Study Abroad in India: Video Documentary Production and Cultural Studies

Winter Intersession 2014

This 21-day hands-on video documentary course will be based at the renowned Prasad Academy, and in and around Chennai, India, in the state of Tamil Nadu. The production component will involve collaboration between CUNY and Prasad Academy students, and include tech sessions, writing assignments, group pre-production exercises, research and development of a documentary topic, and the production and post-production of that documentary.

Students with little or no background in documentary production will learn to operate digital cameras and sound equipment, and how to structure a short documentary. All students will participate as crew members. Those with a preference for nontechnical crew positions will be able to work as writers, script supervisors, production coordinators and assistants.

Through a series of classroom lectures and screenings, students will receive a comprehensive introduction to South Indian cinema, with an emphasis on documentary. Students will also be introduced to the role media can play in community outreach efforts in both urban and rural regions. In the development of a documentary topic, the role of culture, religion and social structure will be considered. Students will learn the importance of cultural sensitivity when considering how we depict poverty, deprivation and economic development. Since we will be based in both urban and rural regions of Southern India, the concerns of urban and rural development will be integrated in all course material, field trips and lectures.

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, all majors.

Program Dates

Dec. 30, 2013 – Jan. 21, 2014

Program Fee

$3,300 (includes international airfare, health insurance, program-related transportation in India, excursions, housing and some meals). Includes $200 nonrefundable deposit.

Additional Costs

Brooklyn College tuition, personal expenses, visas, and out-of-pocket meals.

Courses and Credits

Participants will register for three credits, selecting one course from among the courses listed below. Final course offerings will be dependent on course enrollment.

  • FILM 3202 (International Documentary Production) or
  • TVRA 4849 (International Documentary Production)  or
  • TVRA 7749X (Graduate Study Abroad India: Documentary Production and Cultural Studies)

Financial Aid / Scholarships

Financial aid does apply, and alternative loans are available. Scholarships that apply to this program are: SASA, Gilman, Furman, among others. (See the Scholarship listing on the IEGE website.)

How to Apply

Application Deadline

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 Deadline extended to October 31, 2013

More Information

Professor Jay Kim (Program Director)
Department of Film
P: 718.951.5664

International Education and Global Engagement
1108 Boylan Hall
P: 718.951.5189