WD201 Web Documentary

1 semester
Bachelor (fordjupingsnivå)
2018 Vår
2018 Vår
Krav til forkunnskapar: 

60 ECTS in Media production topics // Study participation requires good knowledge of the English language // Upon fulfilment of prerequisites, admission may be granted in consideration of equal distribution of places between study program Journalism, Media, ICT and Design, Public Relations, Communication and Media from VUC.

Om emnet: 

The Web Documentary course provides a practical and theoretical introduction to fact-based or fact-claiming narratives on the web. The course provides vocational and hands-on experience in the production of a documentary project for the web. 

Web documentary involves video production, animation, journalism, web design and PR strategies. The genre has its roots in the long tradition of film and TV documentary's "creative treatment" of current and historical affairs, and of personal, local, regional, and global stories. As in traditional documentary, having a critical and independent voice, and being deeply engaged with an issue are essential requirements for the successful production of a web documentary project. Web documentary also provides a space through which to explore non-linear narratives, and through which documentarists can expand the outreach of their projects, for example through social media. This involves understanding how to use multiple media channels and platforms, and understanding the uses of cutting-edge technologies to deliver a fact-based history.

The course aims to provide specializations tailored to the student's own needs. In the first part of the semester, students are introduced to different examples of documentaries for the web and are given theoretical and practical tools for production. In the second part of the semester, students are divided into two parallel streams, one that is oriented towards video production for online documentaries, and another that is oriented towards working with web design, investigative journalism, and data journalism techniques in the production of a long-form multimedia documentary. Students may chose the path that is most appropriate to their interests, but places are limited in each stream, where one stream is recommended for students with a media production and animation background, while another stream is geared towards students with a journalism, PR and web design background.

The exam is a collaborative team project. Students will work in small interdisciplinary teams where they can use their individual skills in the development of a practical web documentary project. The practical project expertise is complemented by the delivery of a short academic essay. This essay gives students the opportunity to engage wit current literature to discuss selected examples of web documentary productions from around the world.


In accordance with the National Qualifications Framework the student will have following learning outcome after completing the course:

  • Understand design and production issues for web documentary production
  • Understand narrative issues for non-linear fact-based storytelling
  • Understand ethical and legal issues around the use of publicly available data (e.g. personal or institutional data) for web documentary
  • Demonstrate knowledge of technical and aesthetic opportunities of the use of digital media for documentary production
  • Understand the global web documentary production environment, including existing funding, production and distribution models in Norway and abroad.
  • Is able to develop a script and project proposal for a non-linear fact-based storytelling project
  • Is able to use efficient production processes for interdisciplinary media production teams
  • Use data visualisation and creative coding techniques and tools
Generell kompetanse: 
  • Is able to work in a team to produce a polished, non-linear, fact-based narrative project (webdoc)
  • Can make provisions to comply with the legal, ethical, and economic context of web documentary practice
  • Is able to communicate and exchange ideas for the further theoretical development of the genre
  • Can make use of the novel aesthetic and narrative opportunities that creating a multi-platform media product provides
Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåtar: 

The course relies on problem-based and active forms for learning, individually and in teams. 

Working individually or in teams, students will produce an interactive media product for online distribution. Participation in learning activities online and in presential or virtual team work and meetings is required, and fullfillment of practical project work is essential.

Teachers will provide guidance, and a schedule for team or supervisory meetings will be available in the semester plan. An overview of the organisation and delivery of coursework requirements is provided in the semester plan.

Refer also to Regulations governing studies and examinations at Volda University College, §7.3 on attendance/participation in teaching.

Vilkår for å framstille seg til eksamen: 

1. Project proposal 

2. Academic essay 

Both requirements are evaluated as pass/fail and are compulsory for exam enrolment.


Grading will be done in accordance with the Regulations governing admission, studies and examinations at Volda University College.

Evaluering og kvalitetssikring : 

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the University College's routines for quality assurance.

Tormod Utne
Ana Luisa Sanchez Laws
Emnet inngår i følgande studieprogram: 
Bachelorstudium i PR, kommunikasjon og media
Bachelor i Media, IKT og design
Journalistikk, spesialisering avis/nett
Journalistikk, spesialisering tv/radio
MappeeksamenIndividuell1semesterA-F, der A er best og E er siste ståkarakter Final examination consists of a portfolio that includes the team product in the form of a finished proposal or fully functional and live web documentary, and an individual exegesis. Further details on technical requirements are to be provided during the course.All
Karakterskala:A-F, der A er best og E er siste ståkarakter
Kommentar:Final examination consists of a portfolio that includes the team product in the form of a finished proposal or fully functional and live web documentary, and an individual exegesis. Further details on technical requirements are to be provided during the course.
Individual exegesis of 1,000 words in length.