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Documentary Film Production

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Documentary Film Production introduces the fundamentals of nonfiction filmmaking in a small, supportive setting with industry professionals as mentors. Includes technical aspects of documentary filmmaking (producing, camera, and audio) and exposure to the history and theory behind the art. Students will develop, shoot, and edit an original short documentary film, as well as collaborate on various non-fiction productions, which can include work for clients, non-profits, and new media. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Film and Media Production is also available.

Details

Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Documentary Film Production (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5059
Total credits required
31-34
Catalog Year
2022-2023
Effective Term
Spring 2023
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Produce independent nonfiction media using digital tools and technologies according to industry standards.
  2. Apply principles of story, cinematography, sound, editing, and art in the development of film and media productions.
  3. Integrate knowledge of historical and current trends in documentary film in the production of nonfiction work.
  4. Employ industry standards for safety and set etiquette in a production environment.
  5. Apply knowledge of industry roles and techniques for each stage of the documentary production cycle, from development through distribution.
  6. Demonstrate collaboration and inclusivity to promote an ethical and diverse work environment.
  7. Demonstrate qualifications and experience as a competitive film and media industry professional through a portfolio.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film

$59,980

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2021.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FMP108 Video Production Critical course Gateway course 3
FMP111AA Scripting for the Media 3
FMP115 Introduction to Editing for Media 3
ART142 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL OR Equivalent coursework and/or experience approved by Program Director FYC 0–3
FMP125 Podcasting 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HUM212 or
FMP170
Documentary Film or Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking 3
FMP114 Audio Production 3
FMP204 Advanced Video Production 3
FMP/FMT270 Documentaries for Social Change 4
FMP/FMT117 or
FMP208 or
FMP260 or
FMP/FMT294AC
Introduction to Cinematography or Production Company Management or Film and Media Producing and Financing or Special Topics in Motion Picture, Television, Documentary, and New Media Production Select in consultation with Advisor or Program Director 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FMP108 Video Production Critical course Gateway course 3
FMP111AA Scripting for the Media 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL OR Equivalent coursework and/or experience approved by Program Director FYC 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FMP115 Introduction to Editing for Media 3
HUM212 or
FMP170
Documentary Film or Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART142 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
FMP125 Podcasting 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FMP114 Audio Production 3
FMP/FMT270 Documentaries for Social Change 4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FMP204 Advanced Video Production 3
FMP/FMT117 or
FMP208 or
FMP260 or
FMP/FMT294AC
Introduction to Cinematography or Production Company Management or Film and Media Producing and Financing or Special Topics in Motion Picture, Television, Documentary, and New Media Production Select in consultation with Advisor or Program Director 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Documentary Film Production (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm11?id=175500).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Previous Catalog Years

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. All previous catalog years for this pathway map are available at the link below.