Course Description

5-Session Course

A gateway course for students who want to learn the art of nonfiction storytelling. This course emphasizes content development, narrative strategies, and single-camera field production in the context of ethical, aesthetic, and social issues. Students will learn how to conduct pre-interviews, write treatments, create storyboards, learn production skills to record interviews and b-roll, generate transcripts, and complete a paper edit. The experience is an opportunity for students to craft documentaries that resonate with their personal experiences and inform, uplift, and inspire social change.

Learner Outcomes

  •  Understand the role of the documentary filmmaker as an artist and storyteller

  • Analyze strategies for developing and structuring documentary narratives

  • Learn visual grammar and storytelling devices for a range of documentary genres

  • Understand how to collaborate effectively on a professional documentary production

  • Explore options for digital production of documentary films



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Students participating in Professional Studies non-credit courses must possess a minimum of a High School diploma and must be an adult age 18 or older. Non-credit courses are taken primarily by professionals seeking to develop new skills, broaden their expertise, and build a knowledge base for their professional or personal goals. No application is required. Simply enroll by adding a course to your shopping cart and follow the steps during the checkout process.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Intro to Documentary Prod
6:00PM to 9:00PM
Sep 10, 2024 to Oct 08, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Emerson College
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
A614 tuition $475.00
Potential Discount(s)
Drop Request Deadline
May 15, 2024 to Sep 17, 2024
Transfer to a Different Course
No transfer request allowed after enrollment. Students may drop a course and re-enroll in a new course prior to the course start date.
Section Notes

Technology/ Software:

(Preferred) Adobe Premiere Part of Adobe Creative Cloud - requires monthly subscription https://www.adobe.com/

iMovie (minimum requirement) Available for phone, tablet/iPad, and computer https://www.apple.com/imovie/

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