Course Info

DOC 496: Advanced Topics in Documentary (Formerly DC 474)

Due to COVID-19, Spring in-class sections will be conducted online. Please contact your instructor for more information.

This class will be an in-depth examination of a filmmaker, film genre, film movement, or film production technique that has had a significant influence on the development of non-fiction storytelling and expression. Through lectures, screenings, readings, discussions, critical writing assignments, and/or creative projects, students will analyze the distinctive traits of the selected topic within the broader context of documentary history and culture. Specific topics will be selected by the instructor and will vary with each quarter. Classes will consist of lectures, screenings, in-class discussions, analyses, as well as creative assignments. Students are encouraged to explore their individual creative "voice" and to use this knowledge to stimulate original work in their areas of interest.

This course is repeatable.

Spring 2019-2020

Topic: Cinematic Essay
Section: 901
Class number: 31003
Meeting time: Th 10:00AM - 1:15PM
Location: REMOT E0000

Winter 2019-2020

Topic: Docufiction
Section: 801
Class number: 25475
Meeting time: W 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS LL105 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Brian Zahm | View syllabus

Fall 2019-2020

Topic: Filming with Social Change Agents
Section: 401
Class number: 16317
Meeting time: M 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: CDM 00708 at Loop Campus

Winter 2018-2019

Topic: Filming with Social Change Agents
Section: 801
Class number: 26778
Meeting time: Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: CDM 00708 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Anu Rana | View syllabus

Spring 2016-2017

Section: 901
Class number: 36909
Meeting time: Th 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus

Fall 2016-2017

Topic: Creating the Personal Documentary
Section: 701
Class number: 41622
Meeting time: Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS 00214 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Anu Rana | View syllabus