University of Technology Sydney

54031 Composing the Real

8cp; To comply with health advice from NSW Health, the planned delivery of this subject for Spring 2021 has been adjusted. Activities scheduled for campus until the 27th of August (inclusive) are being moved online. Timetabled activities for the remainder of the session will be held on campus only if the public health situation permits face-to-face learning in available teaching spaces. Please log into Canvas and monitor your UTS email for the latest advice concerning subject delivery and assessment information.
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Anti-requisite(s): 58115 Composing the Real


This subject explores conceptual and production approaches to documentary media forms. Students are introduced to key documentary modes and examine and develop documentary projects involving a range of outcomes from photo essay to video and sound documentary to emerging online and interactive documentary projects. Activities include short documentary exercises across a range of media and the development of a short documentary treatment. The main focus of study and production is on linear moving image documentaries but hybrid forms and boundary blurring such as animated documentaries, reality TV, and other cross-overs between fiction and non-fiction are also examined. Throughout the subject, students investigate the issues facing media producers seeking to work with the 'creative interpretation of reality'.

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