Documenting in the present tense has never been easier. MDOCS connects today's student documentarians to storytelling traditions, practices, and skills that will help shape the future.
Students can imagine taking a documentary writing course to shape a capstone paper into a compelling story, then workshopping over the summer with a documentarian to prepare that story for a public audience. Faculty may tease out the story at the heart of an academic book or article. Will the story work best as a short film? Broadcast as a radio interview? Exhibited at city hall? Published as a photo essay online? Whatever discipline, whatever method, whatever story needs telling—personal, local, national, global—MDOCS can provide resources and tools to translate idea to a documentary project, and to integrate classroom and fieldwork.
In its approach to documentary storytelling, MDOCS
- integrates liberal arts questions and analysis with documentary fieldwork and production
- fosters partnerships connecting individual academic and artistic learning and expression with attention to community goals
- offers instruction in documentary skills in audio, film/video, photography, and narrative writing
- explores the history and contemporary expression of documentary traditions, practices, and values
- encourages students to experiment with different documentary media
- builds on traditional tools of oral, written, and visual presentation
- supports documentary programming across campus