At the heart of any successful documentary is great research to find and think critically about the characters, stories, archive, locations and visual style through which documentary is created. In this course we cover documentary history and theory by putting them into the contemporary context, - with substantial input from creative practitioners. We weave industry experience with academic insight across the field of documentary production; from docudrama to ethics and legal questions, investigative work to more artistic approaches. We focus on your creative and academic development to nurture documentary ideas you'd like to study and make, with exposure to a full range of documentary approaches. A new development on the course is a two-day practical workshop on camera, sound and directing, delivered by experienced professionals. This course is aimed mainly at people who want to work in the industry, as researchers, producers of documentaries, or for people who want to enhance their employability. But it will also be of interest to people who want to study documentary films from a more academic perspective. The course leader, Pratap Rughani, is an experienced award-winning producer of documentaries.