Nido R. Qubein School of Communication
Documentary Media

B.A. Documentary Media

At High Point University, the documentary media major is housed at the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication. Named for the university’s president, who is an acclaimed international speaker and communicator, the School of Communication is a model of how contemporary communication should be studied at liberal arts universities. Our goal is to help students become responsible global citizens by discovering their own identities through intense small class interaction and hands-on activities produced in close collaboration with experienced faculty.

What is documentary media?

Documentary media takes a broad view of documentary, including video, photography, audio and multimedia documentaries. Students will learn to research, edit and refine their work through analysis and storytelling structure. Students develop the technical skills and artistry to create work in a variety of media formats.

Bachelor of Arts in documentary media

Unique Courses:

  • History of Documentary Film
  • Documenting the Community Through Photography
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Advanced Techniques in Creative Non-Fiction
  • Visual Sociology and Social Documentation

What can I do with this major?

Documentary media graduates find employment as:

  • Producers
  • Directors
  • Cinematographers
  • Film and video editors
  • News reporters
  • Researchers
  • Writers
  • Production managers

Student clubs & organizations

  • Event Management Club
  • Game Design Club
  • High Point Broadcast Society
  • HPU Radio
  • HPU TV
  • Lambda Pi Eta
  • National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association
  • Public Relations Student Society of America
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Sport Management Club

Media Fellows Program

Each year the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication selects from a pool of applicants the top 16 incoming freshmen to be a part of the prestigious Media Fellows Program. The fellows partake in real-world projects in a client/agency model, work together to develop and oversee unique research projects and travel domestically and internationally to examine trends in the media industry.

Study Abroad Opportunities

In a four-week course titled, “Revolution in Paris: Art at the Turn of Two Centuries,” both communication and art students alike found inspiration in the “City of Light,” Paris, France. The group sought to find a new way of photographing the city while exploring its past and future. While there, they experienced and photographed the Paris streetscape, saw the city from the Eiffel Tower and explored the Palace of Versailles.


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