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Documentary

This course provides an in-depth history of the development of the documentary film and questions what actually constitutes a documentary. You will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the non-fiction practices that form such an important part of cinema, television and internet production and consumption.

The course will focus on the emergence and impact of documentary in Britain and France, as well as covering a range of examples of international documentary films made within different cultural contexts and from different countries. International examples will also include ethnographic film and indigenous practices. You will engage with contemporary theories of documentary and non-fiction film, as well as viewing and engaging with a lot of film, video and online material that you will not have seen before.

Teaching and learning involves a variety of methods including presentations, pair/group work, class discussions, screenings, independent study outside of class, and individual tutorials.

This course is currently being run online.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 5

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    This short course has prerequisite(s). If you try to enrol on this short course without completing the prerequisite(s), you will not be able to complete your enrolment. Please contact us if you would like further information

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Tue 12-Jan-21 6pm-8pm

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