Continuing Education

 

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The following information regarding the Center for Documentary Studies continuing education offerings (CDS Courses) is in accordance with Duke University’s current policies and guidelines related to coronavirus / COVID-19:

  • The full lineup of Spring 2021 online courses in the documentary arts is now OPEN FOR REGISTRATION on our brand-new site at cdscourses.org. Visit the site to read course descriptions and instructor bios, and to sign up!
     
  • The Fall 2020 Certificate in Documentary Arts graduation ceremony took place online on Friday, December 4. Congratulations to our five extraordinary graduates; read more about the artists and their final projects.

Overview

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. 

CDSCOURSES.ORG: SPRING 2021 COURSE DESCRIPTION AND REGISTRATION SITE

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. View handouts on recommended equipment and Certificate requirementsNote: Duke University staff, faculty, students, and alumni receive 10 percent off fees for CDS Courses in the fall and spring.

CONTACT: please call 919.660.3670, email cdscourses@duke.edu, or schedule an online consult.

 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If a course is full, you may enter your name on the wait list. We will contact you if a space becomes available.

To register for courses, you will need to create a username and password. The email address you enter will be the primary method of contact. You can get updated course information and a record of courses completed on the site.

Duke faculty, students, and employees are eligible for a discount. Email us at cdscourses@duke.edu to obtain the discount code. On the Order Summary screen, type the code in the promotional code window, then click on "Apply to Total." The Duke discount cannot be applied to summer intensives.

If a course doesn't meet minimum enrollment or is canceled by us due to unforeseen circumstances, you will receive a full refund. You can choose to keep the refund as a credit on your account to be applied to future courses, or have it returned to your credit card. 

To receive a refund under other circumstances, we must receive a cancellation request at least two weeks before the course begins. No refunds will be granted after the start of a course.

All refunds exclude a $3 transaction fee. There is a nonrefundable $40 deposit for courses under $500. Payment for institutes and workshops over $500 includes a nonrefundable deposit of 50% of the course fee.

Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to cdscourses@duke.edu. Refunds will generally be made in the manner of payment.