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
2022/3, 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:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module allows you to develop your technical skills and production techniques for documentary, as well as enhance your critical understanding and creative thinking about documentary modes of representation.

You will acquire a greater understanding of key documentary concepts through lectures, screenings and workshops (LO1 and 2). There is an emphasis in the module on student-centred learning through self-motivated research and practice. You will take your own initiative in exploring documentary theory and practice, and in developing your creative and collaborative approaches to documentary filmmaking. You will be encouraged to interpret documentary representation in very broad ways and to continually rethink and rework your creative approaches to documentary. This process will be supported in tutorials held at regular intervals (LO3 and 4).

Formative Assessment:
You are encouraged to collaborate and support your peers on their documentary film projects.

You are required to keep a record of your research, creative development and critical reflection in a workbook or blog which should be made available at regular intervals to your collaborators and your tutors. This will inform the development of your ideas and practice through the course of the module.

You will receive verbal feedback at regular intervals during tutorials to support the development of your documentary film ideas and practice. You are expected to record and reflect on your feedback using the Tutorial Action form. This process will help to translate feedback into action points.

Summative Assessment:
In this module you will undertake two elements of summative assessment.

You will demonstrate your understanding of documentary theory, and the relationship between subject and form in relation to your own practice, in a critical essay (LO1, 2 and 3).

You will be assessed on the scope and depth and the development and translation of your research into audio-visual ideas, alongside the demonstration of appropriate technical skills and a creative approach in completing a short documentary film project (LO3 and 4).

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

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