Faculty of Arts


Advanced Documentary Directing

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for SCREEN 713.


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 you need further practice 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.

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 syllabusFind out more about postgraduate study in Screen Production

Availability 2018

Semester 2


Lecturer(s) Professor Annie Goldson


Documentary voice & vision: a creative approach to non-fiction media production, Kelly Anderson, Martin Lucas, Mick Hurbis-Cherrier, Amy Saidens, 2016 (available online and through short loan).


SCREEN 713: 30.0 points



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