Continuing Education


The Center for Documentary Studies offers a wide range (up to 100 annually) of onsite and online courses, summer intensive institutes, and short workshops for adults who are interested in learning to do their own documentary work. These courses, available via open admission and with reasonable fees, involve instruction in photography, video, audio, writing, and other creative media. Special topics and such subjects as documentary traditions, techniques, fieldwork theory, and ethics involved in conducting and presenting documentary work are covered. The hands-on courses at CDS help adults achieve their goals of completing a first project or refining an ongoing project. Most classes are offered during in the evening or on weekends to accommodate the schedules of working adults. Summer intensive institutes, as well as online classes, are also available.

This open-admissions adult education program includes the option of completing a Certificate in Documentary Arts; a two-year distance-learning certificate track is available for non-local students.

Visit the dedicated Continuing Education site for more information about the program, course descriptions, and to register.

To contact Continuing Education at the Center for Documentary Studies, please call 919.660.3670 or email