Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies


This intensive, weeklong class is designed for distance students who are pursuing the Certificate in Documentary Arts and fulfills their introductory course requirement, but it is also ideal for any student wishing to get a grasp of the basic history and principles of documentary work. This course will feature a variety of guest speakers, including photographers, filmmakers, writers, and audio producers. We emphasize not only methodologies but also philosophies and ethics of fieldwork in different settings. Students will explore examples of fieldwork and at the final meeting will present project proposals of their own. These proposals may be the beginning of long-term documentary initiatives or simply a means to help decide on the direction of a future project. (38 hours)

Joy Salyers is a folklorist, writer, and anti-racism educator. She is the executive director of NC Folk Life, and the secretary of the North Carolina Folklore Society. She also consults with individuals and groups on a variety of topics—her specialties include using oral history, experiential learning, and creativity to bridge community divisions, develop identity, and combat prejudice. Salyers's personal fieldwork includes documenting life histories, writing poetry from family stories, and collaborating with members of a modern performance community.

Section A
Sunday, June 5: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Thursday, June 6–9: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, June 10: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Section B
Sunday, July 17: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Thursday, July 18–21: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, July 22: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.


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