Documentary Videography

Documentary Videography exemplifies the recording of the real, historical world. Documentary Videographers learn to become specialists at forecasting consequences of events, finding enlightening details in scenes and noticing the intricacies of human interactions during their investigation of a documentary subject. The primary objective of the Documentary Videographer is to record real world events, then form recorded fragments into comprehensible story for an audience.
Key Learning Outcomes
  • You will acquire the preliminary ability to balance the production of scientific observation of social artifacts, deciding what to record and understanding the implications of the recorded material. 
  • You will acquire an understanding of the reflective partnership between the videographer and the camera. 
  • You will acquire basic skills about methodology and system design and documentary production.
Getting Started
Simply complete the application for this program.
Earning The Certificate
  • Complete a total of 18 certificate credits at the undergraduate level
  • Earn at lest a C grade in each course
  • Complete the coursework sequence in cohort
  • Complete the courses within 1 year
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Certificate Courses
Required course work is completed in an 8 week accelerated format as well as an elective class. The prerequisite for admission into the audio productions certificate program includes successfully completing English Composition I and English Composition II with grades of B or higher.
Core Coursework Description
*required courses
*Introduction to Digital Film (3 credit hours)
Digital film production while emphasizing the techniques and languages of creative moving image, the objective of this class is to provide the basic technical foundation necessary for the documentary media and the theory and practice of film/video production. The course is designed to provide a basic understanding of a range of moving image formats as part of an approach to the contemporary moving image art from traditional story genres to more present-day experimental forms.
*Digital Film Production II (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to proved hands-on experience  including pre-production techniques, the use of digital video, and other electronic imaging devices highlighting techniques of camera placement and position. 
*Lighting, Camera and Sound (3 credit hours)
The purpose of this course is to introduce lighting technologies and techniques, sound recording, image creating, sound editing and mixing, and practice of non-linear digital editing programs and post-production film and sound. 
*Story Telling in Broadcast Journalism and Documentary (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on the skills necessary to produce journalistic photographs, video, infographics and graphic design, as well as the critical and creative perspective necessary to understand how visual stories work best in the journalistic ecosystem. Students will develop visual literacy comprehending diverse viewpoints on visual journalism, consider ethical demands and discuss the importance of visual issues in modern media. In partnership with their classmates, students will apply these lessons to produce their own credible visual stories. The class format will be a combination of theory and practice as it relates to the dramaturgical process of film-making.
*Documentary Production (3 credit hours)
In this course students will learn how to: digitize and organize source material, create basic effects and titles, develop sequences and organize and edit raw materials into a polished post production work-flow and final product. Throughout the term we will screen various films for the expressed purpose of analyzing the editing techniques used by the filmmakers.
*Broadcast News (3 credit hours)

This class is an introduction to broadcast news writing, videography, editing and visual storytelling. Students will acquire the basic skills of reporting, videography and broadcast journalism. They will produce a selection of reports to increase their understanding of the various formats, and types of reports used in the media. Students will also work on news, judgments, sourcing stories, interviewing individuals, writing and editing their stories for broadcast news.
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