Required Courses



Final Project Seminar in Documentary Studies
 


This seminar is organized around group discussions of student projects, including how best to complete those projects, along with guided planning on how best to present the works to their intended audiences. Certificate students who have met all other requirements and have done substantial work toward their intended final projects may request admission to the course. Participants who successfully complete their projects during this course will be awarded the Certificate in Documentary Arts.

Students must declare their intention to enroll at the beginning of the term. Before enrolling in this class, students must complete a Projects course in the medium of their choice—Audio, Photography, or Video (an independent study will be arranged for students working in other media). Please contact CDS Courses (continuing education) interim director Rahi Hasan ([email protected]) if you plan to enroll. On Wednesday, June 3rd, students will share their work with a public audience at the Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus. (12 hours / Advanced)

 

Nancy Kalow is a folklorist and filmmaker. She was a co-convener, with miriam cooke and Maha Houssami, of the Humanities Writ Large project, Arab Refugee Oral History: Collecting Life Narratives. Her documentary, Sadobabies, was the winner of a Gold Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival and the Special Jury Trophy at the San Francisco Film Festival; The Great Dictator screened at the Strange Beauty Film Festival and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. She has been co-chair of the Selection Committee of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival since 2003. Her e-book, Visual Storytelling: The Digital Video Documentary, was published by CDS.



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ST525SP20
Center for Documentary Studies
Room 001
Kalow 4/15 - 6/3 We 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $300.00 View

Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies: Ethics and Practice (ONLINE)
 


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. (38 hours)


Michelle Lanier is the newly appointed director of the N.C. Division of State Historic Sites and Properties. She was formerly the acting director of North Carolina’s African American Heritage Commission and Curator of Multicultural Initiatives with North Carolina’s State Historic Sites. She has been an instructor at CDS since 2000. She uses her background as an oral historian and folklorist to connect communities around personal narratives and cultural expression. She has traveled to Panama and Ghana to document African Diaspora funerary traditions, and her ethnographic work in a South Carolina Gullah community led to her role as a liaison to the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. Growing up in a family that includes veterans of five American wars has inspired her current work, training students to collect veterans’ narratives.


Joy Salyers is a folklorist and a professional adviser on ethical and effective practice for individuals, organizations, and projects. She helps clients place an honest and compassionate assessment of themselves into the context of the systems within which they work. Salyers is also a writer, performer, and lecturer. She serves on advisory groups for several current documentary projects, and has taught in CDS’s continuing education programs for more than a decade. See www.joysalyers.com.


Additional information:

This 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 for students:

Join a Zoom meeting: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ

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..


Section A

Taught by Michelle Lanier

Sunday, June 7: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.

Monday–Thursday, June 8–11: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Friday, June 12: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.


Section B

Taught by Joy Salyers

Sunday, August 2: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.

Monday–Thursday, August 3–6: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Friday, August 7: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.




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ST515SU20A
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Lanier 6/7 - 6/12 Mo Tu We Th Fr Su Varied $540.00 View
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ST515SU20B
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Salyers 8/2 - 8/7 Mo Tu We Th Fr Su Varied $540.00 View

Introduction to Documentary Studies: Ethics and Practice (ONLINE ONLY)
 


This course is designed for students in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program or those who plan to enroll. The documentary arts—including photography, video, audio, and writing—encompass many genres and numerous means of interacting with the world and its people. Instruction will focus on methodologies as well as philosophies and ethics of fieldwork in different settings. Students will explore examples of documentary work and will present project ideas of their own in the final session. (20 hours / All levels)


Joy Salyers is a folklorist and a professional adviser on ethical and effective practice for individuals, organizations, and projects. She helps clients place an honest and compassionate assessment of themselves into the context of the systems within which they work. Salyers is also a writer, performer, and lecturer. She serves on advisory groups for several current documentary projects, and has taught in CDS’s continuing education program for more than a decade. joysalyers.com



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ST101PSP20
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Salyers 4/9 - 5/28 Th 06:15 PM - 08:45 PM $328.00 View

Introduction to Documentary Studies: Traditions (Online)
 



This course is designed for students in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program or those who plan to enroll; it’s also suited to non-certificate students with a general interest in interdisciplinary traditions of documentary work, with an emphasis on twentieth-century practice. Students will be introduced to a range of documentary idioms and voices, including the work of photographers, filmmakers, oral historians, folklorists, musicologists, radio documentarians, and writers. (16 hours/All levels)


Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.


Joy Salyers is a folklorist and a professional adviser on ethical and effective practice for individuals, organizations, and projects. She helps clients place an honest and compassionate assessment of themselves into the context of the systems within which they work. Salyers is also a writer, performer, and lecturer. She serves on advisory groups for several current documentary projects, and has taught in CDS’s continuing education program for more than a decade. joysalyers.com



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ST101ToSP20B
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Salyers 5/23 - 5/31 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM $295.00 View