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Documentary Production (7883.6)

Level: Undergraduate Second Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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  • Semester 2, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, TQB-SB (191144) - View
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  • Semester 2, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (178497) - View
  • Semester 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, TQB-SB (175284) - View
  • Semester 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (164938) - View
  • Semester 2, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (160675) - View
  • Semester 2, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (140845) - View

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This unit provides a historical and conceptual overview of creative non-fiction production, from John Grierson's documentaries in the 1920s, through to the contemporary filmmakers who have contributed to the wide diversity of current styles and forms. Drawing on this overview, and on production and research skills from other Media Arts units, students will produce their own short form documentaries, from idea generation, research, and scripting, through to filming, editing and post-production. As part of this process, students will explore a variety of creative fact-based forms and styles including process documentary, performative documentary, cinema-verite, political and propaganda documentary, dramatised and reflexive documentary. This unit integrates theory and practice to provide a critical understanding of the diversity of the documentary form.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate documentary forms and production techniques;

2. Effectively research and write documentary proposals;

3. Produce, direct, film and edit documentary productions;

4. Reflect upon and analyse the documentary form; and

5. Understand ethical issues related to documentary production.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to 3 hours of class contact per week.





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