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Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies: Ethics and Practice is a Course

Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies: Ethics and Practice

Jul 25 - Jul 31, 2021
40.0 credits

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Full course description

Instructor: Michelle Lanier

This intensive, weeklong class is designed for distance students who are pursuing the Certificate in Documentary Arts and fulfills their introductory course requirement, but it is also ideal for any student wishing to get a grasp of documentary work and practice. This course will feature a variety of guest speakers, including photographers, filmmakers, writers, and audio producers. We emphasize not only methodologies but also philosophies and ethics of fieldwork in different settings. Students will explore examples of documentary work, and at the final meeting will present project proposals of their own. These proposals may be the beginning of long-term documentary initiatives or simply a means to help decide on the direction of a future project.

Additional Information:

This online course will be held using Zoom. The instructor will send further instructions for class access and equipment needed closer to the start date. 

Helpful links:

How to join a Zoom meeting: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ

Overview of Zoom meeting controls : https://youtu.be/ygZ96J_z4AY

Please keep in mind that while students need to be available during the listed course times, some of that time will be devoted to working on individual projects. Your instructor will communicate with you about the class schedule and the times that the class will convene online as a group as well as the times that will be spent working on your own.

Hours (ET) for the intensive are:

July 25 (Sunday): 5–8 p.m.

July 26–29 (Monday–Thursday): 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

July 30 (Friday): 9 a.m.–5 p.m.