Documentary Production


Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

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21 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.


  • FTVP 1100 Produce and Direct (3 hours)
  • FTVP 1200 Camera and Light (3 hours)
  • FTVP 1300 Edit and Color (3 hours)
  • FTVP 2180 Documentary Production (3 hours)

In addition, a minimum of 9 credit hours are to be chosen from the following (3 credit hours from the following production course list AND 6 credit hours from the following theory course list):

Production Courses - 3 credit hours

  • An additional production course at the 2000 level or above

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 2300 Culture and Communication (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)

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