Develop your skills as a multimedia storyteller.

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In just six weeks learn how to combine the different elements of documentary storytelling and create in depth multimedia pieces. Understand how to develop, create, and design multimedia pieces that showcase a deep understanding of audio, DSLR capture, smartphone capture, and photography.

Each week focus on different aspects of multimedia storytelling through technical lectures and demonstrations. Introductions are made to audio and video gathering equipment with Canon 5D and smart phones, and the editing processes using Adobe CC software. Work collaboratively and independently, utilizing these skills in short, in-class exercises as well as stories on the topics of your own choosing. We will have discussions about how to shape a story and explore the different web applications in which final work will be presented. A working knowledge of digital photography should be had upon entering the class.

Throughout the six weeks we will work in the classroom and in the field to connect with the local community and begin developing unique stories that will be pursued in-depth.

Workstudy students will be required to bring:

  • Laptop with Photoshop installed
  • DSLR and any lenses owned
  • Minimum 500 GB external hard drive
  • Smartphone

This program is not eligible for any promotional offers that may occur.

Image Credit: Aidan Bliss, Header Image: Katherine Booth

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Instructor: Terri Lea Smith

Terri Lea Smith is a freelance photographer and videographer from the Phoenix area. She has produced documentary and commercial work for companies such as International Rescue Committee, USA Today,, Arizona State University, PHOENIX magazine and Global Family Philanthropy. In 2012 she earned a B.A. in Journalism with a concentration in Digital Media from the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Originally born and raised in Alabama, she has a love of documentary work inspired by the people and landscape of the Southeastern U.S. that call attention to the color and richness of life.