Continuing Education

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Summer and Fall 2018 continuing education courses are available on the CDS Courses registration site, which includes course descriptions and a timetable of courses currently available. Among the many new offerings are Introducción al Podcasting en Español, an ONLINE course with Ruxandra Guidi; Painting and Drawing for Multimedia Documentary Portraiture with Ben Hamburger; an ONLINE Street Photography course with Yasser Booley, and Hybrid Documentary: Fact Through Fiction, with Ligaiya Romero. 

Learn more about CDS's continuing education courses in the documentary arts! Check out the archived livestream below: Staff members April Walton and Marc Maximov gave a brief overview of the program and answered questions, and Hal Goodtree offered an illustrative example by discussing his online course on smartphone filmmaking. Hal is an Emmy and Cannes Lions award-winning producer and longtime CDS instructor. 

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 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. View our recent 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 or email