Documentary Production


Becomes Effective 1 June 2015 through 31 May 2016

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21 credit hours

This program offered by School of Communications/Electronic and Photographic Media Department

The certificate in documentary production is designed to give students from all academic disciplines within the university an opportunity to explore the theory and practice of documentary production and documentary film studies.

Students will complete courses in media production focusing on the documentary, classes in the history of documentary film and media, and courses that support the theoretical foundations of documentary studies in such areas as anthropology and media studies.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses applied toward the certificates.

For information on general requirements for the certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Acquire knowledge of the history of international documentary filmmaking;
  • Acquire production skills to research, write, film, edit and distribute documentary productions in moving image media;
  • Understand the theoretical foundations of documentary filmmaking in other academic disciplines, including anthropology and media studies.

Required Courses

  • VIDE 4000 Documentary Video Production (3 hours)
  • VIDE 1000 Introduction to Video Production (3 hours)
  • Media production course in Film, Video or Interactive Digital Media at the 2000, 3000 or 4000 level (3 hours)

In addition, a minimum of 12 credit hours are to be chosen from the following (6 credit hours from the following production course list AND 6 credit hours from the following theory course list):


Production Courses - 6 credit hours

  • PHOT 2500 Photojournalism (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3760 Topics in Editorial Photography (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3580 Radio News Reporting and Production (3 hours)
  • MEDC 4950 Internship (3 hours)

Theory Courses - 6 credit hours

  • FLST 3170 Topics in Documentary Film Studies (3 hours)
    or PHIL 3110 Philosophy and Film (3 hours)
    or HRTS 3160 Human Rights in Film: Documentaries (3 hours)
    or ISTL 3500 Advanced in Topics in International Studies: Human Rights & Documentaries (3 hours)
  • ANTH 2030 Culture and Communications (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2070 History of Broadcasting (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2380 History and Principals of American Journalism (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3120 Free Expression and the First Amendment (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3080 Global Journalism (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3190 Topics in Global Journalism (3 hours)