May 21, 2022  
2021-22 Catalog 
    
2021-22 Catalog

Certificate in Documentary Production


The Documentary Production Certificate is designed for non-degree-seeking students and traditional degree-seeking students majoring in other disciplines who have a passion for non-fiction media production specific to their disciplines or wish to be engaged in social issue documentary production. The certificate includes hands-on technical training in audio/visual production in both studio and field settings, as well as storytelling and post-production. Students also explore documentary methods, ethics, and conventions, as well as journalistic multimedia creation.

Documentary students must select a concentration from the following eight disciplines: Criminology & Criminal Justice; Environmental Science & Policy; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; History; Native American Studies; Outdoor Adventure Leadership; Political Science; or Sociology & Anthropology.

Students with a portfolio that demonstrates technical proficiency and professional experience in target areas may apply to receive credit for prior learning, which may be used to substitute program prerequisites or lower-division course requirements.

Program Prerequisites (6 credits)


Per SOU’s Credit for Prior Learning Policy, credits may be earned by students who can demonstrate that they have gained university-level knowledge and skills that articulate with university coursework. To earn CPL for DCIN 101, 102, and/or 103, students must exhibit competency in three areas of technical skill: audio recording, DSLR video, and non-linear video editing.  The CPL portfolio for Digital Cinema courses involves both a multiple-choice exam and a hands-on demonstration of the applicable skills. Please consult the program chair and the Credit for Prior Learning Policy .

Documentary Production Certificate (36 credits)


Disciplinary Concentration (12 credits)


  • 12 credits from CCJ, at least 4 of which must be upper division

or

  • 12 credits from ES, at least 4 of which must be upper division

or

  • 12 credits from GSWS, at least 4 of which must be upper division

or

  • 12 credits from HST, at least 4 of which must be upper division

or

  • 12 credits from NAS, at least 4 of which must be upper division

or

  • 12 credits from OAL, at least 4 of which must be upper division

or

  • 12 credits from PS, at least 4 of which must be upper division

or

  • 12 credits from SOAN, at least 4 of which must be upper division

The Certificate can be completed in one year, if the student adheres to the following sequence:


Fall (14 credits) Winter (16 credits) Spring (12 credits)
DCIN 101 - Production Tools 1: Audio  - 2 credits DCIN 313 - Design Problems in Sound & Light  - 4 credits DCIN 472A - Advanced Documentary Production  - 4 credits
DCIN 102 - Production Tools 2: DSLR Video  - 2 credits COMM 326 - Multimedia Storytelling  4 - credits Concentration Course #2 - 4 credits
DCIN 103 - Production Tools 3: Non-Linear Editing  - 2 credits DCIN 363 - Film Theory & Practice: Documentary  - 4 credits Concentration Course #3 - 4 credits
DCIN 200 - Storytelling Foundations  or COMM 206 - Multimedia Writing  - 4 credits Concentration Course #1 - 4 credits  
DCIN 216 - Studio Production for Film & Television  - 4 credits