The Advanced Audio, Photography, and Video Projects courses provide documentary artists with the opportunity to work with award-winning professionals in small group settings. Each term, CDS invites three established artists to teach the Advanced Projects Seminars, which are designed for individuals who are working on projects and are seeking creative guidance. This is an opportunity for students in the certificate program to refine their work before applying for the Final Seminar. Participants are required to share excerpts from their works-in-progress, and the courses are designed around the specific needs of participants.Different artists will teach the seminars each term, giving students the opportunity to hear multiple perspectives on their work. Students may take the course for credit more than once. This is also an ideal course for students who have completed the Certificate in Documentary Arts and are looking for professional advice to move forward in their careers, including information on finding resources (grants, fellowships, artist residencies) to support their work. Certificate students are required to take a seminar in their chosen concentration before enrolling in the Final Project Seminar. (12 hours/Advanced)Aaron Smithers is a folklorist living in Carrboro. He was chief audio engineer for the Austin Music Network before continuing his studies in folklore at UNC–Chapel Hill. Since 2002, he has worked as an engineer and archivist on numerous digitization projects at the Southern Folklife Collection, and currently serves as assistant to the curator. He is the music editor for Southern Cultures, the journal for the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC.
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Continuing Education, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, 1317 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham, NC 27705
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