Welcome to my third year Reflective Journal!

On this page you can find the brief for the module and year ahead, my personal aims and responses to the brief. I have posted parts of the brief so you can better understand the aims of the work found on this blog and the point of the work.

Quoted by Mr Nick Middleton:

A vital part of the module is keeping a reflective research journal where your research for
the three artifacts (Spectacle, Power, Memory) and the material presented to you through the course of the module.
There are minimum requirements for this reflective research journal set out in the module handbook. The
journal will be sharable online using wordpress.com and the social bookmarking tool
Delicious and Flickr.

You will be sharing your research and progress within your group with tutors and students. The groups will be placed on the noticeboard before next week.
Using a blog as a reflective Research Journal Sign Up to wordpress.com in the first week
and make sure it is active and you have posted at least your first entry for exercise 1(see
below)Also sign up for a Delicious social bookmarking account



The module requires that you produce three artefacts that respond to each of the themes , Spectacle, Memory and Power in a creative and innovative way. Each theme will have a limitation placed on it, or obstruction, for you to find a solution to in producing your work. The form that the artifacts will take is varied. You will be required to research, develop and critically work on your ideas in quick succession, and to document this process, to produce a completed artifact at the end of each two week block. You can then choose one of the ideas to work on further and present at the end of 310mc as a proposal and idea to take forward into the final project module.



The module focuses on idea generation, research, creative techniques and limitations ,obstructions and constraints as a spur to


creative solutions. To communicate this central idea the first screening will show Lars Von Trierʼs meta film The Five Obstructions.


Each week there will be space set aside for a variety of screenings, readings, visits and other stimulus that will provoke responses and dialogue as students engage and reflect on their own work. These provocations to thought and comment will be recorded on their own reflective research blog and staff will be assigned to look at particular blogs and offer comments as your work progresses.





One substantial blog post minimum per week, to include links to materials and web resources that are relevant to your enquiries and research. 

The posts need to be related to and reflect on the week’s readings, viewings and class discussion. This will become your personal research journal. Also required: at least one thoughtful comment each week on the blog posts of other students in your group. Some blog posts are reflections, analysis, or arguments, but the “ideal” blog post is a link surrounded by context, links are at the heart of blogging. Using a blog as a research journal is a more reflective, analytical form of blogging. Show us and your fellow students that you are thinking about the core issues of the course and share your learning with the rest of the class, as well. Entertainment value is a plus, but a critical voice is required. The other students and the tutors are the public in this module. As a public they are potentially active; instead of simply consuming what you publish, others on the module can talk back. They can comment on your post, link to you, argue or agree, even join you in a shared idea or project.

During the course of the module vary the type of posts you make try to include all of the following type of responses below:




1. Make a post that serves your group by directing attention to a worthwhile resource on the Web via an annotated link, including short, salient quotes, and explaining why your selected resource is worthy of attention.

2. Construct a post that links to two or more websites and explain the overarching idea that connects the sites you select. These links can be to audio, video, stills or text.

3. Engage in online critical public discourse by analyzing the content of a media artifact you link to in a blog post, asking probing questions about the assumptions, assertions, and logic of the arguments in the artifact you link to.

4. Construct a post that takes a position on an issue, using links to other relevant websites to support your position.


5. Build up a set of your own research links to people or online resources that you trust and give insight into the issues you are interested in.









.selfcriticism and reflective self evaluation, comprehend and create work within their chosen specialism/s. The student will be expected to relate their own ideas for production to those of other practitioners and to become increasingly aware of their own position within their chosen community of practice and able to see their work as being informed by specific theoretical discourses . They will work either individually or in small teams as required and will be encouraged to be self-reliant and develop methods of contextualiseThe module aims to develop the student’s ability to research and develop the theoretical, conceptual and professional issues that underpin production within a chosen area of practice. These key debates will increase their ability to critically reflect,


Following research work over the summer period students will return with a range of ideas and approaches around some broad themes. The challenge of the module is to develop several short artefacts that respond, develop and reflect on these themes in a creative and novel way. The emphasis will be on idea generation, research and realisation in a quick succession of short media production projects that are not concerned with polish but with immediacy and powerful communication.

The module will provide stimulus across a broad range of media production chosen to provoke, question and stimulate. The stimulus will be in several forms; screenings, visits, talks by practitioners and practical workshops.


The module aims to develop in students, in preparation for 311MC, academic development grounded in student skills, and also through their understanding of inspirational projects, practitioners and historical precedents that have shaped the field. Students learn to position their own concepts, ideas and process in relation to advanced fields of media production. This module establishes a social, cultural and intellectual context for production work on the course and offers a strong critical foundation for the effective realisation of production work.

It is very important that the development and research of ideas that feed into the final project are realistic and achievable. The final project undertaken in 311mc and proposed in 310mc has to be within the scope and skill set of the student. project proposals will be judged and allowed to proceed by the tutors in the light of available resources, available support, available experience and expertise. Students will be encouraged to focus their proposals within agreed realistic limits which have regard to the students prior achievements and practical knowledge and skills.

creative research andʼs critical, conceptual, analytical and technical Realistic and achievable


The process of idea generation and research will be recorded both in a workbook and also shared electronically using the web 2.0 tools WordPress, Delicious, Flickr, YouTube. The module will be supported online through a module blog. All staff will have access to the blog and the ability to write and comment and add links or articles. The blog will point students to online resources and links and also host some of the readings. All of the students blogs will be listed and linked from this central blog.



Recommended Reading:

Chater, K. (2001) Researching for Media Production.Oxford, Focal Press.

Denscombe M. The Good Research Guide, 1998, OUP, Bucks

Emm, A. (2004) Researching for Television and Radio. London, Routledge.

Laurel B. (ed), Design Research methods and perspectives, 2003 MIT Press, Cambridge







Over the summer I have been working on a summer workbook using wordpress and am still updating this as I have not posted everything that I have been researching and was influenced by, you can view this at http://summermediaworkbook.wordpress.com/. I hope that this year I can show a line of progression with this blog to demonstrate my particular way of thinking and how other work influences my decisions and choices. I can be particularly bad at spending time putting my thoughts into words at the time I have them so an electronic way of working will allow me to be more flexible.


I am setting myself the same aims I did during the summer workbook as these are the aims I have for the final project I work on. They are not complicated and can be adapted but they are things that are important to me for my final year.

  • I want to combine mediums, I want to produce  piece of work that combines two or more things like light and sound or photography and moving image or sound moving image and photography etc.


  • I want to do something that challenges me whilst enjoying the work I am doing.


  • I want to be able to work with others during the project. Working in groups is something I need to work on.


  • I want to be able to build up the project step by step so hat I can see where I am going wrong before I get to entangle that I can not remove the affected section of the work.




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