Structure The Artist as Film School Teacher

The Artist as (Film School) Teacher is structured as a series of modules, each with assigned ECTS [3] points. The first iteration provides modules totaling 15 ECTS, but the plan of the participating institutions [4] is to increase the number of modules for future iterations of the course, enabling participants some flexibility to construct a programme most relevant for the institutions they are employed at.

Which modules are added and which become optional, will be decided following an extensive evaluation towards the conclusion of the first iteration of the course.

At this time, The Artist as (Film School) Teacher consists of the following modules:

  1. Introduction - 1,5 ects - focussing on getting the participants used to the online learning environment as well as introducing the key concepts that will be examined in the subsequent modules
  2. Methods of teaching and mentoring - 3,5 ects - covering a range of teaching methods that are meant to support, motivate and stimulate learning. A wealth of teaching methods exists and  the purpose of this module is to give participants basic knowledge and understanding of some of the most relevant to the film school context, as well as an opportunity to practice some of them in peer supported environment.
  3. Course design - 2,5 ects - giving filmmakers a toolkit they can use when designing courses for different situations. There is no “one right way” to plan a successful lesson, much in the same way there is no one right way to make a successful film. Instead the focus will be on giving teachers a forum for exchanging experiences and questions and ensure they have an increased understanding of the requirements and possibilities that exist for them.
  4. The artist's progression - 2,5 ects - focussing on two sides of teaching in a film school: giving the filmmaker an increased understanding of how to use her own artistic experience in the classroom, and at the same time teaching them different ways of giving the students the experiences they need to develop their own artistic expression competence.
  5. Collaboration and group steering - 2,5 ects - where participants will be introduced to different techniques for promoting teamwork and collaboration, strategies for handling conflict, as well as issues of inclusion and diversity.
  6. Feedback, assessment and evaluation - 2,5 ects - giving participants further insight into ways of conducting formative assessment, or “assessment for learning”. This module will combine online instruction and discussion with small-group activities and individual assignments where participants will be expected to conduct different forms of assessment activities in their own classrooms.