Documentary Filmmaking - Certificate

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Documentary Filmmaking Students will learn the essentials of documentary filmmaking and will learn the techniques involved in film production.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.


DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING: OVERVIEW

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.


CIN150 - Film Production I: 3 credits
CIN219 - Nonfiction Film: 3 credits
CIN252 - Film Production II: 3 credits
CIN281 - Nonlinear Editing: Final Cut Pro: 3 credits
CIN347 - Documentary Production I: 3 credits
CIN357 - Documentary Production II: 3 credits


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


Total credits: 24
 

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Documentary films have played a long and venerable role in the cultural life of societies