CampusDoc International

Are you a highly-motivated Journalism, Media Studies, or Film Making student with the ambition to become an internationally 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 will 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.

Useful to know

Start date September
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor - advanced
Programme code JM-CAMPDOCEN-18
Language of instruction English
Year of study Year 3 or 4
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

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. That’s the basis of CampusDoc, a course 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 partners; you will need a travel budget of € 1,500 - 1,800.

CampusDoc is a semester-long immersive course that covers all facets of documentary-making; from pitching and developing your unique story, to shooting, professional editing, and distribution. Documentaries produced during CampusDoc have screened at festivals around the world, including Lisbon, Seattle, Rome, Manchester, Cork, Portland, Ottawa, Doha, Antwerp and of course around The Netherlands.

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 (field) 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.

This programme is incomparable to other practical or academic courses. It is hands-on, coached by the best professors of practice in Europe and former CampusDoc students (all successful video journalists) and organised in a large professional alumni network: The CampusDoc "gang".

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator, Brian Maston or the international officer of the HU School of Journalism, Carien Touwen.

The programme takes place during one semester and contains the following:

Title

Activities

ECTS

Pre-production

Research, production-sheet, shooting script

5

Production

Shooting your documentary

10

Post-production

Editing, artwork, trailer, colour correction and sound grading

10

Distribution plan


5


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 they have completed CampusDoc.

Professional Attitude – you will develop social and mental skills necessary to be successful as an independent documentary filmmaker.

Professional Skills – you will deliver work equal to industry standards for regional, national or international distribution. A production is successful only when an external party is prepared to show, broadcast, publish or buy it.

Innovation – you will learn to pitch, research, finance, and produce your documentary with the goal of (international) distribution. During the course, you will experiment with innovative approaches to financing, promotion and distribution.

International Distribution – you learn to produce for an international market, and employ international aesthetic styles, and marketing techniques. Participants are required to think and act globally from day 1.

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:

  • To be an advanced student in Journalism, Media Studies, or Film Making.
  • Existing journalism/video skills either through education or work
    (at least two years of studies completed successfully, professional experience is a plus)
  • Proven interest in documentary filmmaking.

Please note: this programme has a selection procedure.

TOEFL score 550 paper based or 213 computer based or 80 Internet based or IELTS score 6,5, or any other proof of proficiency in English supported by your institute.

Applicants must submit the application form including required documents (e.g. motivation letter, CV) and a documentary proposal.

The documentary proposal for the 20-minute video documentary meets the following criteria:

    1. Social relevance
    2. Originality
    3. Feasibility – i.e. realistic production time and budget

You should also be prepared to pitch your story in a short Skype appointment as part of the selection procedure (you will be invited by the lecturers).

Please submit all the required documents to the course lecturers, Brian Maston (brian.maston@hu.nl and John Driedonks (john.driedonks@hu.nlbefore 15 April.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of their motivation, level of video skills and experience, and the quality of their documentary proposal. You will be informed if you are accepted to the programme by 20 April.

If you are selected, you can start the enrolment at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (see International Exchange Programme page). Note: There is a 1 May deadline for this official university registration. If you miss this deadline, you cannot be admitted to the course!

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit the practical information site. Read here for more info about how to arrange housing. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

Find out how to apply

Ready for an international adventure?

Why choose hu?

  • join an elite club of documentary film makers

    This programme is unlike any other. It is practical, taught by the best professors of practice in Europe and former CampusDoc students (all successful video journalists), and organised in a large professional alumni network: The CampusDoc "gang".

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

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