You will study three core units during the year.
Core course units:
From Idea to Screen
From Idea to Screen introduces the practice of documentary film making - exploring eclectic notions of the genre, from the conventional to those more associated with fine art. The course tutors also use their own work which is deconstructed across all its constituent parts idea, conception, pre-production planning, and research, shooting and post-production. Ideas to Screen will explore ways of translating observations and ideas into imagery – both visual and aural. There will be an emphasis on experimental forms of narrative – at time crossing the boundaries between fine art and documentary. For the final and assessed project in this unit, each student will be asked make a video ‘portrait’ of a character.
Foundations of Production
Contemporary documentary production requires managerial and business skills as well as creative ones. This unit will instruct you in the industrial skills required for the production of video, television and multimedia documentary. These include researching the market, writing proposals, acquiring funding for development and production, drafting contracts, drawing up budgets, copyright clearance, and marketing.
Major Documentary Production – Dissertation
Developing out of study, research and practice from previous units, you will direct and produce a substantial documentary production. This is the largest assignment in the course and is appropriately weighted. The unit is tutorial based.
On completion of the course graduates will have:
- gained invaluable experience of both authored and commercial documentary production
- the ability to develop their own ideas, preparing them for the documentary industry but also finding ways to reinvent it
- an understanding of documentary film genre and its changing boundaries as well as the changing technologies and their impact on the genre
- an advanced understanding of the processes of making a documentary film from initial concept to final form and the various stages of production.
- an awareness of the institutions and mechanisms of the UK film and television industry
- a critical knowledge of the current and changing platforms for documentary film, from cinema to television and the internet.