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:

  • Our lineup of fall 2021 online courses in the documentary arts is now OPEN FOR REGISTRATION at cdscourses.org. Visit the site to read course descriptions and instructor bios, and to sign up!
     
  • The Spring 2021 Certificate in Documentary Arts graduation ceremony took place online on Friday, May 14. Congratulations to our extraordinary graduate, free feral; read more about the artist and their final project.

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. 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 requirements

Note: Duke University staff, faculty, students, and alumni receive 10 percent off fees for CDS Courses in the fall and spring. Email 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."

CDSCOURSES.ORG: COURSE DESCRIPTION AND REGISTRATION SITE

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.

If a course doesn't meet minimum enrollment or is canceled 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. Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to cdscourses@duke.edu. Refunds will generally be made in the manner of payment.

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 percent of the course fee.