No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2016

COM117 Directing Information Programs (8)


In this subject students are introduced to the foundation principles underlying the development of non-fiction video, television or film from the perspective of the director. The subject develops preliminary directing skills through a sequence of steps in pre-production. The subject introduces students to film language as a way of developing skills in the medium. Students study the genre of information programs. The subject develops preliminary directing skills through students conceptualising a script, writing a treatment and undertaking primary research. The subject requires students demonstrate an understanding of information program direction by developing a script and storyboard for a short segment of video, television or film.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed COM405

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
be able to complete a production proposal document;
be able to develop a treatment for a non-fiction program;
be able to undertake primary research for a non-fiction based script;
be able to develop a non-fiction based script;
be able to produce a production storyboard;
be able to articulate the research and preparation skills required for non-fiction based genres;
be able to appreciate the possibilities and constraints on a non-fiction production.


The subject will cover the following topics:
defining genre; role of the director in preproduction; director as primary researcher; fundamental interviewing skills; scriptwriting; film language; storyboarding.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.