Documentary Production


Effective 1 June 2022 through 31 May 2023

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21 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the School of Communications/Media Arts Department and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

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.

Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Understand the history of international documentary filmmaking.
  • Demonstrate the ability 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 3110 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

  • ANSO 2060 Culture and Communication (3 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 3550 Advanced Topics in Global Studies: Human Rights & Documentaries (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2070 History of Broadcasting (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2380 Free Expression and the First Amendment (3 hours) 
  • JOUR 3080 Global Journalism (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3120 Global Affairs Reporting (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3190 Topics in International Journalism (3 hours)