As part of the training opportunities connected to UC DocLab, we offer the following degree courses and units:

Undergraduate level 

Bachelor in Media Arts and Production

The degree in Media Arts and Production is a balanced program of advanced practical production work and integrated analytical study. It provides students with sophisticated knowledge, skills and abilities to produce advanced creative works, and equips them to find work in the constantly changing media industries.

The course takes an integrated approach to production, covering television and video production, sound, networked and interactive media, motion graphics and 2D and 3D animation.

The course emphasises creative production in a dynamic cultural and industrial context.

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Within this degree, the following units offer the opportunity to work with Documentary and i-Doc:

Major Creative Project

This unit allows students to complete a major writing or media arts project under professional conditions.

Students are expected to show considerable independence and initiative in completing this work, which will be overseen by supervising tutors.

Students will be able to work collaboratively. A series of workshops and consultations will aid students to bring their projects to a standard that contributes to their chosen field of practice.

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Documentary Production

This unit provides a historical and conceptual overview of creative non-fiction production, from John Grierson's documentaries in the 1920s, through to the contemporary filmmakers who have contributed to the wide diversity of current styles and forms.

Drawing on this overview, and on production and research skills from other Media Arts units, students will produce their own short form documentaries, from idea generation, research, and scripting, through to filming, editing and post-production.

As part of this process, students will explore a variety of creative fact-based forms and styles including process documentary, performative documentary, cinema-verite, political and propaganda documentary, dramatised and reflexive documentary.

This unit integrates theory and practice to provide a critical understanding of the diversity of the documentary form.

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Graduate level


High performing students may be eligible to take Honours year through the Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

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Master of Arts in Communication (Documentary / i-Doc) 

This Master is a specialization of the UC Master of Arts in Communication (Research) (230AA.3)

The Master of Arts in Communication (Documentary / i-Doc) is designed to equip students with a critical understanding of advanced communication or cultural theories and research in the specific area of documentary and interactive documentary (i-Doc).

As part of these studies, you will acquire sound knowledge of the field of documentary, and the ability to complete a substantial research project and to extend their field through a contribution to knowledge or a new presentation of existing knowledge.

Our candidates will undertake investigation, developmental or creative work on topics focused on documentary and i-Doc. They will produce either a research or a creative thesis as their research product.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Documentary / i-Doc)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a higher degree by research course in which a student, under academic supervision, conducts independent, original and specialised research. The course incorporates an initial six-month 12 credit point coursework component to be completed in the first semester of the PhD.

Upon successful completion of this coursework, students will be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Research Methods and Design (AQF Level 8 qualification). Students can then also progress into the research phase of the course. The coursework component can be skipped if a student is accepted into the accelerated entry pathway.

Students who are completing our Master by research in Documentary / i-Doc may apply for conversion to PhD and accelerated entry.

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