Film and Documentary Studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores a wide range of filmic texts from a variety of cultural, national, and generic traditions. The program includes three degree offerings: (1) a minor in Film Studies, (2) an LVAIC minor in Documentary Storymaking, and (3) a Graduate Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking. As the different components of the program suggest, Film and Documentary Studies privileges both the critical study of film and visual culture as well as the practice of producing film and storymaking. We specifically encourage all our students to build professional portfolios of their filmic projects. Students from across the University enroll in our programs, benefiting from an interdisciplinary and international faculty.

Course Descriptions

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LVAIC Minor in Documentary Storymaking

Program Overview

"Three campuses. Three Communities.  Infinite Stories."

Documentary Storymaking provides students with opportunities to enhance their academic work in a variety of fields by exploring documentary perspectives and community-based practices. The minor offers a foundation in the theory and ethics of documentary storymaking and requires that students produce numerous projects.

The Documentary Storymaking minor emphasizes hands-on experience and fosters students' understandings and abilities to create meaningful stories for diverse audiences. Required and elective courses also consider how documentary research and practice informs and impacts the issues, concerns, and futures of different communities, including the Lehigh Valley.

An integral feature of the Documentary Storymaking minor is the collaboration amongst faculty and students from different LVAIC schools, including Muhlenberg College, Lafayette College, and Lehigh University.

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The minor consists of 3 required courses: Doc 150, Introduction to Documentary Storymaking, Doc 250, Legal and Ethical Issues in Documentary Storymaking, and Doc 370, Capstone in Documentary Storymaking.  Additionally, students complete two approved electives, one of which is production focused.  Read more about course descriptions and requirements.

For more information about the consortial minor, contact the program director: Lora Taub-Pervizpour, ltaub@muhlenberg.edu or 484.664.3880.

For help with cross-registration through LVAIC, see the LVAIC website here.
The Minor requires a minimum of five courses.  Of those five, three are required:
DOC 150  Introduction to Documentary Storymaking  
DOC 250  Legal & Ethical Issues in Documentary Practice  
DOC 370  Capstone in Documentary Storymaking
Electives will be chosen with consultation of adviser; electives include:
HIST 337 History and Community Memory (Lehigh)
JOUR 024 Visual Communication (Lehigh)
JOUR 141 Photojournalism (Lehigh)
JOUR 230 Multimedia Storytelling (Lehigh)
COM 231. Documentary Research (Muhlenberg)                                           
COM 344. Documentary Film & Social Justice 
COM 389. Documentary Photography  (Muhlenberg)
COM 431. Documentary Field Work 
FAMS 201: Making Media I (Lafayette)
FAMS 202: Making Media II (Lafayette)
FAMS 340: Documentary Film (Lafayette)

For help with cross-registration through the LVAIC website, please visit:  http:lvaic.org/for-students/cross-registration/

For more information or to declare a Documentary Storymaking Minor, contact Professor Michael Kramp, dmk209@lehigh.edu or Program Director, Professor Lora Taub-Pervizpour, ltaub@muhlenberg.edu




Film Studies Minor

Lehigh's Film Studies minor offers students opportunities to think critically and creatively about prominent forms of visual culture that permeate our world. Courses examine different film genres and movements, various national traditions, and recent television series that draw on the sophisticated visual and narrative strategies of cinema. Film Studies minors learn to analyze the power and function of filmic communication, appreciate various modes of visual messaging, and have the chance to produce film and build a professional portfolio.

The minor consists of four courses (15-16 credits) and includes FILM 001 (Introduction to Film), the study of non-English- language cinema, and at least one 300-level elective.

• FILM 001: Introduction to Film
• 1 course focused on non-English-language flm/film traditions
• 8 elective credit
(4 of these credits must be at the 300- or 400- level)

For more information or to declare a Film Studies minor, contact Professor Michael Kramp (dmk209@lehigh.edu)

Film Minor Declaration Form



Graduate Certificate in Documentary Film

The Graduate Certificate in Documentary Film is designed to augment students' education and provide practical experience for opportunities inside and outside the academy. This certificate program covers (1) the historical development and distinctive attributes of documentary film; (2) the planning, production, and editing of documentary film; and (3) ethical concerns surrounding documentary research and practice.

The program is open to graduate students in any department and has been especially useful for students in English, History, American Studies, Sociology, and Education. Students and faculty in the program collaborate with colleagues in the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning and the Digital Media Studio.

Required courses: 12 credits, no more than 6 credits at the 300-level.

AMST 425 Community Study through Documentary Film (3)

AMST 433 Documentary Film Production (3)

Additionally, students complete two elective courses in consultation with the Graduate Certificate Director.

For more information on the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Film contact Professor Michael Kramp, dmk209@lehigh.edu