Course Title: Documentary Production

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Documentary Production

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Andrew Harrison

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4350

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 94.02.34

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to produce a short screen based documentary. You will explore aspects of documentary production such as historical developments and contemporary approaches in documentary making, including ethical and cultural issues.

You will develop a short documentary as part of a team and through this process you will learn about image sequences as story telling tools, image composition and sound recording, as they apply to monologue and/or dialogue-based screen media.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • analyse historical and contemporary approaches to developing documentaries
  • identify ethical and cultural issues in the development of documentaries
  • discuss technical concepts and requirements for producing video and audio media for a documentary
  • apply a range of technical skills and work effectively as a team member to produce a short documentary

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Media and Communication students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you met the course's learning outcomes. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.