Faculty of Arts


Introduction to Directing

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for SCREEN 701.


This course provides students with a practical overview of the drama and documentary production process from a director’s point of view. Students are taken through pre-production, production and post-production on a series of group projects, as well as their own two-minute short. This course emphasises the importance of character and story alongside acquiring practical skills. Students are encouraged to critique their own work as well as the work of their classmates.

Students who have completed this course will be able to:

  • Understand and engage with the conventions and creative possibilities of film grammar, style and narrative
  • Reflect upon, justify and undertake active decision-making in the face of creative constraints and opportunities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of film and television production
  • Operate camera, sound, lighting and post-production equipment in accordance with basic professional standards

Provisional class limits for 2018: Enrolment is limited to 15 students, with selection based on eligibility for admission to a postgraduate programme in Screen Production and the qualitative evaluation of Portfolio submitted.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Semester 1




Voice and Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV Production. 2nd ed. Burlington, MA: Focal Press, 2012.


SCREEN 701: 30.0 points



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