Media Practices: Time-Based for Documentary
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5434
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Film & Video Production
  • Media Studies
This course, open to all graduate students from across the university with an interest in documentary, will focus on the core concepts and skills of producing and editing video and audio for documentary. Students learn professional and do-it-yourself methodologies, techniques and production processes in both media, delving further into the technical and formal aspects of non-fiction production and post-production. Particular attention is paid to how form shapes content, and vice versa, when framing a particular documentary subject. Exploring audio, microphone techniques, studio and field recording, editing and mixing skills are taught. Exploring video, instruction includes lighting, framing, camera movement, recording and digital editing techniques. The combination of the two media provides a production context for final documentary project and prepares students with the means and knowledge to make time-based work in more advanced courses.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Prerequisite: Media Practices: Concepts or instructor permission. Corequisite: Students registering for "Media Practices: Time-Based for Documentary" must also register for the Saturday technical lab (NMDS 5435). The lab does not carry course credit and no tuition is charged. The purpose of the lab is to provide additional technical assistance and outside of class hands-on practice for all students enrolled in the sections of Media Practices: Time-Based. The labs will be conducted by the course Teaching Associates. Students are required to attend at least 7 sessions and are encouraged to attend all.


Open to New School Public Engagement students.


Open to Graduate students.