Continuing Education

Program Update (September 2022):

CDS Courses is currently on pause as the program evolves to best meet the needs and aspirations of our continuing education students, instructors, and community. The Center for Documentary Studies is wholly committed to the program and its Certificate in Documentary Arts option; we look forward to sharing a revitalized CDS Courses in 2023, operating on the following timeline:

* No Fall 2022, Spring 2023, or Summer 2023 classes are being offered, including Independent Study and Final Project Seminar.
* Our goal is to relaunch CDS Courses in Fall 2023 with a selection of affordable classes across the documentary arts—including Independent Study and a Final Project Seminar for certificate students.

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The Center for Documentary Studies offers a wide range (up to a hundred annually) of onsite and online courses, summer intensive institutes, and short workshops for adults who are interested in doing their own documentary work, whether starting a first project or refining an existing one. Most classes are offered during the evening or on weekends to accommodate the schedules of working adults. These hands-on courses, available via open admission and with reasonable fees, involve instruction in photography, video, audio, writing, and other creative media. Special topics integral to conducting and presenting documentary work are covered, such as documentary traditions, techniques, fieldwork theory, and ethics. 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.

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