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:

September 24, 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 nonfiction and 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 impactful nonfiction and documentary film content that people will want to watch. We’ll cover how to research and prepare documentary proposals for funders and develop video 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

Those with some experience in films and/or video production, scriptwriting, journalism, podcasting or web content development who want to build their nonfiction and documentary storytelling skills.

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Skills You’ll Gain

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

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

Career Stats


Project growth in U.S. demand for storytelling skills (2024–26)


Project growth in U.S. demand for video production skills (2024–26)

Source: Lightcast

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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 meet with your instructor and classmates at scheduled times over Zoom. 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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