The Documentary-track PhD allows suitably qualified candidates to submit an original filmed documentary along with their thesis.
This allows PhD students to submit a thesis of 60,000 to 70,000 words and a within-copyright filmed documentary of 20 to 30 minutes in length.
This is to be researched in two parts, as a text and a film project, but developed in two parallel but interdependent modes of discourse. The two projects are therefore intended to overlap closely, so that the documentary is part of the integrated whole of the argument of the thesis.
An example of a research project which may be pursued using this methodology would be the study (in the form of an academic thesis) of the works of a living author or artist or film director, along with a creative research-led documentary film on the same individual's work.
The PhD candidate will need to provide a statement explaining the research question and aims addressed by the documentary film, including written production notes and a discussion of the stages of research and choice of methodology.
Our thesis formatting tutorial takes you step-by-step through the process of formatting your thesis from our template file. For more information on how to format and edit your manuscript, see our Thesis & Dissertation Formatting General Advice page.
Note: Therules and guidelines for thesis and dissertation formatting are developed by the Graduate School. Questions about the guidelines, or interpretation of them, should be directed to the Office of Degree Requirements at (413) 545-0025.
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Find your version of Word below to download the tutorial appropriate to your needs. We also provide a template for creating your thesis and an example of what a final thesis should look like. The Graduate School rules permit three different heading and Table of Contents formats. To provide support for the greatest possible number of students, these files help you use the two most-frequently-used formats, numeric (Scientific) and simple (Traditional). See the Graduate School Guidelines for Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations for more information on the permitted formats. Please read the tutorial appropriate to your version of Microsoft Word before you decide which format to use.
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