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Code: MM0057     Acronym: DOC

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Visual Arts
OFICIAL Communication Sciences

Instance: 2017/2018 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Informatics Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Multimedia

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MM 7 Syllabus 1 - 6 45 162

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
Soraia Alexandra Mesquita Ferreira 3,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


Provide students with fundamental knowledge about the aesthetics and techniques of the documentary form:

  • Learn and apply the aesthetics and techniques of the documentary form

  • Create video projects employing a non-fiction, documentary approach

  • Use screenings, discussions and reading to stimulate the student ability to tackle their own documentary projects

  • Pitch his/hers documentary project

  • Make a production folder for his/hers documentary

  • Make an electronic press kit for his/hers documentary

Learning outcomes and competences

 At the end of the course the student will be able to: 

  • Create video projects employing a non-fiction, documentary approach
  • Pitch a documentary
  • Make a production folder 
  • Make an electronic press kit 

Working method



  • Brief introduction to the history of documentary

  • Pitching

  • Introduction to story

  • Pre-production: introduction to the production folder (synopsis, treatment, script, schedule, production lists, budget and contracts)

  • Introduction to camera and audio

  • Directing – elements and grammar

  • Documentaries genres

  • Production

  • Post-Production: editing theory and editing software

  • Distribution: electronic press kit (biographies, scene pictures, poster)

Mandatory literature

Michael Rabiger; Directing the Documentary
Christopher Vogler; Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
Robert McKee; Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting

Teaching methods and learning activities

These theoretical and practical classes provide an introduction to the documentary form and provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding, language and appreciation for the aesthetics, history, theory and techniques of non-fiction film. Each student will individually make a 3-minute documentary and will also take part in the making of a 10-minute documentary with his/hers classmates.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 50,00
Trabalho de campo 50,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 52,00
Elaboração de relatório/dissertação/tese 20,00
Estudo autónomo 45,00
Frequência das aulas 45,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Do not exceed the maximum number of absences and participate actively in the development of the proposed documentaries and production folder and electronic press kit.

Students with worker statute or equivalent are exempted from classes but must present the progress of their work, and should make their presentation together with ordinary students.

In each evaluation topic, the student should obtain a grade equal ou higher than 10.

Calculation formula of final grade

The final mark is calculated by the following formula:


FM = ID * 30% + P * 10% + PF * 5% + GD * 40% + EPK * 5% + C * 10%



ID: Individual documentary
P: Pitch
PF: Production folder 
GD: Group documentary
EPK: Electronic press kit
C: Participation in class

Classification improvement

The final grade can only be improved in a new edition of the course.

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