that demonstrates their screen storytelling
  • Become competent film business marketers with a high ability to source funds for film projects and effectively market the products to the rest of the world.
  • Have gained ability to reinforce the Nigerian cultural heritage in films that would be marketed to the world
  • Acquire a sense of co-operation and collaboration with clusters of industry practitioners (Nollywood, Kanywood, Yoruba and Igbo film industries).

 

 

  1. OUTLINE OF PROGRAMME PLAN (OPP) AND DEGREE RULES

 

 7.1      Outline of Course Structure:

B. Sc. Film Production shall run for a minimum of 8 semesters and a maximum of 16 semesters for students entering at 100-Level; a minimum of 6 semesters and a maximum of 12 semesters for direct entry students.

 

100-LEVEL

Code

Description

Credits

 

University Wide Courses

12

CIT 101

Computer in Society

2

CIT 102

Software Application Skills

2

GST 101

Use of English & Communication Skills I

2

GST 102

Use of English & Communication Skills II

2

GST 105

History & Philosophy of Science

2

GST 107

The Good Study Guide

2

 

 

 

Code

Departmental Core Courses

18

FMC 111

Introduction to Film Theory

2

FMC 112

Fundamentals of Visual Communication

2

FMC 113

History of Nigerian Films & Cinemas

2

FMC 114

Analysing the Screen Story

2

FMC 115

Introduction to Film Technology

2

FMC 116

Elements of Film Production

2

FMC 118

Introduction to Directing

2

MAC 115

African Communication Systems I

2

MAC 116

African Communication Systems II

2

 

 

 

Code

Electives (Choose minimum of 8 credits)

8

FMC 131

Introduction to African Popular Culture

2

FMC 132

Media, Culture and Films

2

CSS 111

Introduction to Sociology

3

ENG 113

Introduction to Nigerian Literature I

2

ENG 114

Introduction to Nigerian Literature II

2

 

Total Number of Units

38

 

 

 

200-LEVEL

Code

University Wide Courses

4

GST  203

Introduction to Philosophy and Logic

2

GST 202

Fundamentals of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

2

 

 

 

Code

Departmental Core Courses (22 credits)

22

FMC 211

Films and Cinema Censorship

2

FMC 212

Visual Language of Film

2

FMC 214

Writing TV Series

2

FMC 215

Principle of Sound Recording & Editing in Film

2

FMC 216

West African Cinema

2

FMC 217

Films and Aesthetics Theory

3

FMC 221

Fundamentals of Scriptwriting, Directing and Acting

2

FMC 222

Film and TV Management

2

FMC 223

Film Adaptation

2

FMC 224

Visual Style and Visual Effects

3

 

 

 

Code

Electives (Choose minimum of 8 credits)

8

FMC 231

Writing Film Reviews

2

FMC 232

Nigerian Society and Film Scriptwriting

2

FMC 233

Docudrama, Improvisation, Web Drama

2

ENG 223

Advanced English Composition 1

2

ENG 224

Advanced English Composition II

2

 

Total Number of Units

34

 

 

 

300-LEVEL

Code

University Wide Courses

2

GST 301

Entrepreneurship Studies I

2

 

 

 

Code

Departmental Core Courses)

33

FMC 311

Film Production Management

2

FMC 312

Film Analysis and Criticism

3

FMC 313

Costume and Makeup in Cinema

2

FMC 314

Film Budgeting

2

FMC 315

Digital Video Cinematography

3

FMC 316

Research & Critical Methodologies in Film

2

FMC 318

Internship: Attachment to Film Production Company

6

FMC 321

Advanced Screenwriting

3

FMC 322

Soundtrack Music in Films

2

FMC 323

Production Design

3

FMC 325

Issues in Nigerian Films and Cinema

3

MAC 324

Film Cinema and Literature

2

 

 

 

Code

Electives (Choose minimum of four units)

4

FMC 331

Arab Cinema

2

FMC 332

European Cinema

2

FMC 341

Beyond Bollywood

2

FMC 342

East Asian Cinema

2

 

Total Number of Units

39

 

 

400-LEVEL

Code

Departmental Core Courses

31

FMC 411

Ethics in Films

2

FMC 413

Emerging Global Themes in Film Production

2

FMC 415

Film Portfolio

3

FMC 418

Research Project

6

FMC 421

Cross-cultural Screen Analyses

3

FMC 422

Advanced Directing

3

FMC 423

Acting for the Camera

3

FMC 424

Digital Editing and Post-Production

3

FMC 425

Documentary Cinema

2

FMC 426

Film Marketing

2

FMC 427

Sound Design

2

 

 

 

Code

Electives (Choose minimum of four units)

4

FMC 434

Women in Films

2

FMC 435

Transmedia Storytelling and the Cinema

2

FMC 436

The Politics of the Image

2

FMC 437

Children’s Cinema

2

 

Total Number of Units

35

 

 

7.2 Degree/Graduation Rules.

To be eligible for the award of B.Sc. in Film Production, the student must pass a minimum of 120 credits units which includes elective courses for an 8-semester structure; and 90 credit units including elective courses for a 6-semester structure. Students must earn CGPA of not less than 1.0 to graduate. They must equally meet other requirements as prescribed by the Department, Faculty and Senate.

 

 

 

 

7.3 Summary of Distribution of Course Credits by Level

(a) 100 Level Admissions/Entrants

Level

GST and Other General Courses

Subject Specialization Area & Electives

Total

 

 

Compulsory   Elective (min)

 

100

12

18                         08

38

200

04

22                          08

34

300

02

33                          04

39

400

-

31                          04

35

Total

18

104                         24

146

 

100 Level Entry Students are expected to earn 104 Credit Units (CU) of Compulsory Courses and at least 24 CU for Elective Courses for 8 semester course structure with CGPA of not less than 1.0. (104 + 24= 128)

NOTE: Students are required to pass at least one elective course in a semester. They must also pass the sum of 18 units of GST Courses as specified by the Senate.

 

 (b) Direct Entry Admission/Entrants

Level

GST   and Other

General Courses

SUBJECT /SPECIALIZATION

AREA

 Total

 

 

               Compulsory

Elective (min.)

 

100

              12

-

-

     12

200

04

22                         

08

34

300

02

33                         

04

39

400

-

31                         

04

35

Total

18

86                        

16

120

Direct Entry Students are expected to earn 86 Credit Units (CU) of Compulsory Courses and at least 16 CU of Elective Courses for 6 semesters course structure with CGPA of not less than 1.0. (86 + 16= 102)

NOTE: Students are required to pass at least one elective course in a semester. They must also pass 18 units of GST Courses as specified by the Senate.

 

  1. LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

The language of instruction for all the courses in this programme is English.

 

  1. QUALITY ASSURANCE

Subject to the Senate’s approval of this programme, the process of developing and adapting all the course materials will be seriously monitored internally, so as to ensure the quality of courses being developed, right from the onset.  Besides, the 5-year period for the review of course materials will be another opportunity to ensure the quality of the courses being reviewed.  Finally, the NOUN procedures for internal course validation will be followed.

 

  1. LIBRARY

The Programme has access to the Faculty library as well as the University’s Physical and virtual Libraries.    

 

  1. ACADEMIC Staff

 

NAME

QUALIFICATIONS

DESIGNATION

E-MAIL ADDRESS

1.

ABUTU Dennis PhD

PhD Mass Communication, (2014), PRAD, BSU, M.A. Mass Communication, (2004), B.Sc. Mass Communication, (2001)

Lecturer I

 

abutu2dennis@gmail.com

 

The University equally has facilitators spread across all the 78 Study Centers nation-wide, who handle communication courses.  There are also a host of facilitators taking the elective courses.

 

  1. ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION PROCEDURES

Candidates, who meet up the programme’s entry requirements as stated in item 2 above, will apply on-line.  When admitted, they will equally register their courses on-line as it is for other NOUN programmes.

 

  1. INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD, DELIVERY AND MONITORING

The instructional method is through the course materials distributed to students at the Study Centres.  Facilitators are used to give students additional aid on any area of the course materials requiring further explanation.

The facilitators will be closely monitored by the Head of Department, the Study Centre Director and Study Centre staff to ensure the quality of the services being rendered to the students.

  1. EVALUATION

Evaluation of all the courses would consist of Tutor Marked Assignments (TMA) and End of Course examination. The TMA constitute 30% of the total score. The End of Course examination is 70%.

 

15.1     Tutor Marked Assignment

As part of the evaluation mechanism, each course would be provided with 4 TMA’s out of which the best 3 would be used for the Continuous Assessments for a course. To qualify to sit for examination therefore, each student must turn in at least three TMA’s for each of the courses.

 

15.2     End of Semester Examination

Each course will also be examined at the end of the semester. Course facilitators would be encouraged to provide data bank questions to the examination data bank in the Faculty. The Head of Department will select two sets of questions set in the NOUN house style and format provided by the University. Thereafter, the questions would be internally moderated by the Deans in some cases and the HOD at other times, before they are sent to an External Examiner for moderation. The External Examiner will be chosen from other University.

 

15.3     Marking of Examination Scripts

The marking guides for each course as moderated by the external assessor would be used in the marking of the scripts by the Course Facilitators.

 

  1. LEARNERS’ SUPPORT

Similar to other students receiving tertiary education, students in Distance Education require various academic and administrative support services from the Directorate of Learner Support Services (DLSS), that currently coordinates the various study centres, student Counsellors and Facilitators.  The Faculty of Social Sciences on its own part will take steps to enhance Study facilitation by following up on facilities available for its courses in all the Centres and employ more facilitators as the need arises.

  1. TARGET GROUP

Being an open-university, the B.Sc. Film Production programme should target both young and old candidates who are interested in acquiring professional skills in Film Production and related multimedia variants. The target audience thus includes the general public and those aspiring to become film directors, producers, actor and actresses and the rest of other interested professionals.

  1. STUDENTS’ ENROLMENT AND PROJECTION

It is projected that at the take-off of the programme by 2018, it is estimated that about 1,500 students will enroll initially considering the frequent requests of prospective candidates who are eager for this programme to be established.  It will record at least 10 per cent annual increment in the students’ enrolment. It is projected that this enrolment will continue to increase over the time.

  1. CONCLUSION

In view of the fact that a lot of prospective candidates are on ground for this programme and the need to accommodate Film as an arm for Mass Communication programmes and provide opportunities for Nollywood stars longering for certification in the field, it is sincerely hoped that this B. Sc. Film Production Programme will be of immense benefit to the majority of unskilled actors, actresses, producers, and directors in the entertainment industry today.  Professionalism in Film production is of course, to the advantage of mankind, since entertainment is inextricably intertwined with human nature and development.

 

 

 

 

 

PREPARED BY:

1. ONWUBERE, Chidinma. PhD, LLB

2. ADELAKUN, Lateef. PhD

Department of Mass Communication, NOUN.