Documentary Filmmaking

Documentary films have played a long and venerable role in the cultural life of societies, whether the films in question are home movies, government propaganda, ethnographic records, historical studies, explorations of the natural world, film essays, or any of the other varieties of forms that fall under the heading of non-fiction film. With the advent of digital cameras and computer-based non-linear editing programs, more and more people have access to the tools for creating such films, fueling a vast new interest in the documentary form, and through their creation bringing to light new and unexpected arenas of the human experience.

The Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking is a 24-credit program of interest to students who would like to learn the basics of documentary film production without pursuing the additional coursework involved in earning a bachelor’s degree. Students in this program develop foundational skills in shooting, scripting, and editing documentaries shot on film or video, grounded in a general understanding of the traditions, principles, and practice of non-fiction film. Beyond the basic production sequence, Certificate students have the opportunity to take 6 credits of electives in film production, content coursework, or independent study, including up to 3 workshop credits.

The Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking is designed to be completed in four 6-credit semesters.

Entry Level: 3 credits
CIN150 Intro to Media Production

Intermediate Level: 12 credits
CIN219 Nonfiction Film
CIN352 Film Production III
CIN257 Documentary Film Production

Intermediate and Upper Level Electives: 6 credits
Electives in film production, content coursework, or independent study, which may include up to 3 workshop credits.

Upper Level: 3 credits
CIN357 Documentary Film and Video Production II

Total: 24 credits