University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Documentary Film Certificate

The certificate in documentary film provides students with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to successfully communicate concepts and narratives via the modes of non-fiction filmmaking. Students will acquire a foundational knowledge of essential techniques in cinematography, editing, and sound mixing, and apply them in both journalistic and artistic ways. 

The skills and knowledge gained through the completion of this certificate are applicable to many fields, and are complimentary to the work of any student seeking to communicate non-fiction narratives through visual means.

Post-secondary Certificate - Documentary Film


Required Courses15
Total Hours15

Degree Specific Credits: 15

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
JRNL 257ABeginning Video and Photojournalism3
JRNL 350Intermediate Video Photography3
JRNL 488Student Documentary Unit3
or MART 455 Visions of Documentary Film
JRNL 491Special Topics (Documentary Film History)3
MART 345Sound for Film3
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-