mss3doc documentary and prod




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students will draw on their previous critical and production subjects to understand, question, contest and produce creative works. Students will build on their theoretical and practical understanding of non-fiction media practices by exploring key debates related to the treatment of human subjects, claims to truth, performance, voice and relations between propaganda, political and personal forms of media. Through a series of seminars, practical exercise, screenings and demonstrations, students explore a range of aesthetic approaches and production techniques relevant to documentary and factual production. Drawing on treatments developed in creative teams, students will work together to produce short documentaries for possible broadcast based on a selection of projects pitched in class.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAngie Black

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CST1IFA or MST1MTN or MSS1SSA and MST2SCV or MST3SCV or MSS2SCV or co-ordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects CST3DOC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDirecting the DocumentaryPreliminaryRabiger, MFOCAL PRESS, AMSTERDAM, 2009
ReadingsIntroduction to DocumentaryPreliminaryNichols, BINDIANA UP 2001
ReadingsNew Challengers for documentaryPreliminaryRosenthal. A & J CornerMANCHESTER UNIVERSITY PRESS, MANCHESTER 2005
ReadingsThe Documentary Film Movement:An AnthologyPreliminaryAitken, IEDINBURGH UP 1998
ReadingsTheorizing DocumentaryPreliminaryRenov, MROUTLEDGE, NEW YORK 1993

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate effective communication in writing, speech and or other media

Through creating practical field exercises and participating in a short documentary
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02. Ability to express ideas in a public forum

Pitching a creative project, leading discussion
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03. Produce work at a high standard which demonstrates the effective use of techniques in the manipulation of sound and image.

Construct and produce a fully researched short documentary video using practical and critical audio-visual skills. In class critique and discussion.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

04. Demonstrate ability to work both collaboratively and individually on media projects.

Produce and attend production meetings, attend all classes punctually and display time management skills working to a deadline.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

05. Expand knowledge of media genres, aesthetics and their cultural contexts.

Through participation in the creative project and in-class screenings, writing critical reviews.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size75

Enrolment information HUSS technical services and staff production & editing equipment Preference given to ABMS or ABM.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAngie Black

Class requirements

Lecture/FilmWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture/film per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
1,000-word pitch2001, 02
1,000-word visual analysis essay3003, 05
2,000-words short documentary production5003, 04