College of
Documentary Media


capture archaeological history


Students will learn how to utilize modern video and photographic technology as a means of providing documentation in the discipline of archaeology. This includes learning how to photograph an archaeological site—its features and finds—for publication, how to make short- and medium-form documentaries for web, museum, and other video distribution formats, and how to enhance content (video, print, and photographic) with artwork such as maps, overlays, diagrams, and 2D animations.

TSU’s College of Documentary Media provides an intensive course of study. Because of its nature, it cannot be taught via distance learning. Depending on the aptitude of the student, one might be able to enter the film and television industry upon completing the program, but this track is only intended as an enhancement for the archaeological enterprise, or for ministry, and not as a classic “film-school.”

Students must provide their own laptops with the “Adobe CC” suite (student pricing is available through Adobe), their own DSLR camera, and a video camera or DSLR camera capable of taking video. A “Canon Rebel” camera is recommended. A reasonable microphone capable of attaching to the camera, decent headphones, and storage hard-drives are also required of the student. A small lighting kit is also recommended. Cell phone photo/video is not acceptable for these courses.

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Diploma or Degree Emphasis


27 Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH); or as an emphasis inside a degree program of another TSU College.

Core Courses

All courses are 3 SCH; courses must be taken in the order below

DM421/521 Photography for Archaeology

DM423/523 Introduction to Video Production

DM424/524 Video Editing

DM425/525 Documentary Format

DM431/531 Audio Production

DM442/542 Visual Elements

DM452/552 Site Photography (can be taken anytime after Photography course)

DM462/562 Producing the Documentary

DM491/591 Final Project

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