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FSP2001 Documentary and Reality TV

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 24 September 2023


Pre-requisite: FSP1002
Enrolment is not permitted in FSP2001 if FTR2006 has been previously completed.


This is an intermediate level course in the Film program aimed at developing student’s skills and knowledge as a professional filmmaker.
In today’s world documentary film serves to document reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. Documentary film provides a voice for minorities and the marginalised and is an important media form to bring matters to the attention of a society. Reality TV is a spin-off from documentary, which contains much more manipulation of the content. This course identifies some of the key points in the development of the documentary and reality TV form and its evolution.

Students are introduced to the history and aesthetic practices of the Documentary film and site its place and importance in the history of cinema. The course also considers at how reality TV has evolved from the documentary form. Documentary production and reality TV techniques are then explained using practical examples. Students then use this skill and knowledge base to write and produce their own documentary films or reality TV pilot in a group situation.

This course develops in students the organisational, planning and strategic skills required of the documentary and factual entertainment producer. It provides opportunities for students to develop the skills needed to interpret, critically analyse and produce their own documentary films or reality TV shows using methods and techniques learnt in previous courses.

It requires students to apply their grasp of documentary and factual entertainment theory, and to produce a completed original documentary or factual entertainment production in video as authentic assessment.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 24 September 2023