Continuing Education Student Work

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 […]


Watch: “East Durham/Cleveland-Holloway Stories,” from the 2014 Documentary Video Institute

Watch: "East Durham/Cleveland-Holloway Stories," from the 2014 Documentary Video Institute

2014 marked the eleventh year of the CDS Documentary Video Institute, offered each summer through the Continuing Education program at the Center for Documentary Studies. In response to strong demand it drew twenty-eight students—up from the usual twenty-four—for an intense week of “boot camp”–style doc training. In one week, they went from setting up interviews to showing their work […]


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 […]


Online Workshops and Courses in the Documentary Arts

Online Workshops and Courses in the Documentary Arts

The Center for Documentary Studies is offering a growing roster of online classes through our Continuing Education program. Many classes—which meet at scheduled times via video conferencing—also involve a blog or discussion forum where students can contribute, ask questions, and solicit feedback between sessions. (We’ve also instituted a distance track for the Certificate in Documentary […]


Register Now! The Art of Documentary Photography and Writing the Documentary Script

Register Now! The Art of Documentary Photography and Writing the Documentary Script

  Spaces remain in several upcoming Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education classes. For more information, and to register, click the class links below; classes are held at CDS. Writing the Documentary Script (Joshua Dasal) Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. To create a documentary that’s coherent in post-production, you need a coherent pre-production process. One of […]


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 […]


View/Listen: Final Projects from Fall 2013 Continuing Education Certificate Recipients

Jim Adams | Gaining Balance | Audio Jim Adams’ audio project was born out of his struggle to make sense of a deep personal loss. The piece was created from interviews with his brother,  father, and his own audio journals. Adams grew up in a small town in Indiana, and studied at the University of Indianapolis and Purdue University. […]


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 […]


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

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

On September 27-29, the Center for Documentary Studies hosted renowned photographer Harvey Stein for a repeat performance of his popular three-day Documentary Street Photography workshop, first offered through our Continuing Education program in 2012. Again, Stein explained his approach, describing a set of very specific aesthetic and interpersonal methods for capturing glowing, revealing portraits of complete […]


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 […]


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 […]


Join the CDS Meet-Up Group to Discuss “Documenting Your Documentary,” June 24

Join the CDS Meet-Up Group to Discuss "Documenting Your Documentary," June 24

At the next CDS Meet-Up Group, Leanora Minai will cover using a journalistic approach through field reporting to share progress on documentary projects and pique community interest. Leanora will provide examples from her Certificate in Documentary Arts project—her short documentary The Mothers—as well as an overview of various digital platforms (website, social media, etc.) and strategies […]


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 […]


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 […]


One-Night Only Screening of Acclaimed “Granny’s Got Game” in Raleigh, NC, May 20

One-Night Only Screening of Acclaimed "Granny's Got Game" in Raleigh, NC, May 20

First-time filmmaker Angela Alford has been garnering lots of praise (ESPN.com and Huffington Post, among many other admirers) for the documentary that she started as her final project in our Certificate in Documentary Arts program. Granny’s Got Game follows a senior women’s basketball team in North Carolina—seven fiercely competitive women in their seventies who battle physical limitations and skepticism to keep […]


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, […]


Register Now for Summer Course: One-Week Doc Filmmaking Boot Camp

This summer CDS will offer its tenth annual Documentary Video Institute, our one-week video boot camp that has turned out over two hundred full-fledged documentarians. From June 15 through June 22, with expert guidance from multiple instructors, students will learn all aspects of video production: pre-production and scouting locations, camera operation, lighting and sound, editing […]