Documentary Studies Certificate


Documentary Studies

The digital revolution is changing the world and digital storytelling starts with the Documentary Studies Certificate. New video and audio technologies combined with the Internet are producing a new broad-based participatory media.

And yet most of us are only passive consumers of media content. To be an active participant in this revolution and take full advantage of its potential for community-building, political activism, knowledge transfer and self-expression, we need to know how to use the technology and how to tell good documentary stories.

The Documentary Studies Certificate at Franklin Pierce University is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be good documentary storytellers, an expertise that is increasingly important in many different professional disciplines and careers.

This interdisciplinary program is coordinated through the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture where students learn the craft of producing non-fiction films and audio documentaries. They research and collaboratively document the lives of people living within the Monadnock region often in partnership with regional organizations.

Through studying the documentary tradition, students learn to research and gain access to subjects’ lives, create video and audio recordings, edit and refine their work through analysis and storytelling structure, and show their finished work in various formats from radio and the internet to broadcast and the big screen. Borrowing from a variety of disciplines—art, drama, literary non-fiction, sociology, anthropology, oral history, video and audio production—students produce a professional, intimate, humanistic body of work that better equips them to perform in their chosen field.

To earn the Documentary Studies Certificate, students must to complete 18 credits of study including a documentary project that they present to the public. Certificate students work in one of two documentary mediums—video filmmaking or audio documentary for radio and the Internet—to tell the stories of communities, organizations and people in the Monadnock region of southwestern New Hampshire. 

Want to know more?

Documentary Studies Program Sheet ThumbnailDownload the Documentary Studies Program Sheet to view on screen or print, or view the College at Rindge Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.


Franklin Pierce University
College at Rindge


Douglas F. Challenger, Ph.D.
Office Location: Petrocelli 333
Phone: 603.899.4263

John Harris
Office Location: Edgewood - Lower-level
Phone: 603.899.4010


Lou Bunk
Music Technology

Doug Challenger

Melinda Jette
Public History

John Harris
American Studies

Richard Roth
Mass Communications

Heather Tullio
Mass Communications