Documentary Arts(COM320)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
COM320 Documentary Arts 6 2 1 0 3 6
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction English
Course Type Elective
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) Murad Ö. ÖZDEMİR (Email)
Objective This course takes a practice-based approach to examining the audiovisual documentary expressions of art in a variety of media formats.
Content Focusing on interactions amongst documentary film, photography, sound studies and performance art, students will be encouraged to experiment with unique approaches to audiovisual media with their existing skill sets.The course also involves careful and intensive reading and analysis in the contemporary state of documentary modes of representation. A substantial amount of class preparation time should be devoted to listening to recordings and watching documentary videos.
Course Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this class students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of aesthetic history of documentary representation.
2. Debate ethical issues inherent in creative non-fiction forms of art.
3. Appreciate the impact of emerging forms of multimedia on documentary forms of artistic expression.
4. Evaluate and engage with scholarly arguments.
Teaching and Learning Methods Seminar, Media Applications
References Bondebjerg, Ib. 2014 Documentary and Cognitive Theory: Narrative, Emotion and Memory. Media and Communication 2: 13-22,

Bruzzi, Stella: New Documentary. Second Edition, 2006

Novak D. and Sakakeeny M. (eds.) 2015. Keywords in Sound. Durham and London: Duke UniversityPress.

Nichols, Bill: Introduction to Documentary. Second Edition, 2010

Wang, C., & Burris, M. A. (1997). Photovoice: Concept, Methodology, and Use for Participatory Needs Assessment. Health Education & Behavior, 24(3), 369–387.
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Theory Topics
Week Weekly Contents
1 Introduction to the course
2 Art and Everyday Life I
3 Art and Everyday Life II
4 Documentary Film Aesthetics
5 Modes of Documentary Representation
6 Sensory Engagements: On Sound
7 Sensory Engagements: On Photography
8 Oral History
9 Autobiographical Documentary
10 Photovoice Practice
11 Photovoice Practice
12 Synesthesia/Visual Music
13 Final Project Presentations
14 Final Project Presentations
Practice Topics
Week Weekly Contents
Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 4 50
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 50
Toplam 5 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 3 30
Presentation 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 0 0
Project 1 50
Laboratory 0 0
Other Applications 1 20
Quiz 0 0
Term Paper/ Project 0 0
Portfolio Study 0 0
Reports 0 0
Learning Diary 0 0
Thesis/ Project 0 0
Seminar 0 0
Other 0 0
Toplam 5 100
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Will have effective written and oral communication skills in Turkish
2 Will have a thorough knowledge of at least two foreign languages X
3 Will be informed about art and culture, human rights, social, professional and ethical values, law and legislation, quality standards, and will be aware of their responsibility on these subjects X
4 Will have sufficient knowledge about social sciences, professions and sectors in communication and media, innovative and entrepreneurial practices X
5 Will have the ability to use, in an effective and creative way, the techniques and tools and information technologies necessary for interactive and conventional media, in the context of health and safety in the workplace X
6 Will have the ability to develop documentary and fictional content related to their field for interactive and conventional media; also the ability to produce and manage this content in group X
7 Will have the theoretical knowledge and ability to carry out and share scientific work on communication environments and processes of interactive and conventional media and on the individual and social outcomes of the latter X
8 Will have the knowledge of analysis and modelling techniques to analyse interactive and conventional media and the communication environments and processes X
9 Will have the ability to question and critically analyse developments and problems concerning interactive and conventional media and the communication environments and processes, will be aware of the public interest, social responsibility and the environment, will be sensitive to contemporary world’s and Turkey's current problems; will develop a libertarian, democratic, constructive and problem-solving approach X
10 They are familiar with the historical development processes of electronic, digital media and film; and the current developments in these fields X
11 They learn sociological, cultural and aesthetic approaches in electronic, digital media and film X
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 14 2 28
Working Hours out of Class 14 2 28
Assignments 4 12 48
Project 1 25 25
Other Applications 1 15 15
Total Workload 144
Total Workload / 25 5,76
Credits ECTS 6
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