Specialization in Documentary Storytelling

Develop a Visual Story From Script to Screen


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 11 weeks
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends
  • Cost: $1,725

Next start date:

January 9, 2024

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About this Program

Documentaries have become one of the fastest-growing genres on streaming platforms today, with the number of documentary series surging by 63% between 2018 and 2021. And with more companies and organizations turning to documentary-style films for their marketing, branding, fundraising and educational efforts, the need for people with documentary storytelling skills is high.

This specialization will help you hone the skills you’ll need to create documentaries that people will want to watch. We’ll cover how to research and prepare documentary proposals for funders and develop content that meets a client’s specifications. You’ll use the principles of storytelling to write a script that'll keep your audience engaged. You’ll also learn a variety of interviewing techniques for film shoots and editing methods that tie the story together.

Designed For

People with at least one year of film/video production or scriptwriting experience who want to focus on the documentary film genre.

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Skills You’ll Gain

  • Interviewing techniques
  • Content development
  • Scriptwriting
  • Visual storytelling
  • Film proposals
  • Research methods
  • Client management
  • Post-production editing

Get Real-World Experience   

You'll write and edit a documentary script, practice relevant interview techniques, develop a story in response to a client’s need, and edit video content using industry-standard software. 


After successfully completing this course, you can claim a digital achievement badge that can be shared on LinkedIn and other social media sites. Learn more about digital badges.

Career Stats


Growth in demand for documentary filmmaking skills in the U.S. (2020–2023)


Growth in demand for documentary filmmaking skills in Washington state (2020–2023)

Source: Lightcast

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After successfully completing this program, you can claim a digital achievement badge that can be shared on LinkedIn and other social media sites. Learn more about digital badges.


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Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings


    Noncredit Program

    You'll earn 5.1 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this program. Learn more about noncredit options.

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