Core Module Information
Module title: Advanced Documentary Practice

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LMD09125
Module leader: Sana Bilgrami
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

You will develop your techniques of documentary research and observation, storytelling, creative visualisation and structure. You will advance your documentary camera and sound skills, and interview techniques. You will also further cultivate an understanding of the different modes of documentary production, and explore a range of cinematic approaches to documenting and interrogating ‘reality’.

You will be encouraged to interpret the concept of documentary representation in very broad ways and to continually rethink and rework your own creative approaches to documentary. This emphasis on lateral thinking and imaginative interpretation of a brief will endow you with creative skills that are applicable to a wide range of work within the media industries.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of the module you will be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the major arguments and debates with respect to ideas of ‘truth’ and the representation of ‘facts’ in the documentary form;
LO2: Identify and analyse different modes of documentary;
LO3: Critically reflect on the process of researching and developing concepts for documentary, and the necessary connection between subject and form;
LO4: Identify and demonstrate key technical skills and techniques involved in documentary production.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sana Bilgrami
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 15
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Face To Face Tutorial 13
Independent Learning Guided independent study 166
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 35 1,2,3 9 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Project - Practical 65 3, 4 13 HOURS= 00.10
Component 1 subtotal: 35
Component 2 subtotal: 65
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
LMD09125 Advanced Documentary Practice