A film by one of our Documentary Studies MA students, Margo McClellan: https://vimeo.com/120802591
Documentarians creatively make nonfiction stories. Whether
it’s a story about historical events and people or the events of our
times, documentarians produce stories that give shape and meaning to
our understanding of culture, social life and history.
Our graduate program at Northern Arizona University's School of
Communication provides a solid grounding in communication and the
theoretical, critical, and practical traditions that inform documentary
work. Students engage in intensive research and fieldwork, professional
production skills in storytelling, and learn to critically analyze media
in terms of both content and craft.
The program is ideally suited to prepare graduate students for today's world of cutting-edge multimedia journalism, documentary work, as well as preparation for PhD programs in cinema and media studies. It also provides the foundations to start a business doing production in a variety of formats.
NAU is set in the midst of the striking and diverse Southwest. With its manifold Native American communities, environmental issues, high desert landscapes, canyons and mountains (including the Grand Canyon and other national parks), NAU's Colorado Plateau setting provides a rich palette for the next generation of documentary storytellers.
This is the only Master's level Documentary program in the Southwest.
Students in this program will:
- Engage a theoretical and historical understanding of documentary as rooted
in the traditions of creative storytelling and social critique.
- Apply heightened skills of observation, critical thinking, and creativity in telling
stories about untold, under-reported, and under-represented issues and
- Create and distribute a variety of documentary projects in different
forms at an advanced level.
- Realize that production tools and techniques are a means to author
a unique point of view shaped by the documentarian's philosophical
sensibilities and ways of perceiving the world.
- Gain tools for creating
their own production business.
Documentary Studies FacultyRead more
Documentary filmmaking, photography, journalism
Toni DeAztllan-Smith, MJ
Documentary filmmaking, journalism
Peter Friederici, MS
Science and environmental writing; oral histories
Janna Jones, PhD
studies, cinema history, documentary and social change
Kurt Lancaster, PhD
production, DSLR cinema, cinema raw, and multimedia journalism.
Harun Mehmedinović, MFA
Creative interests include film directing, writing, and photography
Mark Neumann, PhD
Audio documentary and cultural