Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Research Practices: Documentary
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Dissertation proposal and schedule  2000 words  50%
Semester Assessment Diss Proposal (re--written as PhD by practice application)  2000 words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of the failed element(s)  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1 ? Research an idea and develop it into a documentary project and production.
2 ? Develop a funding strategy for the project.
3 - Propose different forms of dissemination for the project.
4 - Identify and communicate the research question for a project.
5 ? Discuss their project as a research by practice outcome.
6 - Understand the principles to budget and schedule a documentary production.
7 ? Carry out research in a film & sound archive


Research Practices: Documentary identifies and explores different components of both research and professional practice in documentary film making. It is not intended to offer a comprehensive training, but to identify areas of research and professional practice which students can develop in relation to their own idiom and interests. The module also contextualizes documentary within an academic context as a research output. In this sense the module offers research preparation for students who wish to continue to PhD study.
The module is supported by a programme of visiting speakers, who will discuss their own work as case histories from the perspective of `the producer?. Students will discover many different ways in which the practical and material dynamics of a production shape the creative process.


3 Content:

6 x 4 hours seminars

1. From idea to project ? This session will consider the question `what is an idea??. From there, we will discuss researching the component constituents of a project; evolving narrative forms; the implications of form and scale; and finally identifying areas of potential funding.

2. Writing proposals / treatments. This session will discuss the functions of a proposal document and what makes a good proposal. Although primarily concerned with written documents, the session will explore the use of images in proposals and approaches to creating pilots.

3. Exploring Archive. This session will be held at The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales in The National Library of Wales. Students will be given a tour of the facilities and shown how to search for materials. There will also be an introduction to different film and video formats.

4. Schedule and Budget. Using a documentary `case history?, this session will explore the basic principles behind developing a schedule and budget for a documentary film production.

5. Dissemination and funding: This session will investigate the different forms of dissemination and the funding implications for each. For documentary this involves theatrical distribution [cinema]; dissemination on the internet; film festivals; galleries; education

6. Practice as Research. This session focuses on practice as research within an academic context. The focus will be on reframing students? already completed projects and exploring retrospectively the possible `research questions? that were explored and how those might be situated within the context of a PhD by practice proposal.

4 x 40 minutes one-to-one tutorials to supervise the research and development of each student'r dissertation project proposal.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Communication skills are central to both the research and development of each dissertation film project.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be able to evaluate their self management strategies and procedures. This will be assessed in the proposals for the dissertation project.
Information Technology Students will be using a variety of it and post-production software platforms .
Personal Development and Career planning This module requires students to consider their work within a context of professional practice.
Problem solving Students will develop ways to solve both creative and practical production problems using research and professional practice skills
Research skills Students will develop their research methods and procedures. This will be assessed in their proposals for the dissertation module. They will also have specific skills to research in film/sound archives.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Students will collaborate informally


This module is at CQFW Level 7