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Module Code: COM212
Module Title: Documentary Production
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: School of Film and TV Arts
Pre-requisites: COM115
The module builds on the students’ skills and knowledge of digital media production established at Level 1 and aims to develop their critical understanding of documentary production. The module emphasises the relationship between theory and practice by exploring the documentary form through existing concepts such as audience, representation, and reportage.

Production work is single-camera based and students are encouraged to shoot on location. Students will develop production skills such as planning, organisation, production management, camera, lighting, sound and post production techniques. As part of a small production team, students devise, research, schedule, script, shoot and edit a documentary video of 5 to 10 minutes duration.

Through lectures, screenings, workshops and exercises, the module aims to develop students’ critical awareness and understanding of conceptual and contextual issues of the documentary form and how these relate to their practical work.

Learning outcomes 
A develop and broaden their practical skills in digital media production;

B develop their knowledge of research and production techniques in relation to documentary production work;

C understand the nature of pre-production, production, and post-production work in relation to documentary production;

D be able to critically evaluate their individual role in documentary production within the wider context of media industry practices and constraints;

E be able to criticise their own production work in the context of documentary production as a whole.

Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into two components: lectures and tutorials/workshops. The lectures explore the theory behind documentary production techniques, while the workshops and tutorials provide students with an opportunity to develop skills in camera work, lighting, sound recording and editing. Students will work in independent small groups to develop their ideas and produce their own short documentary.
Topics 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;

 post production workshops;

 distribution and screening practices in the documentary industry.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26    13  13    98  150 


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

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