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Audio training on the CDS porch. Photo by Alexa Dilworth.

About the Certificate

The Certificate in Documentary Studies at Duke University is a program of undergraduate study at the Center for Documentary Studies involving community-based research and fieldwork. Working in one or more documentary mediums—photography, filmmaking, writing, audio, performance, among others—students explore a particular issue, community, family, or individual. Completion of a minimum of six courses and a documentary project that each student exhibits, presents, publishes, or otherwise disseminates to the public is required.

The program includes introductory courses in documentary mediums, special topics courses, and cross-listed courses in other departments. All coursework is intended to guide students toward completion of their final documentary projects.