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Storytelling to Inform, Inspire, and Incite

Documentary Studies and Production combines cinema production, journalism, television production, and photography courses so you'll develop the variety of skills needed to tell important documentary stories. Below is a compilation of a few of our students’ recent award winning work:

Compilation of films made by Documentary Studies & Production students

We think we have one of the best programs of its kind in the nation. It’s no accident that our student films achieve impressive media distribution and regularly appear in festivals and contests around the world. In both 2020 and 2019, our students were finalists in the prestigious national College Emmy Awards. One Nation Under Guns was a 2020 finalist. Below is the trailer:

Finalist in the 2020 Student Emmys

One Nation Under Guns, produced in the Doc Workshop course was a finalist in the 2020 College Emmy Awards. Congratulation are due especially to student producers McKinleigh Lair '19, Josh Jacobius '19, and Olivia Forker '20.

Pre-approved double majors between Documentary Studies and Production and departments in Humanities and Sciences.

Documentary Studies and Production has partnered with three departments -- Environmental Studies, Politics, and World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures to create pre-approved double majors. This initiative facilitates dynamic connections between these three areas of study in the humanities and the communication and critical evaluation skills that are fostered in the Documentary Studies and Production program. Early adopters will enjoy:

  • Streamlined admissions procedures for declaring the double major
  • Advising support from faculty in both departments

 For more information contact Documentary Studies program director John Scott at jdscott@ithaca.edu.

Create films that can change the world for the better and start DAY ONE.

In your very first semester, you will commonly take Cinema Production 1, Introduction to Journalism, Documentary Immersion and S’Park!: Igniting Your Future in Communications. In these courses you will get a chance to make work right away and to expand your understanding of this complex field.

Fusion of Theory and Practice

Some programs emphasize theory. Others focus on production. The Documentary Studies and Production degree is a creative synthesis of both.

Our faculty includes authoritative scholars and award-winning documentary makers with extensive experience in the field. Your training will enable you to develop practical skills, and you can take advantage of opportunities within the Park School to build your resume and portfolio with documentary films, trailers, and impressive proposal books.

Where Are Our Alumni?

Our students are well-prepared to assume roles in news organizations, production houses, and to function as independent documentarians. Many of them secure prestigious grants and fellowships; for example, we have had three recent graduates accepted into the very selective Sundance Ingite Fellowship program.

Check out our alumni page to see what you can do with this degree.

Crystal Kayiza's documentary See You Next Time which was programmed at last year’s Sundance Film Festival is now Oscar eligible and available to watch on The New Yorker’s YouTube site. 

Documentary Studies Program Contact Information

Questions about the Documentary Studies program? Please contact

John Scott, Program Director
Associate Professor, Media Arts, Sciences and Studies