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Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies


Course Description

This one-year, full-time certificate program is designed for college graduates, with or without production experience, who are interested in making documentary film and video. The curriculum combines documentary history, theory, and production, and students graduate with a finished original documentary short as a portfolio piece.

The Documentary Media Studies program provides an opportunity to study documentary filmmaking—production and theory—in a small, tightly focused program in New York City, the world's documentary capital. This is a full-time, daytime, intensive one-year curriculum.

The program culminates in a student documentary festival, Truth Be Told, at the end of each school year, at which certificate students' films are publicly screened and discussed by the filmmakers and faculty.

Certificate holders are qualified to enter documentary media professions as editors, field producers, cinematographers, directors, researchers, and through industry positions in media distribution, museum programming, festival organization, and broadcast productions. They can also continue graduate school in pursuit of an MA, MS and/or PhD in Media, Anthropology, Film Studies, or related field. Students who complete the Certificate in Documentary Media Studies and apply for and are admitted to the MA in Media Studies or MS in Media Management may transfer all certificate credits earned with a grade of B or above.

Career opportunities include
Directing, Editing, Producing, Cinematography, Camera Operation, Lighting, Sound Recording, Research

Entry Requirements

The New School welcomes applications from aspiring documentarians of diverse backgrounds and experiences. You do not need a film degree to apply, but you must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and submit a portfolio, including a video self-portrait, a creative sample, and a treatment for a documentary project.

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