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SOC DOC: Master's Degree in Social Documentation

SocDoc is a one-of-a-kind programme designed for future documentarians committed to social change and to documenting communities, cultures, issues, and individuals who are marginalized in our current landscape of representation. With training from professionals outstanding in their fields, students gain the skills and confidence to enter the increasingly sophisticated world of documentary production. Students train in production, creating projects on their own as well as in a group to learn what works and gain experience. Lighting, cameras, locations, subject and character choices all come into play. So do editing techniques, motion graphics and animation, trailers and websites. As important as training in equipment is training in worldview, from the ethics of documentary to perspectives of narrative, and markers of evidence. SocDoc is a laboratory of discovery for students and professors alike, as the programme searches for the best pathways to make a difference in the world through videography, photography, audio, and words.

Founded in 2005, SocDoc has a contemporary view of the documentary that sets it apart from traditional approaches. Students considering enrolment should have a clear idea of a project, a commitment to social justice and human rights, and a desire to study their subject areas in depth. The programme prepares graduates for careers in independent media, documentary, human rights work, and creative contributions to a range of fields. Soc Doc students work closely with a faculty of eminent professionals in the documentary field (production, criticism, theory), and draw from the topical and analytic expertise of scholars across the campus.

Upon completion of the programme, Master of Arts degree holders will be qualified to enter documentary-related professions such as documentary directing, producing, editing, and research. Degree holders may work within industries such as public broadcasting, the documentary film business, as independent producers, artists and journalists, with social-change organizations, or for archival centres, museums, and non-governmental organizations. Alumni may also choose to pursue a Ph.D. in a related field in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

Application deadline is 15 January 2013.

Contact: University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC), 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA; tel.: +1 831 459 3445; e-mail: socdoc@ucsc.edu; socdoc.ucsc.edu