Documentary Production

Course Information
TitleΠαραγωγή Ντοκιμαντέρ (Θ/Α) / Documentary Production
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolJournalism and Mass Communications
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorElisavet Georgiadou
Course ID600014653

Programme of Study: UPS School of Journalism and Mass Communications (2010-today)

Registered students: 26
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Mass CommunicationsElective Courses belonging to the otherSpring-5
JournalismElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)Spring-5

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours4
Total Hours52
Class ID
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Creativity and collaboration is required, good use of computers and possession of a video recording device, e.g. DSLR camera, compact camera or mobile phone with video capture capabilities and headphones
Learning Outcomes
• Projecting the cinematic value of the documentary, conceptually and artistically, • Familiarizing students with the basic concepts of producing documentary films, • Developing research skills related to the content of a documentary, • Familiarizing students with the basic concepts of the production flow of a cinematic work (idea, pre-production, production, post-production), • Acquiring practical skills of the most useful techniques and tools used by filmmakers to produce documentaries, • Producing related individual exercises and short documentaries. Because of its laboratory nature, the course has compulsory attendance and because of the limited lab positions it is required to register in a form of interest at the beginning of the semester.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The importance of non-fictional content in the image industry is indisputable. The documentaries inform and sensitize the audience for a wide range of topics in an entertaining way. In the age of digital creativity, documentaries have expanded their reach to the public through the Internet, television and film festivals. The aim of the documentary production course is to introduce students to the art of documentary creation and to help them develop the professional skills required in the field. The course, structured in practical exercises, explores all phases of documentary film production: the conception of an idea, pre-production, production and post-production.
documentary production
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Video lectures
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
  • documentaries
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Laboratory Work31
Student Assessment
The course evaluation is based on the creation of a 5-10 minute documentary, to combine in practice, the laboratory and creative work of the students. The design and scheduling of the lectures / workshops is based on the overall creative path -original idea, development, production, postproduction - and therefore during teaching, every step leading to the final deliverable will be evaluated through corrections/feedback.
Student Assessment methods
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Καρακάσης, Α., Γούσιος, Χ., Κεφάλας, Κ., 2015. Εφόδιο για νέους ντοκιμαντερίστες. [ηλεκτρ. βιβλ.] Αθήνα: Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών. Διαθέσιμο στο: Σκοπετέας, Ιωάννης (2016). Κάμερα, Φως και Εικόνα στην ψηφιακή οπτικοακουστική καταγραφή. Εκδόσεις Ίων. ISBN: 978-960-508-206-2, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 59384091.
Additional bibliography for study
Alan Rosenthal and Ned Eckhardt (2016) Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Digital Videos, 5th Edition, USA
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