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Module Code: COM117
Module Title: Documentary Theory and Practice
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: School of Film and TV Arts
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module is designed to: build on the students’ practical skills and knowledge of production established during semester one and aims to develop their critical understanding of documentary production as well as offering the opportunity to author a short documentary film.
Learning outcomes 
A Analyse the development of documentary forms and functions.

B Demonstrate a clear understanding of the character of the debates about ‘truthfulness’ and ‘the real’ which have surrounded documentary work in relation to a short documentary project.

C Develop their knowledge of research and production techniques in relation to documentary production work.

D Understand the nature of pre-production, production, and post-production work in relation to documentary production.

Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into two components (lectures and practical workshops).

The lectures will introduce students to the form and function of documentary as it has developed internationally, in both film and television and aims to develop their critical understanding of documentary production.

The practical workshops will develop production skills such as planning, organisation, production management, camera, lighting, sound and post production techniques.

Students will work independently or in small crews to develop their ideas and produce their own short documentary.
The syllabus will typically include:

The documentary form: history, codes and conventions in documentary production;

Narrative and documentary structure;

Research for documentary production;

Producing and directing documentary;

Camera, sound and lighting for documentary;

Documentary post production;

Distribution and screening practices in the documentary industry
NB During the second half of the semester, students will undertake directed study during some of the lecture times, using the time to develop and produce their documentary production project.

Lecturers will provide support in the workshop sessions or by appointment.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26    1  39    84  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Essay 40.00
2 Practical Project 60.00

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