- Principles of Documentary
- Storytelling Toolklt
- Topics in Documentary Studies
- Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Practicum
- Projects, Workshops & Add-ons
- Independent Studies & Internships
Principles of Documentary (DS 201)
Eileen McAdam (Sound & Story of the Hudson Valley) hosts Jay Kernis
(CBS) in Principles of Documentary, Spring 2015.
DS 201: This 200-level 3-credit course is the gateway to the Documentary Studies Collaborative. This course introduces local, national and global documentary traditions in film, sound, photography and exhibition, through readings, screenings, classroom discussion, and engagement with practitioners. Students will engage with theoretical and practical issues related to documentary work, including critical analysis of existing work and of the distinct ethical and aesthetic concerns associated with developing and telling stories that matter. The course emphasizes how the narrative, analytical, and structural frames of audio, visual and written media shape the work, its audience and impact. Rather than focusing on the production of a documentary in any one form, students get a hands-on experience of various media and an overview of technical aspects to help them prepare for extended work in one or more documentary media.
Storytelling Toolkit (DS 110-116)
Documentary Skills courses will prepare students for documentary fieldwork within a given documentary tradition or medium, as well as serve students interested in production for feature and creative work. Although it is recommended that students take Principles of Documentary to prepare for these courses, there is no prerequisite. Rather, it is expected that students complement or build from work done in either Principles of Documentary or other coursework.
Storytelling Toolkit courses are 1-2 credit workshop classes that teach the nuts and bolts of media production. These courses will serve students whether they are interested in working on evidence-based or purely creative projects. Such classes include:
DS 110 A or B - Storytelling Toolkit: Video
DS 111 A or B - Storytelling Toolkit: Audio
DS 112 A or B - Storytelling Toolkit: Photography
DS 113 A or B - Storytelling Toolkit: Interviewing
DS 114 A or B - Storytelling Toolkit: Exhibition
DS 115 A or B - Storytelling Toolkit: Web Design
DS 116 A or B - Storytelling Toolkit: Topics
Topics in Documentary Studies
AHDS 324 - The Artist Interview (3 credits)
An exploration of the artist interview as a form of original art historical research. Students will learn how oral histories can function in a museum collection archive. Working in teams, students will closely examine and research artworks in the Tang Museum collection, prepare questions for the artists, and create videotaped interviews. Students will learn different methodological approaches to the interview and consider such questions as: how does editing play a role in making meaning; who defines the meaning of an artwork; and is the artist always the best source about his or her own work? Prerequisites/ Corequisites one art history course. I. Berry
DS 371 - Independent Study in Documentary Studies (1-4 credits)
DS 251/351 - Topics in Documentary Studies
MDOCS has topics courses at the 200- and 300 levels (DS 251 and 351). These 3-4 credit courses are meant to develop documentary skills, students may work on projects developed by the course instructor and storyboard rather than workshop independent projects. Courses may be taught by the director, MDOCS staff, Skidmore faculty, professional documentarians, and Mellon Fellows.
In addition, MDOCS identifies courses with documentary assignments within departments and offers or supports stand-alone 1- or 2-credit workshops to complement the Skills in Documentary courses. Students in such experiences may advance an existing project developed in DS or in another discipline (Video Projects) or focus on interviewing technique, design an exhibition, or curate a film series, for example.
An opportunity for qualified students to pursue independent study or research in Documentary Studies under the supervision of an appropriate faculty member. The written study proposal must be approved by the MDOCS Director. Prerequisites/ Corequisites Previous study related to the area of the internship experience. The Faculty