Graduate Documentary Studies Certificate

Required Courses

  • NDOC 5000 Foundations of Documentary Practice
  • NDOC 5102 Intro to Documentary Cinematography
  • NDCO 5100 Documentary: Its Art and History
  • NDOC 5103 Editing Arta & Practice
  • NDOC 5001 Documentary Project

The graduate certificate program in Documentary Studies is awarded for successful completion of six courses (five required and one elective; a total of 18 credits) in documentary history, theory, production and post-production. During one year in residence, students produce, direct, and edit an original short documentary, based on a subject in or near New York City.

After the successful completion of the certificate, students have the option to continue into the MA Media Studies program, applying their earned credits toward the MA degree (the equivalent of one year of full-time study in the MA program).

Career paths

Graduate certificate holders work as documentary directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, or researchers; in documentary television or distribution; film festival programming and curation; museum or gallery curation; many continue to the MA in Media Studies. Many of the graduates have become award-winning filmmakers and professionals in the field.


The Certificate curriculum can be seen here.

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The MA in Media Studies gives students experience in creative media making, critical analysis, and entrepreneurialism. The Media Management MS offers the practical experience you need to succeed in today's media industries. The Documentary Studies Certificate program provides an opportunity to study documentary filmmaking in a small, tightly focused program. The Media Management Certificate Program provides a strong foundation of management principles and leadership skills to find work in the ever-changing global media landscape.


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