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SEL3347 : Contemporary Documentary 2: Theory & Practice

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To have an introduction to the historical developments of documentary practise in the 20th century focusing on more recent 21st century documentary practitioners.

Students will also be taught a range of skills in production to develop an understanding of the practical implications of documentary production to have an immersed understanding of the codes and conventions of the discipline.

Students will be able to critically analyse contemporary documentary work.

Outline Of Syllabus

Through lectures, screenings, technical workshops, production practice and a short series of visiting lecturers, students will have the experience of studying documentary as a genre and becoming aware of its various strands. Students will give presentations on a range of filmmakers whose work will be introduced through the course of the semester, they will analyse methodologies including codes and conventions and be able to make some practical experiments with the medium.

Students will be required to give oral presentations, create a short documentary, and write an essay on an aspect of contemporary documentary practice or, alternatively, will be able to make a proposal to create one of a select number of final projects which can be practice based.

All practice-based final submissions (in lieu of a formal essay) will also have a written element in which students are expected to reflect on their experience of practice, self-analyse their completed production and place their work in a historical and contemporary context.

Not all students may be allowed automatically to follow the practice-based option. There may be a selection process for this according to the quality of applications and the availability of resources.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture123:0036:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work182:0082:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study173:0073:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is a practice-based course that explores documentary film-making in the framework of understanding theory in practice. Students gain practical skills while reflecting on theoretical ideas in contemporary documentary.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation102A2010 minute in class presentation
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A70Essay (of 2500 words) or Documentary Practice Film (plus 2000 word reflective commentary)
Prof skill assessmnt2A10Attendance and participation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

There are two options for this course:

OPTION ONE: Students will write a 2,500 word essay on a documentary maker and their practice.

OPTION TWO: Students film a 4 minute documentary self-portrait and this material will then be edited using a computer based non-linear editing system. Students following this option will write a 2,000 word essay reflecting on their own practice and contextualising their work in the practice and ideas of other filmmakers or movements.

Students working in teams also give an Oral Presentation that is assessed. Lastly, attendance and group work are assessed. Attendance is essential as workshops missed are critical skills that are difficult to obtain elsewhere. Also as there is a high degree of teamwork, student attendance is therefore essential.

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