Virtual Production: Collaboration and Leadership Competencies
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 50.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2023
Prerequisites: FILM70243
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): N/A
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20230109_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: Access to course materials and assignments will be available on Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (SLATE). Students will need reliable access to a computer and the internet.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
This course will provide learners with a foundational knowledge and understanding of key leadership theories and collaboration techniques. Participants will learn practical ways in which to build on existing skills, clearly identifying and defining them, while effectively applying them to the virtual production environment. Throughout the course, participants will reflect on the importance of promoting employment equity and access for professionals from underserved and underrepresented communities within the industry and will promote inclusive teambuilding. Learners will emerge from this course with the essential knowledge and skills required to be an effective virtual production crew member who can navigate and troubleshoot problems on set, be resilient, be resourceful and communicative, and will have the tools to effectively plan for a healthy work/life balance.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, learners will develop and apply entry-level competencies that are required for individual and team success in the virtual production and entertainment industries including collaboration skills, emotional intelligence, work/life balance, and problem-solving with a team.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Critically reflect on previous learning and experiential knowledge to develop an individualized professional plan for building leadership and collaboration competencies.
  2. Identify strategies for engaging in professional interactions with colleagues, supervisors and/or stakeholders for a variety of industry scenarios.
  3. Leverage formalized theories of collaboration to carry out practical roles in a virtual production simulation.
  4. Examine diversity, equity and inclusion within the film industry and how we can adapt leadership and collaboration methodology to suit the realities of a shifting industry.
  5. Analyze strategies that generate creativity, innovation, and effective troubleshooting and problem solving for virtual production projects.
  6. Formulate a realistic and evidence-based plan that fosters a healthy and rewarding work-life balance in the film industry.
  7. Develop tools and techniques for effective job searching and career maintenance, including self-marketing, developing and maintaining business relationships and networks.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Blog posts x 230.0%
 Theory quiz10.0%
 Faculty Advisor Pre-Production Meeting10.0%
 Simulation Task Score20.0%
 Simulation Maintenance Score20.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
Note: A passing grade is 50%. The following protocol applies to every course offered by Continuing and Professional Studies. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the instructor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified date and time. Missed tests, in-class/online activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding Sundays and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. An extension or make-up opportunity may be approved by the instructor at his or her discretion.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication Skills - Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving - Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
  • Personal Skills - Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-class & Online Instruction
Professor: Multiple Professors
Resource(s): N/A
Applicable student group(s): Continuing Education students
Course Details:

Module 1 Introduction 

Film Set Structure

Understanding hierarchy of leadership, VP Roles

Individual goals in relation to Virtual Production

Past personal and professional leadership experiences

Module 2 Established Leadership Theories 

Overview and critical analysis of prevailing leadership theories and methodologies


Module 3  Practical Tools of Collaboration

Understanding Emotional Intelligence

Task & Maintenance Roles

Autonomy and Unity


Module 4 Navigating Conflict 

Discussion of experiences with conflict

How to move forward

Practical applications of empathy

Personal emotional maintenance and well being


Module 5 Creating the Best Possible Work

Case study analysis of on set problem solving

Managing Stakeholders, feedback

Balancing creative collaboration with business collaboration

Preparedness, improvisation

Vision vs Need


Module 6  State of the Industry

How to find a job, what jobs to take

Self Promotion, relationship maintenance

DE&I Current and Future initiatives



Module 7 Virtual Production Simulation 

Pre-Production Meeting with each Group (1,2,3)  

Virtual Camera Previs with each Group (1,2,3)  

UE4 Tests with each Group (1,2,3)  

One full day (7.5hrs) of Production for each group 


Module 8: Group Debrief

Review and Discuss Simulation as a group, group learning as it pertains to leadership and collaboration frameworks and past learning.


Module 9: Panel Q&A

 Live panel discussion with industry professionals in the virtual production industry.

Sheridan Policies

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

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Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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