Professional studies

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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to add to a deeper understanding of
documentary film as a genre.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to
distinguish, produce and analyze different genres within the area
documentary film.

Course contents

Lectures,instruction and two practical exercises, and one
individual writing assignment plus a group assignment, a
treatment for a documentary film.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Single Camera 2 or corresponding

Previous course names

Introduction to Documentary film

Additional information

Please contact the course leader for more information.

Recommended or required reading

Nichols, Bill (2001) Introduction to Documentary. Bloomington:
Indiana University Press ISBN: 0-253-21469-6


Barnouw, Erik (1993) Documentary - a history of the non-fiction
New York: Oxford University Press

Aaltonen, Jouko (2006) Todellisuuden vangit vapauden
valtakunnassa – dokumenttielokuva ja sen tekoprosessi.
Helsinki: LIKE.

Wells, Paul (2001) The Documentary Form: Personal and Social
'Realities' i An Introduction to Film Studies (ed. Jill Nelmes)
London: Routledge

Helke, Susanna (2006) Nanookin jälki – Tyyli ja metodi
dokumentaarisen ja fiktiivisen elokuvan rajalla. Helsinki:
Taideteollisen Korkeakoulun julkaisusarja

Austin, Thomas & de Jong, Wilma (ed.) (2008)
Rethinking Documentary – New Perspectives, New Practises
Glasgow: McGraw-Hill
Rabiger, Michael: (1998): Directing the Documentary
Oxford: Focal Press

Robert Flaherty: Nanook of the North
D.A. Pennebaker: Don´t Look Back
Alan Resnais: Night and Fog
Errol Morris: Thin Blue Line
Chris Marker : Sans Soleil
Steve James: Hoop Dreams
Werner Herzog: My Best Fiend
Morgan Spurlock: Supersize Me
Raymond Depardon: Modern Life
Ulrich Seidl: Animal Love
Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe: Lost in La Mancha
Jia Zhang-Ke: 24 City
Marc Singer: Dark Days
Janus Metz: Armadillo
Lise Birk Pedersen: Putin's Kiss
Virpi Suutari & Susanna Helke: Joutilaat
Visa Koiso-Kanttila: Isältä pojalle
Mika Ronkainen: Huutajat - Screeming
Pirjo Honkasalo: Melancholian 3 Huonetta
Knut Erik Jensen: Cool and Crazy
Jukka Kärkkäinen och J-P Passi: Kovasikajuttu
Joonas Berghäll & Mika Hotakainen: Miesten vuoro
Katja Gauriloff: Säilöttyjä unelmia

Study activities

  • Lectures - 45 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 5 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 43 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

80% participation (compensating assignments are given should
participation not be met)
Participation in 2 exercises
Passed individual writing assignment


  • Cantell Saara
  • Grabber Klaus
  • Grönroos Anna-Karin
  • Nordström Fred


Lindfors Kauko

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

The timetable of the course

Se - see ASTA/ARBS

Assessment methods

  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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