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Grading, Effects and Finishing - TFT00094M

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Paul Ryan
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module summary

Grading, Effects and Finishing is a module designed to teach you the theory and practice of professional post production workflows from colour
theory and creative looks and effects, through to the mastering and delivery of film and television media using industry standard techniques.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2023-24

Module aims

The module aims:

  • To provide an essential grounding in the principles and practice of the picture finishing processes, colour grading and effects.
  • To develop and enhance a range of both creative and technical skills through an understanding of professional workflows.

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module you are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of advanced production picture finishing processes and how these can be applied to the creation of professionally produced media programmes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between, and working knowledge of stages and processes involved in, film and television picture finishing through the use of Non-Linear video Editing (NLE) systems in conjunction with Picture Finishing systems in an 'off-line/on-line' model.
  • Support their creative output with an understanding of colour grading for film and television from base grades through to creative looks.
  • Have an understanding of the possibilities of incorporating some visual effects at the picture finishing stages.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to use, the core features of an industry-standard Picture Finishing system and related software for editing, grading and mastering of film, television and social media platforms.


Task Length % of module mark
Mutiple Delivery formats : Advertisement - 60, 30 and 15 second spots
N/A 40
Presentation script : Video Presentation
N/A 60

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Students will be given formative feedback througout the module during practicals and in presentations throughout the module.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Advertisement - 60, 30 and 15 second spots
N/A 40
Essay : Video Presentation
N/A 60

Module feedback

You will receive written feedback in line with standard University turnaround times.

Indicative reading

Van Hurkman, A. (2011) 'Color Correction Handbook'; Berkeley: Peach Pit Press, ISBN: 978-0-321-71311-7

Hullfish, S. (2008) 'The Art and Technique of Digital Colour Correction', Focal Press, ISBN: 978-0-240-80990-8

Clark, B. and Spohr, S., (2002) 'Guide to Postproduction for TV and Film: Managing the Process' Focal Press, 2nd Edition, ISBN: 0-240-80506-2

James, J., (2006) 'Digital Intermediates for Film and Video' Focal Press, ISBN: 0-240-80702-2

Kadner, N (2009) 'Red: The Ultimate Guide to Using the Revolutionary Camera' Peachpit Press, ISBN 0-321-617681

Saccone, Paul., (2017) The Definitive Guide to DaVinci Resolve 14 / ([United States] :: Blackmagic Design,), ISBN: 0999391305

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.