COM229 Documentary Production (8)

This subject develops media production, planning and research skills through the creation of an original audio or audiovisual documentary. Students explore the documentary genre through analysis of exemplary documentaries and analyse and reflect on documentary production practices before proposing, researching, developing and producing their own documentary.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: COM229. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed students have some knowledge of basic filming and audio recording technique. This could be gained through completion of COM127 (formerly CCI100) or similar subjects. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to research, plan and stage a documentary production process;
  • be able to visualise story ideas for video documentary;
  • be able to create a sense of movement, place and time for audio documentary;
  • be able to capture, select and use broadcastable audio; and
  • be able to produce a documentary following principles of storytelling and structure.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The documentary genre
  • Research for documentary production
  • Production planning
  • Production processes and practice in documentary
  • Analysis of production within the documentary genre

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of COM229 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Interact2 journal
Production proposal blog
Major work

Special Resources

This subject requires access to audiovisual recording equipment. On campus students can access this equipment through the School of Communication and Creative Industries. Distance students may need to borrrow or purchase suitable equipment.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.