Faculty of Arts


Documentary Making


This course is structured as a hands-on production class in which students will produce, direct and edit a 9-12 minute documentary. The lecturer will work largely as an “executive producer”, providing guidance and feedback, and setting certain deadlines that students will have to meet. It is assumed that students will have basic skills in production and post-production: there will be some demonstrations in class that will be followed up at the workshops. If further practice is needed students can always check out the equipment in their own time.

Documentary crews tend to be small, from 1-4 people. Students are encouraged to crew for each other. All students work as producer/director and editor of their own documentaries but may wish to work with others as DoP and sound recordists. Students should aim to film their documentaries in 4-5 shooting days, and will spend three to four weeks in the edit.

Class limits for 2020

Enrolment is limited to 18 students, based on eligibility for admission to the PG programme in Screen Production and the qualitative evaluation of the portfolio submitted.


Anderson, Kelly, Martin Lucas, Mick Hubris-Cherrier and Amy Saidens (2016). Documentary Voice & Vision A Creative Approach to Non-Fiction Media Production. Focal Press. (available online and through short loan).


Recommended Reading

Rabiger, Michael (2015) Directing the documentary. Focal Press.

Rosenthal, Alan (2007) Writing, directing, and producing documentary films and videos. Southern Illinois University Press.



Availability 2021

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Professor Annie Goldson


A Creative Approach to Non-Fiction Media Production, 1st ed. Kelly Anderson and Mary Lucas. Routledge.

Recommended Reading


COMMS 713: 30.0 points

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