Continuing Education Student Work

Listen: Short Audio Docs from the 2016 Hearing Is Believing Audio Institute

Listen: Short Audio Docs from the 2016 Hearing Is Believing Audio Institute

In July 2016, CDS Continuing Education held the thirteenth annual Hearing Is Believing audio institute, a weeklong, immersive audio boot camp. 25 students from around the country were guided by CDS audio program director John Biewen and visiting instructor Shea Shackelford, with presentations by guest speakers Tina Antolini, creator of the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Gravy podcast, and John […]


Enjoy! Student work from Hal Goodtree’s Night Photography class

Enjoy! Student work from Hal Goodtree's Night Photography class

Over the course of six evenings in September and October of 2016, photographer and filmmaker Hal Goodtree brought eight CDS Continuing Education students out into the streets of Durham to learn Documentary Night Photography. They learned all about shooting in low light, then reviewed their work in group sessions each week. See a slideshow of their work below. Goodtree […]


Spotlight on Student Work: Dave Morrow’s “Humans of Findlay”

Spotlight on Student Work: Dave Morrow's "Humans of Findlay"

When David Morrow started taking classes through the Continuing Education program at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) in Spring 2015, his ambitious multimedia project, Humans of Findlay, was already well underway. It has since been published as a book (so far just “Volume I”), and online as an ever-growing website. Inspired by photographer Brandon Stanton’s blog […]


Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2016 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2016 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On December 9, 2016, seven CDS Continuing Education students showed their final projects and received the Certificate in Documentary Arts. The graduation took place before an audience of friends, family, teachers, fellow students, and fans of documentary in the Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus. A reception followed in the Boiler Room outside the theater. The six […]


November 17: “East Durham Stories” From CDS’s 2016 Documentary Video Institute Screen at Durham Public Library

November 17: "East Durham Stories" From CDS's 2016 Documentary Video Institute Screen at Durham Public Library

In June 2016, the thirteenth edition of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ Documentary Video Institute, offered each summer through our Continuing Education program, once again focused on the East Durham area. Twenty-four students from across the nation were guided through a week-long course in all aspects of documentary filmmaking. Their interview subjects were a pre-selected cross-section of […]


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

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

Anytown, USA is a continuing education course at the Center for Documentary Studies developed and taught by longtime instructor Randy Benson. For its eighth season it shone a spotlight on Roseboro, North Carolina, a small town ninety miles southeast of Durham. With the help of Roseboro mayor Alice Butler, ten students traveled to Roseboro to meet […]


May 11 & 12: Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads Present Final Projects

May 11 & 12: Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads Present Final Projects

At a two-night graduation event at the Full Frame Theater, seven Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies will present their final projects to the public and receive their Certificate in Documentary Arts, having completed a structured sequence of courses. During the course, students finish a substantial documentary work—projects that often move out into the world […]


Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2015 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2015 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On Friday, December 11, 2015, six Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies presented their final projects to the public and received their Certificate in Documentary Arts. Randy Benson taught the Final Project Seminar in which four of the students honed their projects for the night’s presentation. Lindsey Phillips worked remotely with instructor Simone Keith […]


Registration Open for Spring 2016 Continuing Education Classes in the Documentary Arts

Registration Open for Spring 2016 Continuing Education Classes in the Documentary Arts

The Center for Documentary Studies offers Continuing Education classes year-round—in photography, video, audio, narrative writing, and other creative media. Registration is now open for Spring 2016 classes and workshops with a host of established, new, and online classes on offer, including a few hybrid on-site/online classes. A complete listing of all Spring 2016 courses as well as registration information […]


CDS Instructors and Alums Rake in Audio Doc Awards From Third Coast

CDS Instructors and Alums Rake in Audio Doc Awards From Third Coast

Have you heard? Four instructors and alums of the Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program have crowded the awards field in Third Coast International Audio Festival’s recent Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Out of nine overall winners, CDS instructors Lauren Spohrer and Phoebe Judge (of the popular podcast Criminal) were recognized for their piece “695BGK“ and work by alums Briana Breen […]


Listen: Student Work from the 2016 Making It Sing Audio Institute

Listen: Student Work from the 2016 Making It Sing Audio Institute

In the first week of August 2016, eleven audio producers took part in the Making It Sing audio institute at the Center for Documentary Studies. Offered through the Continuing Education program, the institute was led by CDS audio program director John Biewen, longtime visiting instructor Shea Shackelford, and guest instructor Devon Taylor, producer of Radiotopia’s […]


Listen: Short Audio Docs from the 2015 Hearing Is Believing Audio Institute

Listen: Short Audio Docs from the 2015 Hearing Is Believing Audio Institute

In July 2015, the Hearing Is Believing audio institute brought 25 students from around the country for a weeklong immersion in the art of audio documentary. The institute was led by CDS audio program director John Biewen and visiting instructor Shea Shackelford, and featured presentations by guest speaker Glynn Washington, host of NPR’s Snap Judgment, […]


Watch: “East Durham Stories,” From the 2015 Documentary Video Institute

Watch: “East Durham Stories,” From the 2015 Documentary Video Institute

2015 marked the twelfth year of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ Documentary Video Institute, offered each summer through our Continuing Education program. In early June, students in the Documentary Video Institute returned to the East Durham, North Carolina, neighborhood for the second year of a planned three-year collaboration with this dynamic and diverse part of the city. Sixteen students […]


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

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

One small town. Seven stories. Seven filmmakers. Despite popular misconceptions, the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians live in towns of 5,000 people or less. We are a state of small towns. In fact, NC has the second-most number of small towns in the country. But all is not well. The mass exodus of manufacturing abroad […]


Enjoy: Final Projects by Spring 2015 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Enjoy: Final Projects by Spring 2015 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, six Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies presented their final projects to the public and received their Certificate in Documentary Arts. Nancy Kalow taught the Final Project Seminar in which they honed their projects for the night’s presentation. The projects are below. Several students have requested their videos not […]


Register Now for CDS Summer Course: One-Week Documentary Video Institute

Register Now for CDS Summer Course: One-Week Documentary Video Institute

This summer the Center for Documentary Studies will offer its twelfth annual Documentary Video Institute, our one-week video boot camp that has turned out over two hundred full-fledged documentarians. From June 6 through June 13, with expert guidance from multiple instructors, students will learn all aspects of video production: pre-production and scouting locations, camera operation, lighting and sound, […]


May 13: Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates Present Final Projects

May 13: Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates Present Final Projects

At a graduation event at the Full Frame Theater, six Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies will present their final projects to the public and receive their Certificate in Documentary Arts, having completed a structured sequence of courses culminating with a Final Seminar taught by filmmaker and CDS instructor Nancy Kalow. During the course, students finish a […]


June 13 & 16: Free Screenings of Students’ Short Docs, “East Durham Stories”

June 13 & 16: Free Screenings of Students' Short Docs, "East Durham Stories"

Each summer, participants from around the country attend the Center for Documentary Studies‘ Documentary Video Institute, offered through CDS’s Continuing Education program, to learn to scout, shoot, and edit short documentaries on pre-selected topics. For the past two years, topics have centered on the neighborhoods of East Durham, North Carolina, resulting in a multifaceted portrait of the […]


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

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

On a Friday evening in December 2014, eleven Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies received their Certificate in Documentary Arts. Their projects encompassed all varieties of media taught at CDS: There were five videos, three audio slideshows, two writing projects, and one multimedia website. The students capped off several years of study to come together […]


Registration Open for Spring 2015 Continuing Education Classes in the Documentary Arts

Registration Open for Spring 2015 Continuing Education Classes in the Documentary Arts

The Center for Documentary Studies offers Continuing Education classes year-round—in photography, 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 2015 classes and workshops (and upcoming summer institutes), with a host of established, new, and online classes on […]


Register Now for 2015 Summer Institutes in the Documentary Arts

Register Now for 2015 Summer Institutes in the Documentary Arts

The Center for Documentary Studies is offering seven summer learning opportunities in 2015 through our Continuing Education program. These intensive Summer Institute sessions, lasting from two to eight days, are open to the general public. Their completion counts as credit toward the Certificate in Documentary Arts for those students working toward a certificate. Registration is now open for the […]


Enjoy!: Student Work from Harvey Stein’s Documentary Street Photography Workshop

Enjoy!: Student Work from Harvey Stein’s Documentary Street Photography Workshop

On September 26–28, 2014, the Center for Documentary Studies once again hosted acclaimed photographer Harvey Stein for his annual three-day Documentary Street Photography workshop, first offered through our Continuing Education program in 2012. On Friday morning Stein explained his methods for capturing the intimate, expressive portraits for which he’s become known; students then chose strategic locations […]


Listen: Student Work from the 2014 Making It Sing Audio Institute

Listen: Student Work from the 2014 Making It Sing Audio Institute

This summer, nine producers from across the country came to the Center for Documentary Studies for the Making It Sing Audio Institute, an intensive annual weeklong course offered through our Continuing Education program. Open to audio producers of all levels of experience, from beginners to accomplished industry professionals, the workshop helps them boil down their […]


Listen: “East Durham/Cleveland Holloway Stories” from the 2014 Hearing Is Believing Audio Institute

Listen: "East Durham/Cleveland Holloway Stories" from the 2014 Hearing Is Believing Audio Institute

At the Center for Documentary Studies‘ twelfth annual introductory audio institute, Hearing is Believing, offered each summer through our Continuing Education program, eighteen students came from around the world to learn the art of audio storytelling. Under the tutelage of CDS audio program director John Biewen and visiting instructor Shea Shackelford, with guest lecturers Lulu Miller of NPR and John Barth […]