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    Admission Contact
    Karl Ramos
    79 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor
    New York, NY 10003
    ramosk@newschool.edu
    212.229.5150 x2330

    Program Contact
    School of Media Studies
    79 Fifth Avenue, 16th Floor
    New York, NY 10003
    media@newschool.edu
    Phone: 212.229.8903

  • Curriculum

    The Certificate in Documentary Media Studies is awarded for successful completion of six courses — five required and one elective, for a total of 18 credits. During one year in residence, students produce, direct, and edit an original short documentary video based on a subject in or near New York City. All students are required to attend bi-weekly Doc Talk events, which feature filmmakers, editors, sound designers, indie lawyers, festival programmers, distributors, researchers, and archivists, among others.

    CoursesCredits
    NDOC 5000 Foundations of Documentary Practice3
    NDOC 5001 Documentary Project3
    NDOC 5100 Documentary: Art, History, Future3
    NDOC 5102 Introduction to Documentary Cinematography3
    NDOC 5103 Editing Art and Practice3
    NDOC 100 Editing Intensive0
    NDOC 200 Doc Talks 
    NDOC 5104 Doc Studies Tech Lab
    One advisor-approved elective3
    Total18

    Program Schedule

    Classes and other program-related activities occupy a minimum of three weekdays each week. In addition, students must devote significant time outside of class to their documentary project and to assigned readings and papers. In the fall semester, production shooting typically includes weekend days as well. (We recommend that students with jobs not work more than ten hours weekly.)

    Students typically work in crews of three and contribute to their crewmates' documentary projects as directors of photography, sound recordists, or production assistants. Students have access to state-of-the-art cameras, lighting kits, sound kits, and editing stations. All necessary technical skills are taught as part of the core production. The production period concludes in December, and post-production is the focus of the spring semester.

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