Documentary Specialization

Students have at least one Theory course:

Theory courses:

MSCH-F 326: Authorship in the Media: Michael Moore, Errol Morris and the Contemporary Theatrical Documentary

(3 cr.) CASE A&H

P: MSCH-C 101 or CMCL-C 190, or consent of instructor. Topic varies: in-depth analysis of directors, producers, or creative individuals in the media, viewed as ‘authors.’ May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 326 and CMCL-C 326.

MSCH-F 392 Media Genres: Contemporary Documentary

(3 cr.) CASE A&H

P: MSCH-C 101 or CMCL-C 190, or consent of instructor. Topic varies. Analysis of typical genres, such as westerns, situation comedies, documentaries, etc. Problems of generic description or definition: themes, conventions, iconography peculiar to given genres. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 392 and CMCL-C 392.

MSCH-F 392 Media Genres: The Essay Film

(3 cr.) CASE A&H

P: MSCH-C 101 or CMCL-C 190, or consent of instructor. Topic varies. Analysis of typical genres, such as westerns, situation comedies, documentaries, etc. Problems of generic description or definition: themes, conventions, iconography peculiar to given genres. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 392 and CMCL-C 392.

MSCH-F 392 Media Genres: Nontheatrical Cinema

(3 cr.) CASE A&H

P: MSCH-C 101 or CMCL-C 190, or consent of instructor. Topic varies. Analysis of typical genres, such as westerns, situation comedies, documentaries, etc. Problems of generic description or definition: themes, conventions, iconography peculiar to given genres. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 392 and CMCL-C 392.

MSCH-F 392 Media Genres: Film and Ethnography

(3 cr.) CASE A&H

P: MSCH-C 101 or CMCL-C 190, or consent of instructor. Topic varies. Analysis of typical genres, such as westerns, situation comedies, documentaries, etc. Problems of generic description or definition: themes, conventions, iconography peculiar to given genres. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 392 and CMCL-C 392.

MSCH-F 420 Topics in Media History: History of Documentary

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

Media historiography, topics in national media history, national and international movements and trends. Topic varies. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 420 and CMCL-C 420.

MSCH-F 445 Media, Culture, and Politics: Film and Propaganda

(3 cr.)

Examines the role of media in the political process. Topic varies and may include censorship and free speech, social movements, politics of representation. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 445 or CMCL-C 445.

Production courses:

MSCH-P 435 Documentary Filmmaking: Theory and Practice

(4 cr.)

P: MSCH-C 101 or C190; one of MSCH-P 335, MSCH-P 360, CMCL-C 335, or CMCL-C 360, or equivalent. Study of the major historical movements in documentary film. Combines theoretical and historical readings on questions of documentary realism with practical exercises in the production of digital-video documentaries. Lab fee required. Credit given for only one of MSCH-P 435 or CMCL-C 435.

MSCH-P 433 Video Documentary

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-C 228 or TEL-T 283 and one 300-level production course, each with a grade of C- or higher, and consent of instructor. Overview of historic and contemporary television documentaries. Analyzes how narratives describe individuals, cultures, and events. Examines the role of producer as historian, explorer, social activist, journalist, and entertainer. Covers the development process in creating documentaries, including research, legal issues, story development, evaluation, and other preproduction activities. Credit given for only one of MSCH-P 433 or TEL-T 431.

MSCH-P 434 Documentary Production

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-C 223 or TEL-T 206; MSCH-C 228 or TEL-T 283; and one of MSCH-P 354, TEL-T 351 or TEL-T 354, all with a grade of C– or higher, and consent of instructor. Advanced, hands-on production class that produces nonfiction pieces, including broadcast documentaries and client-driven/community service videos. Lab fee required. Credit given for only one of MSCH-P 434 or TEL-T 435.

MSCH-J 362 Multimedia Storytelling

(3 cr.)

P: At least sophomore standing and MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210 with a grade of C- or higher; or permission of instructor. Hands-on experiences in reporting, editing and presenting stories in images, sound and spoken word. Goes beyond basic skills with advanced cameras and software. Create projects including Podcast, Audio slideshow, web video, and Portfolio website to display projects. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 362 or JOUR-J 362.

MSCH-X 472 Media Internship at IU Libraries Moving Image Archive

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