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Undergraduate Course: FTV 3C Documentary: Reel engagement (DESI10128)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course enables students to work with an external non-profit organisation on a live project to research and produce a short piece of moving image. Through this collaboration, you will gain a deeper understanding of how issues of our time can be enhanced by the usefulness of documentary film in contributing to social change through inventive and innovative methods.
Course description How do documentary filmmakers engage with community, impact their audiences and create social change with their films?
This course enables students to work with an external non-profit organisation to research and produce a short piece of moving image work in a limited time period. Through film screenings/seminars and through the process of collaboration, you will gain a deeper understanding of how issues of our time can be enhanced by the usefulness of documentary film in exacting social change through inventive and innovative methods.

The aims of the course will be to encourage students to engage with communities outside college and develop an awareness of contemporary documentary practice beyond traditional forms of making and distribution. Students can also expect to consider the ethical implications of this type of engagement and will need to think carefully about appropriate research and an output which is aligned with the needs of the organisation. You will therefore begin to position your personal creative approach and storytelling skills within the context of making work for a 'client-based environment', catering to external needs while expanding your own creative repertoire, professionalism and resources.

Students will work in small teams to research, develop and communicate your ideas through an industry-appropriate treatment, a verbal presentation with supporting visual material and a final piece of moving image (1-2mins in duration)

The course will be delivered through lectures, group tutorials and workshops with regular feedback from peers and staff.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on a Degree Programme in the School of Design
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesAvailable to visiting students in the Design School provided they have substantial previous film making experience including camera/sound/editing skills
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research ideas and concepts in response to the moving image requirements of the external organization with reference to ethical considerations
  2. Communicate ideas and intentions in a short industry-appropriate treatment and verbal presentation
  3. Resolve ideas into an edited short piece of moving image
Reading List
Cousins, M., & Macdonald, K. (2005). Imagining reality : The Faber book of documentary. (Revised ed.). London: Faber.

Bernard, S., & Rabin, K. (2009). Archival storytelling : A filmmaker's guide to finding, using, and licensing third-party visuals and music. Amsterdam ; Boston: Focal Press.

Rabiger, M. (2004). Directing the documentary (Fourth ed.). Amsterdam ; Boston: Focal Press.

Van Sijll, J. (2005). Cinematic storytelling : The 100 most powerful film conventions every filmmaker must know. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions.

Nash, Kate. (n.d.). I-Docs and the Documentary Tradition: Exploring Questions of Engagement. In I-Docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary (Nonfictions, pp. 9-25). New York, NY: Wallflower
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Time management skills
Pitching skills
Communicating and responding to a live project brief
Working for others - client based work - professionalism
Collaborating in a team - students work together in groups
Course organiserMs Tracey Fearnehough
Course secretaryMr Rhiordan Langan-Fortune
Tel: (0131 6)51 5926
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