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Specialization in Documentary (Bachelor of Arts in Media) (MDAS07)The Media School

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.

Specialization requirements

The specialization requires at least 9 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Theory. One (1) course from the .
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) P: MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101; 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 CMCL-C 326 and MSCH-F 326. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) 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 CMCL-C 392 and MSCH-F 392. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) 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 CMCL-C 420 and MSCH-F 420. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) 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 CMCL-C 445 or MSCH-F 445. (3 credit hours.)
  2. Electives. Two (2) courses from the .
    • Additional course from the Theory list above
    • P: At least sophomore standing; and a grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 226; or consent 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 JOUR-J 362 or MSCH-J 362. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: A grade of C- or higher in MSCH-C 228 or TEL-T 283; and in one 300-level production course; 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. (3 credit hours.)
    • Explores the variety of documentary film practice. Examines fundamental issues, style, and techniques (realism, voice, ethics, observation, interview, re-enactment, etc.) through hands-on exercises, screenings, discussions, lectures, and the making of a short form documentary. Credit given for only one of MSCH-P 434 or TEL-T 435. (3 credit hours.)
    • Focuses on developing and producing a larger scale documentary, including research, story development, writing, filming and editing. Credit given for only one of CMCL-C 435 or MSCH-P 435. (4 credit hours.)
    • (approved internship at IU Libraries Moving Image Archive) P: At least junior standing; at least 12 credit hours completed in the school; and application for internship credit approved by the school. Application is available on the Media School website. Faculty-supervised work in a media field related to student's academic interests. Credits based on at least 45 work hours per credit hour with a maximum of 6 credit hours applied toward the B.A. in Media or the B.S. in Game Design. Student must write a critical analysis paper and be evaluated by a workplace supervisor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 382, MSCH-I 382, MSCH-I 497, MSCH-X 472, or TEL-T 497. (1–3 credit hours.)
  3. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the specialization.
    2. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the specialization—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    3. Exceptions to specialization requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.