Documentary Studies and Production (B.A.)

Nonfiction productions dominate the film and video production world. If you enjoy expressing your passions through video, film, and photography, then you’ll love our documentary studies and production major, a unique program designed specifically for undergraduates.

Explore the Documentary Studies and Production Experience at IC

Check out our internationally recognized faculty, supportive alumni network, award-winning campus media, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and more. 

Students in our B.A. in documentary studies and production take courses in journalism, television production, and cinema and photography. Our interdisciplinary curriculum prepares students to produce their own documentaries and to understand the growing and complex world of documentary film development. Open electives enable you to tailor your own program.

Our curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning with authoritative scholars and award-winning documentary makers, both in the classroom and in the field. You’ll also have access to the school’s broadcast studio, professional-grade video cameras, and digital still cameras for your work. Many students choose to study a semester in the school’s Los Angeles program, while others opt to study abroad in Australia, London, and Spain. The Park School’s extensive internship and alumni network opens doors at top media companies, ranging from Mark Burnett Productions and MTV to Authentic Entertainment and National Geographic.

By the time you are ready to graduate, you will have the broad knowledge and technical skills that will allow you to thrive in a variety of industry-based careers —producing, directing, cinematography, film and video editing, news reporting, sound mixing and recording, researching, writing, photography, and production management. You will also possess the critical thinking, research foundation, and analytical tools that will allow you to succeed if your chosen route is graduate study.