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… Read more

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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ESRA
Paris, France

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 ... +

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. -
Courses
Full-time
French
Campus
 
Prague Film School
Prague, Czech Republic

Documentary film is a powerful tool to communicate truths about the world we live in, the people we live with and the forces that mediate both of the above. Documentaries have ... +

Documentary film is a powerful tool to communicate truths about the world we live in, the people we live with and the forces that mediate both of the above. Documentaries have great potential to inspire action and generate awareness. For the creatively vigilant, the discipline offers an immensely rewarding vocation. -
Courses
Full-time
English
Campus
 
OTOXO Productions
Barcelona, Spain

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 pro ... +

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, whilst at the same time they follow these steps and become film industry professionals in their own right. -
Courses
Full-time
English
Campus
 
FAMU Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
Prague, Czech Republic

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 how to ... +

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 how to transform a creative idea into a fully realized short film. -
Courses
Full-time
September 2020
Campus
 
GrisArt Escuela Superior de Fotografía
Barcelona, Spain

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

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. -
Courses
Part-time
7 months
Campus
 
Central Film School
London, United Kingdom

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 ... +

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. -
Courses
Full-time
English
Campus
 
OTOXO Productions
Barcelona, Spain

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 ... +

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. -
Courses
Full-time
English
Campus