ACF305 - Documentary Production

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Unit available for enrolment from 2024

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:

ACM217, ACM317, ACF202 

Unit Chair:Trimester 1: TBA
Trimester 2: TBA

Students must complete one level 1 unit from ACF103 OR ACF109 and two level 2 units ACF208 and another ACF level 2 unit

Incompatible with:

ACM217, ACM317

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week

Students must attend and participate in project-based activities at the Burwood campus on the scheduled days during the trimester, commencing in week 1


Student enrolment quotas apply to this unit


The topics to be addressed in this unit includes: contemporary practices, audiences and institutions, modalities of documentary, power and ethics in documentary practice; distinctions between documentary, news, infotainment, and other non-narrative forms; the identification of source material including archive material, and production techniques specific to documentary making.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Devise and present documentary proposals and treatments

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Create a story from actual events that audiences will engage with and accept as truthful

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Apply production techniques appropriate to documentary

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO5: Problem solving


Contribute effectively in collaborative teams to develop a pitch into a proposal for a documentary film

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO7: Teamwork


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Project Pitch 1200 words
or equivalent (written and oral presentation)
30% Week 3
Assessment 2 (Group) - Proposal and Treatment 1200 words 30% Week 7
Assessment 3 (Group) - Documentary Production 1600 words 40% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACF305
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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