Student Work

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 […]


Listen: Student Work from the Spring 2015 Short Audio Documentary Class Now Available Online

Listen: Student Work from the Spring 2015 Short Audio Documentary Class Now Available Online

Forty-five audio pieces from undergraduate students in this spring’s Short Audio Documentary course, taught by CDS audio program director John Biewen, are now available online. Each student produced three short audio documentaries during the semester, choosing from a handful of predetermined themes and approaches. For the spring 2015 class, the themes of the pieces are: Race@Duke: In the spring […]


Enjoy: 2015 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates Capstone Projects

Enjoy: 2015 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates Capstone Projects

The Certificate in Documentary Studies program attracts Duke undergraduates to the Center for Documentary Studies from across the arts and sciences. Under the guidance of Alex Harris, nine seniors in the 2015 spring semester Documentary Capstone Seminar completed a final project as the culmination of their documentary studies classes. Additionally, an exhibit of the graduated seniors’ […]


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 […]


Through June 2: “Children and the Experience of Illness,” Images by Young Patients and Duke Student Mentors

Through June 2:  “Children and the Experience of Illness," Images by Young Patients and Duke Student Mentors

An exhibit of photographs made by young patients and their Duke student mentors—Children and the Experience of Illness—is on view at the Connector Gallery at the Duke Eye Center, located in the walkway between Duke Eye Center and the Albert Eye Research Institute. Children and the Experience of Illness Through June 2, 2015 Duke Eye Center 2351 Erwin […]


“Vanishing Point,” the Student-Produced Digital Documentary Magazine

"Vanishing Point," the Student-Produced Digital Documentary Magazine

Do yourself a favor and experience Vanishing Point, the acclaimed digital magazine of student documentary work “that tells stories you haven’t heard from places you know well and places you’ll discover.” Committed to amplifying voices through a variety of media, Vanishing Point is produced at the Center for Documentary Studies by Duke University students in a publishing course taught by […]


2015 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates Present Capstone Projects

On April 26, nine Duke University students graduating with a Certificate in Documentary Studies—a program that attracts undergraduates to the Center for Documentary Studies from across the arts and sciences—will present their final projects to the public and receive their certificates, followed by a celebratory BBQ. Under the guidance of Alex Harris, the students completed their final projects in a […]


2015 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates

2015 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates

The Certificate in Documentary Studies program attracts Duke undergraduates to the Center for Documentary Studies from across the arts and sciences. Under the guidance of Alex Harris, nine seniors in the 2015 spring semester Documentary Capstone Seminar completed a final project as the culmination of their documentary studies classes. On April 26, the students will […]


CDS Announces Undergraduate Summer School Classes

CDS Announces Undergraduate Summer School Classes

The Center for Documentary Studies is sponsoring four summer school classes for Duke University undergraduates, see below, in addition to a number of other summer courses cross-listed with Documentary Studies (DOCST). (The classes are also open to high school students and visiting undergrads.) Click here for more information on how to register. Scroll down for […]


MFA|EDA Class of 2016 Launches “Influences” Blog

MFA|EDA Class of 2016 Launches "Influences" Blog

In the first semester of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program at Duke, the Documentary Fieldwork seminar is taught as an opportunity for students to create a new body of documentary work, in a sense to define what they mean by documentary work through their own artistic practice. This new work—presented at the end […]


March 26: CDS Undergrad Outreach Film Series Continues With “Border Crossing 101”

March 26: CDS Undergrad Outreach Film Series Continues With "Border Crossing 101"

  The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) is presenting a four-part screening series on Duke University’s campus to raise students’ awareness of CDS, particularly first-year undergraduates. Following the screening of each documentary—Grizzly Man, Harlan County USA, The Invisible War, and Border Crossing 101—Chris White, a Duke University sophomore and the CDS undergraduate outreach coordinator, will facilitate […]


March 20: MFA|EDA Thesis Exhibition Kicks Off at the Power Plant Gallery & Boiler Room

March 20: MFA|EDA Thesis Exhibition Kicks Off at the Power Plant Gallery & Boiler Room

This spring, Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts will celebrate the successes of the class of 2015 in MFA|EDA 2015, the program’s annual thesis exhibition on view from March 20–April 18. Following a kickoff event, the monthlong show continues at sites across Duke’s campus and downtown Durham. MFA|EDA 2015 Kickoff Event Friday, March 20, 5–8 […]


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 […]


Triangle-Area Undergrads: Apply During February 2015 for Student Documentary Awards

Triangle-Area Undergrads: Apply During February 2015 for Student Documentary Awards

Established in 1990 by the Center for Documentary Studies, the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards go to undergraduates attending North Carolina’s Triangle-area universities to help them conduct intensive summer-long documentary fieldwork projects, for which they receive up to $2,000. The awards are named for revered scholar John Hope Franklin, the late professor emeritus of history at Duke […]


January 31: Application DL for Fall Admission to Duke’s MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts Program

January 31: Application DL for Fall Admission to Duke's MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts Program

Duke University welcomes applications for Fall 2015 to its MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFA|EDA), a groundbreaking interdisciplinary arts program that seeks applicants from across the arts spectrum, whether based in traditional fine arts such as painting, sculpture, documentary arts, writing, photography, and film, or so-called experimental practice such as computational and new media, sound work, performance, […]


Register Now for “Women With a Movie Camera,” a New CDS Continuing Ed Class

Register Now for "Women With a Movie Camera," a New CDS Continuing Ed Class

Of all the film genres, documentary is the one in which women have achieved the greatest success as directors, editors, producers, writers, and gatekeepers. Is there such thing as a “female gaze”? Does gender matter? Join instructor Danielle Beverly in a new survey class from the Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program, Women With a Movie Camera, […]


“From the World to Lynn: Stories of Immigration”: A Multimedia Exhibit at CDS

"From the World to Lynn: Stories of Immigration": A Multimedia Exhibit at CDS

A multimedia exhibit featuring the work of Andrea Patiño Contreras, is now on view at the Center for Documentary Studies. Composed of black-and-white photographs, audio oral histories, and an interactive website, From the World to Lynn: Stories of Immigration is the product of an independent project Contreras undertook while in Massachusetts as a CDS  Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow to help her better understand the […]


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 […]