CampusDoc – English

For whom

Are you a highly-motivated Journalism, Media Studies, or Film Making student with the ambition to become a renowned documentary film maker? Then apply to our exclusive CampusDoc International Minor programme and join the selective international club of CampusDoc alumni.

During one semester, you’ll learn to produce, distribute and sell your own 20-minute journalistic documentary. This is a very intensive programme, you can expect to work long hours and to tight deadlines. But the reward is there: past CampusDoc productions have been screened at festivals around the globe. A thorough selection process is part of the application.

The documentaries are produced in teams of two. You must be dedicated, hard-working, and able to commit themselves full-time to a project they believe in.

Entry requirements

CampusDoc is meant for talented students interested in video storytelling who want to delve deeper into issues they care about, as well as develop their visual storytelling skills beyond what is required in standard broadcast journalism.

To apply for the programme, you need not only to have attained English language skills at CEFR level B2, but also:

  • To be an advanced student in Journalism, Media Studies, or Film Making
  • Existing journalism/video skills – either through education or through work
  • Proven interest in documentary film making

To prove this, you must show a number of things:

  • A pitch in which you present your plan for the documentary
  • A motivation letter and CV
  • A video showreel

If you indicate this minor as your first preference, then let the minor coordinator Brian Maston know (brian.maston@hu.nl). He will further inform you about what exactly is expected of you.
The first pitch round is April 1, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.. A second date in May will follow.

Content

CampusDoc is a highly selective minor at the Utrecht School of Journalism. In 20 weeks, you will learn to produce, distribute, and sell your own 20-minute journalistic documentary. HU operates this programme in collaboration with various international partners, including the City University of New York (CUNY), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). The course includes a study trip to one of these partner institutes.

The minor includes:

  • Introduction to storytelling and narrative strategies.
  • Advanced filming, editing and post-production.
  • Producing an extended production sheet and shooting script based on real-world research.
  • Launching a real crowdfunding campaign to finance your doc.
  • Delivering a package of (promotional) artwork, a trailer and a 20-minute video documentary.
  • Developing an international distribution plan.
  • Insight into intellectual property and royalties.
  • Insight into film festival culture and personal branding.

Learning objectives

Our goals are ambitious and the course is an intense pressure-cooker period of long hours and demanding deadlines.

CampusDoc covers all aspects of the documentary filmmaking process; we are unique among other documentary programmes in that we combine hands-on coaching and theories on film analysis and script-writing with tutorials from editors, researchers, filmmakers, as well as producers, entertainment lawyers and distributors. The goal is for participants to get their work seen and go on to make new work long after having completed CampusDoc.

Courses

The programme contains the following:

Title Activities ECTS
Pre-production Preparation, research, script development 5
Production Filming & editing your documentary 10
Post-production Colour grading, sound design, artwork, 1’00” trailer 10
Distribution Plan Crowdfunding, e-commerce-global market film festivals 5

Assessment

A. Your production plan and shooting script are assessed by at least two leading supervisors.

B. Your documentary is assessed by at least two leading supervisors and based on technical quality, pacing, depth, and story structure.

C. Your distribution plan is assessed by at least two leading supervisors as well as external market partners.

Literature

The minor will be taught using the following literature. Before the start of the course you will receive/be issued the final reading list.

  • Directing the Documentary, Michael Rabiger: 6th edition 2015
  • Voice & Vision, Mick Hurbis-Cherrier: 2018

Schedule

This programme takes place in period A/B; it starts in September.

Courses take place five days a week, usually starting at 13:00, and continuing into the evening.

Additional costs

For the study trip to one of our partner institutes (City University of New York, Cork Institute of Technology or Manchester Metropolitan University), you’ll need a travel budget of €1,500 – 1,800.