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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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7 Results in Documentary Studies

GrisArt Escuela Superior de Fotografía

Communicate, excite, surprise and synthesized: these are the challenges for any photographer dedicated to communication, regardless of the medium (newspaper, journals, ar ... [+]

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... [-]

Spain Barcelona
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Part-time
7 months
Campus
Central Film School

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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

United Kingdom London
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Full-time
1 year
Campus
Prague Film School

The PFS Documentary Film Program creates professional documentary filmmakers both technically skilled in the crafts of camera, lighting, sound, and editing, and trained i ... [+]

Year Program: Sept. 2020 - May 2021

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

By crewing on each others’ assignments, students gain extensive skills in directing, producing, shooting, and recording sound. Rigorous critiques are a vital component of the course. In addition to these exercises, each student produces and directs a 5-minute documentary short film on a subject of their choice. Students also crew on each other's projects.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
Open Enrollment
Full-time
1 year
Campus
FAMU Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

The documentary and non-fiction directing course are built on the system of mentor-led workshops providing small groups of students (six or less) intensive guidance on ho ... [+]

Less than a week to apply for 2019/2020. Please see the course website to apply!

The One-year Program offers an intensive hands-on experience and academic disciplines with mentorship enabling the student to complete several artworks by the end of the academic year. The program works well to prepare students for studies in a particular discipline.

The course gives you intensive experience without the need for a longer commitment. The course helps you improve your skillset and portfolio to apply confidently for degree studies at the top institutions in the field (including degree programs at FAMU).

The production of all scheduled practical exercises and the final film is included in the price of tuition.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
September 2020
Full-time
1 - 1 find your juris doctor
Campus
OTOXO Productions

We know that short docs have a big future in the online world, and that they offer filmmakers a great way to enter the world of audiovisuals. So, every summer, we give a ... [+]

Introduction

We know that short docs have a big future in the online world and that they offer filmmakers a great way to enter the world of audiovisuals. So, every summer, we give a group of individuals the opportunity to co-direct a series of social & cultural documentary shorts with OTOXO Productions. Simultaneously, participants receive an intensive month-long training course on the theory and practice behind the process. The shorts are commissioned by Barcelona’s leading social and cultural newspaper – BCN Mes, and screened on their website.

INto INdustry Programme - Promo from OTOXO Productions on Vimeo.

The Productions

Every July, 12 selected participants co-direct a series of three-minute documentaries with OTOXO Productions. Each production has the OTOXO Productions name on it and is published by Barcelona’s leading cultural magazine BCN MÉS. For these reasons alone we demand the highest quality of work from our participants and provide them with the highest quality of training to ensure it.... [-]

Spain Barcelona
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Full-time
1 month
Campus
OTOXO Productions

Each year, twelve individuals are given the opportunity to co-direct a 30 minute documentary with OTOXO Productions to be screened on BTV. Simultaneously, participants ar ... [+]

Introduction

Each year, twelve individuals are given the opportunity to co-direct a 30 minute documentary with OTOXO Productions to be screened on BTV. Simultaneously, participants are provided with an intensive six-month training course covering all elements of documentary studies and production. Following this, the participants are given three months of training focused on becoming film industry professionals, while at the same time they follow these steps and become film industry professionals in their own right.

INto INdustry Programme - Promo from OTOXO Productions on Vimeo.

INto INdustry Programme - Promo from OTOXO Productions on Vimeo.

The Productions

Every year, twelve selected participants co-direct a 30 minute documentary with OTOXO Productions. Each film is a fully commissioned OTOXO Production, with our stamp on it, and is screened on Barcelona TV and is submitted to festivals worldwide. For these reasons alone we demand the highest quality of work from our participants and provide them with the highest quality of training to ensure it.... [-]

Spain Barcelona
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Full-time
1 year
Campus
ESRA - École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle

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 co ... [+]

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 ... [-]
France Paris
September 2020
French
Full-time
Campus