Undergraduate Minor - Minor in Documentary Production

Program:
Minor in Documentary Production
Program Code:
6314 Documentary Production
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Minor Undergraduate
Start Term:
FS15
College:
College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:
Department:
Department of Media and Information
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Department of Media and Information

Undergraduate Programs
Minor in Documentary Production

The Minor in Documentary Production introduces undergraduates to the history, theory, and production of documentary media. Documentary production focuses on issues of media, representation, and reality. It engages directly with the fundamental understanding of how the world is presented, represented, distorted, structured, and shaped. Interpretation and representation of reality constitutes a central axis of inquiry and debate. By integrating production and analysis, students in this minor produce theoretically informed work and develop a cutting-edge understanding of the challenges inherent in representing reality.

The Minor in Documentary Production is jointly administered by the Department of Media and Information within the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and the College of Arts and Letters. The Department of Media and Information is the primary administrative unit. The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. Students in the Department of English; the School of Journalism; the Department of Media and Information; and the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures may find this minor of particular interest.

Students who are interested in the minor are eligible to apply if they are in good academic standing. As the Documentary Production Minor is transitioning to the School of Journalism, students will apply for the minor in the spring of their sophomore year by submitting an application available in the advising offices of the School of Journalism and the College of Arts and Letters. Applications will be reviewed prior to annual enrollment.

With the approval of the department that administers the student’s degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. The student’s program of study must be approved by the student’s academic advisor for the minor.

Prerequisite:
MI 211 Documentary History and Theory  3

Requirements for the Minor in Documentary Production

The student must complete at least 15 credits from the following:
1. The following course (3 credits):
MI 311 Introduction to Documentary Production 3
2. Complete at least 6 credits from one of the following areas:
Audio/Video
MI 337 Compositing and Special Effects 3
MI 341 Filmmaking II 3
MI 344 Sound Design for Cinema, Television, and Games 3
MI 440 Advanced Video Editing 3
MI 441 Advanced Lighting and Camera Techniques 3
Broadcast News
JRN 306 Introduction to Radio and TV News 3
JRN 403 TV News
Advanced TV News Storytelling and Producing
3
JRN 406 3
Film Studies
FLM 260 Introduction to Digital Film and Emergent Media 4
FLM 334 Introduction to Screenwriting (W) 3
FLM 336 Aesthetics of Film Editing 3
FLM 460 Seminar in Digital Film and Emergent Media (W) 3
Multimedia
JRN 203 Visual Storytelling 3
WRA 225 Introduction to Composing Digital for Video 3
Photography
One of the following, either (1) or (2):
(1) JRN 310 Photojournalism 3
JRN 410 Advanced Photojournalism Documentary 3
(2) JRN 483 Photo Communication in Europe 6
Producing
JRN 450 Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship 3
MI 301 Bringing Media to Market 3
MI 351 Producing for Cinema and Television 3
Web 3
JRN 336 Designing for Media 3
JRN 436 Designing for the Web and Mobile Devices 3
MI 349 Web Design and Development
Writing 3
ENG 223 Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction Writing 3
ENG 423 Advanced Creative Non-Fiction Writing 3
JRN 300 Multimedia Writing and Reporting (W) 3
JRN 432 Magazine, Feature and Freelance Writing 3
3. The following capstone courses (6 credits):
MI 411A Advanced Documentary Filmmaking I (W) 3
MI 411B Advanced Documentary Filmmaking II (W) 3

Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


Documentary Production, MNUN (6314)

Required Credits: 15    Program Version: FS20

Requirement 1: Minor - Documentary Production - Inroduction to Documntary Production
Minor - Documentary Production - Inroduction to Documntary Production: 1 course from MI311

Requirement 2: Minor - Documentary Production - Concentration
Minor - Documentary Production - Concentration: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Producing: 6 credits from JRN450, MI301, MI351
Photography: 6 credits from JRN310, JRN410, JRN483
Broadcast News: 6 credits from JRN306, JRN403, JRN406
Web: 6 credits from JRN336, JRN436, MI349
Writing: 6 credits from ENG223, ENG423, JRN300, JRN432
Multimedia: 6 credits from JRN203, WRA225
Film Studies: 6 credits from FLM260, FLM334, FLM336, FLM460
Audio and Video: 6 credits from MI337, MI341, MI344, MI440, MI441

Requirement 3: Minor - Documentary Production - Collaborative Documentary Design and Production
Minor - Documentary Production - Collaborative Documentary Design and Production: 2 courses from MI411A, MI411B

Requirement 4
15 credits required to complete this degreeThe specified coursework in this program may not equal this total. The difference must be made up of open options which must be acceptable within the limits of this program. In cases of doubt, please consult an academic advisor.