Investigate and Advocate for Critical Topics as a Documentarian
Explore the theory and practice of documentary filmmaking, journalism and other forms of media with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Documentary Studies from the University at Albany.
This interdisciplinary degree gives you fresh perspective on modern media through a curriculum spanning multiple academic departments and disciplines. You will emerge with highly transferable skills in research, writing and editing that prepare you for careers in fields from entertainment to advocacy, or for graduate-level study.
Program of Study
Understand documentary studies through a varied curriculum covering topics in communications, art, music, history and journalism. Introductory courses will help you explore the notion of what constitutes a documentary, aspects of documentary production and common themes across documentary forms.
Hone in on your special interests within the field by selecting elective studies on everything from photography and its history, to narrative journalism and visual culture. The BA degree requires a fieldwork seminar and practicum, which serves as the program's capstone.
Core Theory & History Courses
- Nonfiction Media Storytelling
- History and Theory of the Documentary Film
- A Cultural History of American Photography
- Literary Journalism
- History of Photography
- Photography 1970 to the Present
- The Documentary Film
- Theories of Mass Media
- Radio and the Public Imagination
- Persuasion and Film
- History of American Documentary Media
- Media in the Digital Age
Documentary Studies Fieldwork Seminar
Documentary Studies Seminar and Fieldwork Practicum
- Intermediate Photography and Digital Imaging
- Intermediate Digital Imaging
- Advanced Photography and Digital Imaging
- Advanced Digital Imaging
- Advanced Film Production
- Communication on the Internet
- Narrative Journalism
- Foundations of Documentary Filmmaking
- Introduction to Documentary Photography
- Foundations of Documentary Web/Hypermedia Production
- Workshop in Oral History
- Readings and Practicum in Aural History and Audio Documentary Production
- Practicum in Historical Documentary Filmmaking
- Readings and Practicum in Digital History and Hypermedia
- Readings and Practicum in Nonfiction Media Storytelling
- Transmedia Storytelling
- Broadcast Journalism
- Digital Media Workshop I: Web Publishing
- Digital Media Workshop II: Desk-Top Publishing
- Digital Publication
- Music Composition in Electronic Media I
- Sound Design and Multimedia
36 credits in select courses in topics, art, art history, communication, documentary studies/history, journalism and music.
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Participate in on-campus and off-campus internships to gain valuable experience working alongside faculty and other professional practitioners. Some of the specific possibilities include recording podcasts or web videos, working at a local radio station or broadcast TV channel, editing a documentary piece and creating a virtual museum.
UAlbany's proximity to local museums and archives, such as the New York State Museum and the Albany Institute of History and Art, provides many such opportunities to extend your studies and build your professional network.
The bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in documentary studies puts you on track for an MA, MFA or PhD in the field, or for the pursuit of many career options.
Potential job titles include:
- Associate producer
- Communications director
- Graphic designer
- Program coordinator
- Secondary school teacher
What Makes The University at Albany Great
Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.
Become a global citizen: international experience is crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy.
Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.
Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.
A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.
- Africana Studies
- Art History
- Atmospheric Science
- Broadcast Meteorology
- Chinese Studies
- Cognitive Science
- Computer Science
- Creative Writing
- Criminal Justice Studies
- Documentary Studies
- Educational Studies
- Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
- Film Studies
- Financial Market Regulation
- Forensic Science
- Geographic Information Science
- Globalization Studies
- International Studies
- Japanese Studies
- Judaic Studies
- Korean Studies
- Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- Law and Philosophy
- Legal Studies
- LGBTQ Studies
- Library and Information Science
- Medical Anthropology
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- Musical Theatre
- Organizational Studies
- Political Science
- Public Health
- Public Policy
- Religious Studies
- Russian and Eastern European Studies
- Social Welfare Studies
- Theatrical Design/Technology
- Urban Studies and Planning
- U.S. Latino Studies
- Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies