Media Arts and Culture

MAAC3075Framing Reality: Theory and Practice of Documentary Media (A) (Cross-listed: FILM 3075)3 ch (3C)

This course surveys the history and aesthetics of non-fiction filmmaking from the birth of cinema to the digital age. It will examine epistemological and ethical questions raised by documentary's encounter with reality and its attempt to present “the truth.” Films screened are drawn from an array of nations and range from the personal to the political as well as more experimental and avant-garde works. The course includes a film production component as students will apply what they have learned in class by producing a short non-fiction film as a final project. NOTE: Students can obtain credit for only one of MAAC 3075 and FILM 3075.

Prerequisite: Open to students who have completed at least 45 credit hours at the university level.