Continuing Education Courses

Watch: “Anytown USA” Student Video Projects on Liberty, North Carolina

Watch: "Anytown USA" Student Video Projects on Liberty, North Carolina

Anytown, USA is a class offered once a year through the Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program, in which students produce and edit short videos related to a small town in North Carolina. Developed by longtime CDS instructor Randy Benson, previous Anytown courses focused on the towns of Pittsboro, Bladenboro, Smithfield, Star, and Scotland […]


Enjoy: Final Projects by Spring 2014 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Enjoy: Final Projects by Spring 2014 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On the evening of April 25th, six Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education students received their Certificates in the Documentary Arts at the Full Frame Theater. The presented work included four videos, one audio piece, and one dramatic reading with multimedia accompaniment. Their projects reflected many years of study at the Center, culminating in the Final […]


Upcoming Classes Explore Audio Documentary and Writing Memoir

Upcoming Classes Explore  Audio Documentary and Writing Memoir

Spaces remain in three Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education classes. For more information, and to register, click the class links below. Other than One Voice, which will be held online, classes are at CDS; for directions, click here. One Voice: Constructing a Narrative (Phoebe Judge) Wednesdays, March 5–April 9, 7–9 p.m. NOTE: This is an online class. […]


Upcoming Continuing Education Classes: Toy Camera and Hindenburg Workshops

Upcoming Continuing Education Classes: Toy Camera and Hindenburg Workshops

Spaces remain in two unique CDS Continuing Education workshops. For more information, and to register, click the class links below; classes are held at the Center for Documentary Studies: Toy Camera Workshop (Bryce Lankard) Saturdays, March 1 & 8, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mondays, March 3 & 10, from 7–9 p.m. Toy cameras are simple and […]


Apply Now for Upcoming Weekend Workshops: Sonic ID and DSLR Video

Apply Now for Upcoming Weekend Workshops: Sonic ID and DSLR Video

The Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program offers a full range of multi-week courses, weekend workshops, online courses, and summer institutes. These two classes are starting soon and filling up fast. For more information on the classes and instructors, and to register, click the class links below; classes are held at the Center for Documentary Studies: Sonic […]


Register Now for Upcoming Continuing Ed Classes in the Documentary Arts

Register Now for Upcoming Continuing Ed Classes in the Documentary Arts

The Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program offers a full range of multi-week courses, weekend workshops, online courses, and summer institutes. The upcoming spring classes are filling up fast! For more information on the classes and instructors, and to register, click the class links below: Documentary and the Three-Act Structure (also offered online) (Joshua Dasal) Saturday, February […]


View Student Photos from “The Enduring Image: Defining Your Personal Style and Vision”

View Student Photos from "The Enduring Image: Defining Your Personal Style and Vision"

Students in a recent online photography course offered through the Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program, “The Enduring Image: Defining Your Personal Style and Vision,” created a twelve- to twenty-image portfolio that embodies the student’s singular vision. Scroll down for a slideshow of selected images. Instructor Bryce Lankard writes: “The goal of the course […]


Final Project Presentations by Fall 2013 Certificate in Documentary Arts Students, December 12

Final Project Presentations by Fall 2013 Certificate in Documentary Arts Students, December 12

People of all ages and backgrounds enroll in the Continuing Education program at the Center for Documentary Studies. Some choose to pursue a Certificate in Documentary Arts, which culminates in a substantial documentary project—photography, film and video, audio, multimedia, and writing works. Six students in the Fall 2013 Final Seminar in Documentary Studies, taught by filmmaker and longtime CDS instructor […]


Registration Opens for Spring/Summer 2014 Continuing Education Classes in the Documentary Arts

The Center for Documentary Studies offers Continuing Education classes year-round—in photography, film/video, audio, narrative writing, and other creative media—for adults who are interested in learning or continuing to do their own documentary work. Registration is now open for spring 2014 classes and workshops and summer institutes, with a host of established, new, and online classes […]


Spotlight on Upcoming Continuing Education Class: Two-Weekend “Audio Slideshows” Workshop

Spotlight on Upcoming Continuing Education Class: Two-Weekend "Audio Slideshows" Workshop

Register now for the two-weekend “Audio Slideshows” class offered through our Continuing Education program. Students will learn best practices for gathering original audio and taking compelling photographs in order to construct a 5- to 6-minute audio slideshow. With instructors Phoebe Judge and Indaia Whitcombe, the class will examine collaborations between photographers and audio producers, as […]


Upcoming Continuing Ed Classes: Intros to Video Field Production, Video Editing, and Audio Documentary

These upcoming classes offered by our Continuing Education program are filling up! For more information on the classes and instructors, and to register, click the class links: Introduction to Documentary Video Field Production (Simone Keith) 
Mondays, September 16 to November 4, 6:30–9 p.m. Learn how to plan and organize a project, choose the best location […]


CDS Continuing Ed Information Session, September 9

CDS Continuing Ed Information Session, September 9

Prospective and current students are welcome to this information session on CDS Continuing Education classes in the documentary arts—photography, video, audio, writing, multimedia, and special topics. Continuing Ed program director April Walton and other CDS staff will answer questions, provide recommendations and advice, and discuss the Certificate in Documentary Arts program. There will be a brief presentation on documentary […]


CDS Alums Rake in Audio Docs Awards with “Blackbird Pot Pie” and Other Savory Stories

CDS Alums Rake in Audio Docs Awards with "Blackbird Pot Pie" and Other Savory Stories

Have you heard? Three Center for Documentary Studies summer audio institute alums crowded the awards field in the Third Coast International Audio Festival’s recent ShortDocs Challenge. Out of five overall winners, Mary T. Diorio Schilling walked off with the first-ever People’s Choice honors for Blackbird Pot Pie: Not the Pie Umami Made, and Alix Blair […]


Registration Open For Fall 2013 Continuing Education Classes in the Documentary Arts

Registration Open For Fall 2013 Continuing Education Classes in the Documentary Arts

CDS offers Continuing Education classes in photography, film/video, audio, narrative writing, and other creative media for adults who are interested in learning or continuing to do their own documentary work. Registration is now open for fall 2013, with a number of established and new classes on offer (some online), including The Audio Postcard; Introduction to iPhoneography; Writing […]


Listen: Short Food-Themed Docs from Our 2013 Summer Audio Institute

Listen: Short Food-Themed Docs from Our 2013 Summer Audio Institute

Our eleventh annual introductory summer audio institute, Hearing is Believing, wrapped up on July 20 with a celebratory listening event here at the Center for Documentary Studies. Fifteen short documentaries were produced by a record twenty-six participants, who came to Durham from across the country. During the intensive seven-day course, offered through our Continuing Education […]


Watch: Final Projects by Documentary Video Institute Students Cover the Local Food Scene

Watch: Final Projects by Documentary Video Institute Students Cover the Local Food Scene

In the 2013 version of our Documentary Video Institute, offered every summer through our Continuing Education program, each student produced a video on the local food scene—that year’s theme. At this perenially-popular one-week video boot camp, students learn all aspects of documentary filmmaking: pre-production and scouting locations, camera operation, lighting and sound, editing and post-production, and finally, […]


Final Projects: Spring 2013 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Eleven students in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program at the Center for Documentary Studies presented their final projects to the public and received their certificates at an event in May, followed by a reception at CDS. Offered through our Continuing Education program, the certificate program culminates in a Final Seminar in Documentary Studies, in which students finish and […]


Documentary Video Institute Students to Screen Food-Themed Films on June 22

Documentary Video Institute Students to Screen Food-Themed Films on June 22

Students in the annual Documentary Video Institute, offered every summer through our Continuing Education program, will be screening their short films at the new Full Frame Theater in downtown Durham.; this year’s theme—food. Saturday, June 22, 10:30 a.m. Full Frame Theater, Power Plant building American Tobacco Campus 320 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina Directions The perenially-popular one-week […]


Watch: “Anytown, USA” Student Videos on Scotland Neck, North Carolina

Watch: "Anytown, USA" Student Videos on Scotland Neck, North Carolina

Anytown, USA is a class at the Center for Documentary Studies offered annually through our Continuing Education program, in which students produce and edit videos related to a small town in North Carolina. This year’s class, taught by filmmaker Randolph Benson, focused on the town of Scotland Neck, and each of the students created a short […]


Register Now: Second Session Added for “Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies”

Register Now: Second Session Added for "Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies"

Due to demand, our Continuing Education program  is offering a second session of the Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies course this summer. This intensive, weeklong class—led by oral historian and folklorist Michelle Lanier—fulfills the introductory course requirement for a Certificate in Documentary Arts, but is also ideal for those who simply want to learn the basic history and […]


Screenings of Student Documentary Video Projects From Scotland Neck, North Carolina, May 24

Screenings of Student Documentary Video Projects From Scotland Neck, North Carolina, May 24

Anytown, USA is a class at the Center for Documentary Studies offered annually through our Continuing Education program, in which students produce and edit videos related to a small town in North Carolina. This year’s class, taught by filmmaker Randolph Benson, focused on the town of Scotland Neck, and each of the eleven students created a […]


Spring 2013 Certificate in Documentary Arts Students Present Final Projects on Friday, May 17

Eleven continuing education students in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program at the Center for Documentary Studies will present their final projects to the public and receive their certificates. A reception will follow at the Center for Documentary Studies. The students and their projects are described below. Certificate in Documentary Arts Project Presentations Friday, May 17, […]


Upcoming Continuing Ed Classes Explore Copyright, Animation, and Creative Nonfiction

Upcoming Continuing Ed Classes Explore Copyright, Animation, and Creative Nonfiction

Check out these three great offerings from our Continuing Education program—one- and two-day workshops and an online class: Copyright Issues for Documentarians Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Copyright is an increasingly important—and sometimes treacherous—subject for documentarians, who are both owners and users of copyrighted works. Learn about issues of copyright, fair use, and how the law […]


Upcoming One-Day Workshops: Wet Plate Processing and Documentary and the Three-Act Structure

Upcoming One-Day Workshops: Wet Plate Processing and Documentary and the Three-Act Structure

We’re pleased to offer these upcoming one-day CDS Continuing Education classes, one of which an online course. Alternative Processing: Wet Plate Workshop  Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.  Center for Documentary Studies / 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina Wet plate processing is a beautiful, antique photographic process practiced in the nineteenth century by […]