Documentary Studies and Production Major -- B.A.

Mead Loop, Associate Professor and Program Director

The Roy H. Park School of Communications offers an interdisciplinary B.A. in documentary studies and production, which is a four-year curriculum designed to prepare students to become documentary filmmakers as well as to understand the growing and complex world of documentaries, drawing on existing courses in the television-radio, cinema and photography, and journalism programs. This is a broad, liberal arts-based curriculum. Requirements are divided into two areas: studies courses and production courses. Open electives enable students to tailor their own programs.

Academic Policies

Majors, including freshmen, are required to maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.50. All majors must complete a minimum of 60 credits outside communications, which includes the minor requirement, and a minimum of 75 percent of their credits (normally 90 credits) in courses designated as liberal arts. Transfer students applying to the B.A. in documentary studies and production must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher to have their application considered; however, this minimum does not guarantee acceptance to the degree program. This policy applies to all applicants to the degree program, including students transferring from another major in the Park School or at Ithaca College and those applying from other academic institutions.

Communications course requirements

GCOM 13000S'Park!: Igniting your Future in Communications

1

JOUR 11100Introduction to Journalism

4

JOUR 11200Journalism Research

4

CNPH 14100Introduction to Photography

4

TVR 29900Nonfiction Production

4

CNPH 30100History and Theory of Documentary

3

TVR 31200Government and Media

3

TVR 39900Documentary Workshop

4

Choose one of the following:

CNPH 10100Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis

3

TVR 12200Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Analysis

3

CNPH 10100 and TVR 12200: liberal arts courses

Choose one of the following:

CNPH 11100Cinema Production 1

4

TVR 11500Introduction to Field Production

4

Choose two of the following:

JOUR 21300Journalism Ethics

3

CNPH 24000History of Photography

3

TVR 25100Critical Thinking and Mass Communication

3

JOUR 21300, CNPH 24000, and TVR 25100: liberal arts courses

Choose one of the following:

CNPH 32200Advanced Cinema Production: Nonfiction

4

CNPH 30400-30499Selected Topics in Photography

4

Choose one of the following:

TVR 49100Senior Media Thesis

4

CNPH 42000Thesis Cinema Production

4

CNPH 44300Photo Workshop

4

Total Credit Hours:48

Minor requirement

Documentary studies and production majors are required to choose a minor outside the Roy H. Park School of Communications. Documentary studies and production majors may not have a minor in business, accounting, finance, marketing, or management without undertaking additional liberal arts courses. Total credits in the minor must be 18 to 25 and may not include courses offered within the Roy H. Park School of Communications, except for the Park School courses required for the minor in culture and communication.

Summary

Major requirements

48

Minor requirement

18-25

Electives

37-47

Total, B.A. in documentary studies and production

120

 

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