The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) offers courses through three main programs: undergraduate education; a Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts; and continuing education (currently paused). Courses include instruction in photography, audio, film/video, narrative writing and new media along with an examination of documentary traditions, practices and ethics.
Documentary work is creative and artistic, driven by personal motivations and talents; it is also a public process of engagement and a powerful tool for communication and for fostering understanding and change. In its approach to education, CDS emphasizes documentary fieldwork, collaborative partnerships and a balance between individual artistic expression and community goals.
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