Documentary Studies

University at Albany students may choose to pursue a major in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Documentary Studies. The concentration combines a solid grounding in the academic and theoretical literature of documentary work in a range of disciplines (communication, history, art, journalism, and music) with intensive research and fieldwork in video/film, radio, hypermedia/multimedia, photography, and nonfiction print writing. Students are prepared to more effectively engage in the media-infused global marketplace as citizens, consumers, educators, scholars, and practitioners. The concentration prepares students for employment in fields that require skills in research (including archival, library, and audiovisual research), writing, and editing; the ability to analyze, critique, and produce visual and aural communications, such as for entertainment, education, or advocacy; and a broad understanding of fact-based communication that can be applied in a range of corporate, educational, service, or government settings.

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