CampusDoc International

Programme code:  JM-CAMPDOCEN-18
Semester:   Fall
Number of ECTS:  30 
Language of instruction:  English 

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 Euros.

Profile of the programme

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 in 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 program is incomparable to other practical or academic courses. It’s hands on, coached by the best professors of practice in Europe and former CampusDoc students (all successful video journalists) and organized in a large professional alumni network: The CampusDoc “gang”. 

Course structure diagram

Course unit title  Number of ECTS 
Pre-production: research, production-sheet, shooting script
Production: shooting your documentary  10
Post-production: editing, artwork, trailer, color correction and sound grading  10
Distribution plan 

CampusDoc in 4 learning outcomes

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, and in that sense, we are unique among other documentary programs 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.

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.

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Note: this programme has a selection procedure.

Applicants must submit the application form including required documents (eg motivation letter, resume) 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. Applicants should also be prepared to pitch their 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 ( and John Driedonks ( before April 15th 2018.
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 April 20th. If you are selected you can start the enrolment at HU Applied Sciences (see International Exchange Programmes page).
Note: there is a 1 May deadline for this official university registration.


Brian Maston: (programme coordinator)
Carien Touwen: (international officer Journalism)

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