Course in Documentary Studies

Top Courses in Documentary Studies

Paths to career or professional development often rely on courses for support. A course offers an in-depth look at a subject of choice and can range in duration from a few weeks of work to more lengthy commitments.

What is a course in documentary studies? A course in documentary studies will cover the various documentary mediums. Lessons often include instruction in photography, writing, audio or visual documentations such as filmmaking or interviewing, and performance. Scholars are often required to explore specific issues related to the community or individuals and chronicle their discoveries through a variety of documentation techniques. Courses might also include specifics on technical equipment, lighting, sounds, promotions, and ethics.

Those with training in documentary studies are highly organized and focused on problem-solving. Their skillset often allows them to move freely between diverse individuals and establish connections that are good for negotiating and compromise. They are commonly excellent communicators, respecting privacy and honoring commitments. These skills create exceptional employees in a wide range of disciplines.

Documentary studies is traditionally offered in brick-and-mortar institutions, with the costs of attending varying by institution. Often these studies require additional equipment, and the student might be responsible for fees to purchase or lease the necessary supplies. The school of interest will provide a list of financial requirements.

Training in documentary studies can open doors in a variety of career fields.  Many associate documentary students start with film production, but production researcher, television coordinator, film presenter, and television or video director are also possible job opportunities. Public relations liaison, marketing director, event planner or coordinator, archivist, and advertising art director provide additional employment fields for students. More skilled jobs such as camera operator or lighting and effects coordinator also fall into the category of documentary studies.

Engaging in the creative field of documentary studies is best done through a physical course offered in institutions around the world. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Documentary - Year program

Prague Film School
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Czech Republic Prague

The PFS Documentary Film Program creates professional documentary filmmakers both technically skilled in the crafts of camera, lighting, sound, and editing, and trained in the art of truthful storytelling.

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Year Program: September 6, 2019 - May 23, 2020

FIRST SEMESTER - DOCUMENTARY

In the first-semester Documentary Production course, students complete numerous shooting assignments designed to develop critical skills in documentary film language, camera technique and editing. Lectures, demonstrations, screenings, and analytical exercises provide the foundation for the fieldwork.

Topics covered include:

- Documentary camera

- Documentary editing

- Documentary writing

- Sound and sound design

- Lighting

- Camera movement

- Interviewing techniques

- Documentary themes and genres

- Research

- Documentary ethics

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DHEC scenario / production

ESRA - École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle
Campus Full time September 2019 France Paris

The Hautes Etudes Cinematic Scenario aims to train professionals capable of meeting the expectations of the program industries on all issues that affect the writing of content. During their two years of training, students learn to scénariser any type of work or audiovisual genre, whether it is film (fiction and documentary), television or media in their various formats and content specific. [+]

OBJECTIVES The Hautes Etudes Cinematic Scenario aims to train professionals capable of meeting the expectations of the program industries on all issues that affect the writing of content. During their two years of training, students learn to scénariser any type of work or audiovisual genre, whether it is film (fiction and documentary), television or media in their various formats and content specific.

At the end of their studies, students are finalizing a 90-minute fiction scenario. This work is the subject of an educational follow throughout the year and gives rise to a defense.

In this work adds a dissertation on a topic related to the training received.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Enable students who wish to make writing the main focus of their work, whether fictional scenarios in live-action or animation, documentary or cartoon scenarios, gain the necessary competence to practice the profession of writer. Allow students who intend to filmmaking master the art of storytelling and the mechanisms of playwriting while having the skills to deal with the staging, the direction of actor and filmmaking in its technical components whether the cutting of the film shooting, editing or mixing in post-production. The skills acquired during the training allow students to apply for positions in the following areas: Generalist and thematic channels of television (reader, literary direction) Sofica. finance companies (player) Production Companies ... [-]

Creative Documentary and Photojournalism by Magnum Photos & Speos

Spéos Paris-London Photographic Institute
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 France Paris

Magnum Photos and Speos Photo School are partnering to create a new and unique one-year master class for Creative Documentary & Photojournalism in Paris. [+]

The Creative Documentary & Photojournalism program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in documentary photography and/or photojournalism, in the Magnum Photos tradition of visual storytelling.

The course equips students with the historical and contextual framework required to develop and engage in critical thinking about documentary photography, as well as providing technical guidance and tutorial support to develop students’ individual documentary practice. Students have unique access to Magnum’s photographers and its experienced staff, with elements of the course taught at the Magnum Photos office in central Paris.

The formal program is delivered by Speos and its appointed teachers and supplemented by Magnum photographers and staff.... [-]


Course of documentary photography and photojournalism

GrisArt Escuela Superior de Fotografía
Campus Part time 7 months October 2018 Spain Barcelona

Communicate, excite, surprise and synthesized: these are the challenges for any photographer dedicated to communication, regardless of the medium (newspaper, journals, archives, publishers ...) and the support (paper, video, television or Internet) which published their work. [+]

Communicate, excite, surprise and synthesized: these are the challenges for any photographer dedicated to communication, regardless of the medium (newspaper, journals, archives, publishers ...) and the support (paper, video, television or Internet) which published their work. With this Course Documentary Photography and Photo Story, GrisArt enables the acquisition of theoretical, expressive, editing, critical and historical knowledge to develop this powerful overall solvency communicative resource. While focusing on key issues such as the photo essay and fotonoticia, the course delves into specific genres (travel report, anthropological, social and conflict, sports or nature), offered by various photographers specialists. Within this field, increasingly, professional specialist must be able to reinvent itself and adapt to new technologies if they do not want to be marginalized in a rapidly changing profession. To do so is to consider the following: - The photographic still image is no longer the only graphic resource. The new photographer to master and take advantage of the video, any current camera features. This implies control their narrative codes and technical possibilities. - The traditional camera is not the only tool able to provide a good result. Electronic devices, such as mobile phone, may be suitable means to resolve specific situations. The captured image can be complemented with instant editing and digital processing. - Photographers should control the quality of your images and to tackle them in order to improve its expressiveness. This required knowledge of digital processing, allowing them to act on the ground quickly and be able to disseminate their... [-]


MA Social Impact Documentary Filmmaking

Central Film School
Campus Full time 1 year October 2018 United Kingdom London

This one-year MA in documentary practice engages in creating social impact through film. It recognizes the unique role that documentaries play in society and the power of high quality storytelling. The goal is to provide graduates with the tools and the confidence to become effective members of the social impact community. [+]

This one-year MA in documentary practice engages in creating social impact through film. It recognizes the unique role that documentaries play in society and the power of high quality storytelling. The goal is to provide graduates with the tools and the confidence to become effective members of the social impact community.

The curriculum is practice led and focuses on diverse films with the potential to connect with audiences on a global level. Built around a series of distinct modules, students develop and create a major project, devise impact and engagement campaigns and pitch to an industry panel.

The course draws on an extensive network of organisations and individuals within the documentary arena due to the school’s close partnership with the Bertha Foundation, DocHouse and BritDoc.... [-]