Friday, October 22, 2010

Syracuse? Master of Arts program in Documentary Film and History? MAYBE!

I find this to be an interesting possibility for the future:

If you are a history major or are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in history or another humanity or social science, we have a degree program that may interest you.  Syracuse University offers a one-year Master of Arts program in Documentary Film and History.  This program teaches film production while requiring students to focus on an area of specialization like history, education, religion, African-American or women’s studies.  To put it simply, students in our program learn how to research, write and design non-fiction films as well as make them.

The program is a joint effort between the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.  It begins in the summer with two courses introducing students both to production and historical analysis.  Our curriculum contains a wide variety of courses, from historical methods to video editing. However, the core of the program is the research, scripting and production of a thesis and an internship in the second summer. Past internships have been with award-winning filmmakers like Ken Burns and Barbara Kopple, as well with organizations as diverse Al Jazeera and MTV.

Our graduates are working in production companies across the US and abroad, producing media for public and cable television, museums, school districts and universities. Some of our graduates are planning to become professors who will use their media skills to become more effective teachers as well as to “publish” films instead of textbooks.

Additional information is available on our website but I also invite you to contact me via email ( for further details.

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