Summer Documentary Program

Summer Documentary Program

Thank you for interest in our flagship program. We are proud to host our eighth annual Summer Documentary Program this coming summer.

June 26th – August 13th, Portland, Oregon

“The Media Institute was a transformative experience; it played a huge role as seeing myself as an activist, an intellectual and a community member.” – Rose Holdof, Macalester College ‘12

Part summer camp, part production house, Media Institute’s Summer Documentary Program is a seven-week intensive and exciting adventure.  The city serves as a hands-on laboratory as students make video documentaries about local solutions to global issues. Participants are immersed in hardcore classroom academics and hands-on production experience; a potent recipe that helps students mature their passions into practical job skills, and produce engaging, professional-quality documentaries. We work with award-winning filmmakers, radio personalities and local politicos to teach about how media projects can effectively bring about positive social change.

Program Structure

The majority of the program takes place in Portland, Oregon, with the exception of the first week when students live at a summer camp in Zig Zag, Oregon, at the base of Mt. Hood. This week is a remarkable opportunity for students to tune out the distractions of city life, immerse themselves in coursework, and meet each other.  Students attend seminars on interview styles, learn to build engaging narratives, and still have time to hike the beautiful mountain trials. The remaining seven weeks of the program are spent in the city, where students attend classes at Portland State University and work on their projects throughout Portland.

Homestays

In the past, we have been able to secure home-stays for most students. This availability is reliant on the number of hosts that volunteer their space to Media Institute. We try our best to accommodate every student with a host, and to assist with other housing options.

Tuition & Academic Credit

Program tuition is $1,850. This covers instructor and staff costs, camera expenses, classroom materials, and food and lodging during the first week at “camp.” In the past, students have been able to arrange academic credit through Portland State University, or through an independent study setup at their home-university.

Scholarships

We try to keep our tuition as low as possible, but we also provide a limited number of scholarships for students.   Once accepted, a student may apply for a a scholarship, which is awarded as a tuition-offset.  We consider all requests based on a student’s current financial aid package, and on his/her specific request.  We try to best accommodate all requests.