The documentary is a creative way of exploring our world. It’s hands-on storytelling that entertains audiences while advancing their understanding. Documentary producers can express their passions through video, film, and photography, and they have a real opportunity to change the world for the better.

The Park School at Ithaca College offers a unique program designed specifically for undergraduates. Some schools emphasize theory without application; others emphasize production. Our degree is the only undergraduate program in the country that emphasizes theory and application, production and liberal arts.

In your very first semester, you will take 12 communications credits in the Park School, more than in any other major. Courses are: Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis, Cinema Production 1, Introduction to Journalism, and S’Park!: Igniting Your Future in Communications.

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.

Our students produce work that is technically and conceptually sophisticated - and it is often recognized at the national level. OUT OF THE PILLS, a documentary on the opioid crisis in West Virginia, is one of the finalists for the 39th College Television Awards Ceremony, March 14-16, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. Student producers are Casey McCracken '19, Rebecca van der Meulen '19, and Eric Barr '18 - all Doc Studies majors.

Check out the profiles of some of our amazing alumni - students who began working with each other here on campus and continue to build their body of work and their relationships with each other.

Student films such as "Walk on the Mountain" are often distributed nationally and win awards
Students produce award-winning documentaries

Class projects in documentary studies get more than grades -- they get national audiences and awards. Our students have access to travel funds and equipment to produce professional-quality work that covers important societal issues. For example: as seen through the lens of anti-coal activist Junior Walk, Walk on the Mountain depicts the environmental and economic distress in the coal fields on West Virginia. This documentary tells the real story of the people that live in southern West Virginia- suffering through the decline of coal, fighting battles to feed their families, and deciding where they stand- with Junior or with the coal companies. This film was screened at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City and Grass Valley, California, the largest film festival of its kind, showcasing the best and brightest in environmental and adventure films.