Course Information
FacultyFine Arts
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorApostolos Karakasis
Course ID280005941

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Film Studies (2009-2013)

Registered students: 138
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory Course424

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
to distinguish different types of documentary film to critically analyze a documentary to write a treatment for a documentary film to make a short trailer in support of their proposal to guide others in conceiving and developing a treatment
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Design and manage projects
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The objective of the course is to provide students with an introduction to the various modes of documentary filmmaking and to the great creative and expressive possibilities offered to those who wish to explore it. Starting by detaching the notion of documentary film from the conventional factual television programs, lacking «cinematic charm», the course encourages students to discover the documentary forms that will excite and inspire them personally. The Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival -that takes part every March- is therefore creatively incorporated in the curriculum. Students are expected to participate actively in the festival, encounter various narratives, meet Greek and foreign filmmakers and write a critical analysis on the structure and style of their favourite festival film. The theoretical part of the course refers to the evolution of documentary film, its history, the main trends and the classic case-studies. Parallel to that students are introduced to the main theoretical issues and concepts of documentary that allow them to develop a critical approach. The main project of the course is the preparation of a 2-3 page treatment for a documentary film, through research, writing of a series of drafts and presentations in class.
documentary, treatment
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities210.7
Written assigments60.2
Artistic creation240.8
Student Assessment
Students are evaluated on the basis of their two written projects as well as their participation in class. Regular class attendance is expected of all students. Students who fail to attend 70% of the classes cannot have a successful evaluation despite the quality of their submitted projects.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. ΚΑΡΑΚΑΣΗΣ Απόστολος. Εφόδιο για νέους ντοκιμαντερίστες, ΣΕΑΒ 2015 2. BRESCHAND Jean, Ντοκιμαντέρ, η άλλη όψη του κινηματογράφου, μτφρ. Δώρα Θυμιοπούλου, Πατάκης 2006. 3. ΣΤΕΦΑΝΗ Εύα, 10 κείμενα για το ντοκιμαντέρ, μτφρ. Πατάκης 2007.
Additional bibliography for study
Barnouw, Erik. Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film (Oxford, 1973). Rabinger, Michael. Directing the Documentary (Focal Press, 2004). Bernard Curran, Sheila. Documentary storytelling for Film and Videomakers (Focal Press, 2004)
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