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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
   
 
  Jan 21, 2018
 
 
    
Academic Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LALW214 History and Issues of Documentary Films 3cr


Documentary, as defined by John Grierson, is the
creative treatment of actuality. Grierson coined
the term in his review of Robert Flahertys Moana
(1926). Contemporary culture expands on classical
rhetorical and observational forms to include
docusoaps, agitprop, advocacy, animation, sensory
ethnography, mockumentary, first-person, and more.
In this course we will explore the origins of
documentary, discuss the central issues of the
field, examine historical and contemporary trends,
and identify the aesthetic strategies and
techniques used by documentary makers along with
their rhetorical effects.

Prerequisites: LALW200

Lecture
Undergraduate Elective
Spring