NEW YORK (June 26, 2006) - The new Certificate in Documentary Production offered in the fall of 2006 at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies ( through the Center for Design, Digital Arts and Film is specially designed for students eager to enter the documentary production job-market or embark on an independent film project.

Real Hands-on Experience: Courses that will Reel you in to the World of Documentary Production…to receive the Certificate in Documentary Production, students are required to complete all seven courses in the Core Curriculum, plus two Master Class or related electives. The Core Curriculum includes classes such as: History of Modern Documentary; Documentary Development, Research & Financing; Directing the Documentary; Documentary Distribution & Marketing and more. Electives include: Master Class in Advanced Documentary Camerawork; Master Class: Focus on Cinema Verite; Documentary Career Day and more. Related courses include: Intro to Post-Production; Craft of Editing; Web Design 1 and more.

Learning from Industry Experts… Design, Digital Arts and Film instructor, Thom Powers, is no stranger to the Documentary filmmaking industry and has been teaching a Documentary Research and Development course at NYU-SCPS for six years. He helped develop the certificate and is the lead faculty member for the program. Recently appointed documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival, his experience includes directing documentaries for HBO and PBS. Mr. Powers is also the co-owner of Sugar Pictures, a documentary production company.

Learning More than Just How to Shoot a Documentary…Students will learn to focus on honing their ideas into viable projects by addressing all the issues that precede shooting including: fundraising, research, contracts, budgets, scheduling, ethical issues, crews and more. The certificate’s curriculum is designed so that students will gain an understanding of the structure and economics of screen industries, both locally and internationally.

From Novices to Professionals…the certificate is structured in such a way that both novices and working documentary professionals alike will benefit from the course material.

A Solution for Those with a Limited Time Commitment…Ambitious students can take two courses plus one elective per semester and finish the certificate within a year.

Hearing from Guest Speakers…Students enrolled in the certificate program will benefit from hearing from industry leaders such as: filmmakers, lawyers, fundraisers and others who share creative, legal and financial strategies.

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About The NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies ( is among the 14 colleges and schools that comprise New York University, one of the largest private universities in the United States. Founded in 1934, NYU SCPS each year educates some 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students and enrolls over 44,000 in its non-credit programs. A national leader in adult and professionally-oriented education, NYU SCPS programs include non-credit courses that span more than 125 fields, 14 industry-focused master’s degree programs, and nine bachelors and six associates degree programs specially designed for working adults. As well, NYU SCPS is home to NYU Online, the University’s first online bachelor’s programs.

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