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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York Film Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

Special Topics I: Documentary Filmmaking I


9 hours (16 weeks).

New York Film Academy, 17 Battery Place, New York, NY.

October 2011 - December 2019. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: recognize and discuss what is a documentary film; identify and explain the ethics and morals of documentary filmmaking; differentiate and describe the different filmmaking approaches of documentary films; appraise and contrast different interviewing techniques; analyze and describe the similarities and differences between documentary and fiction filmmaking; recognize and identify various directing techniques employed in documentary filmmaking; and recognize and identify various camera techniques employed in documentary filmmaking.


Through classroom lectures, students are taught the craft of documentary film directing. The first semester course introduces students to major aspects and genres of documentary filmmaking, including various ways to handle the multiple technical, aesthetic and ethical challenges facing the documentary filmmaker. Other topics include: pre-production, filming, post-production, and distribution.

Credit recommendation: 

NOTE: Credit recommendations are listed under Special Topics Overview: One Year Filmmaking Program-Semesters One and Two (10/16).