Continuing Education

Image: Bigpig, by Continuing Education student Tom Simon, from the 2017 Photo Institute intensive
Image: Bigpig, by Continuing Education student Tom Simon, from the 2017 Photo Institute intensive


Learn more about CDS's Continuing Education courses in the documentary arts! Join us for an informational livestream presentation on Thursday, March 15, 6:30–7:15 p.m. Continuing Ed director April Walton will give a brief overview of the program, and Hal Goodtree will offer an illustrative example by discussing his upcoming online course on smartphone filmmaking. Hal is an Emmy and Cannes Lions award-winning producer and longtime CDS instructor.
Check back on this page for the YouTube link to the livestream, and look for it in upcoming e-newsletters and on social media. 

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