Summer London Program
The British Documentary Experience
The British Documentary Experience is designed to give undergraduate students a practical and powerful educational opportunity to study the history and practice of documentary filmmaking in the United Kingdom.
As our host city, London provides the most ideal backdrop for the study of documentary history and theory because it was a subject of the British crown who coined the term “documentary” as a name for the genre known for producing what was then known as non-fiction film. Their connection with documentary makes the British perspective essential to our study of this genre. London offers the most museums, archival holdings, institutions, and individual artists that focus on the field as a discipline and livelihood. This program gives students a chance to apply critical viewpoints to what we watch, talk about, and research through written responses and class discussions.
In addition, we will be making our own films, with public spaces, city parks, classic and contemporary architecture, mass transportation, and a local population blended with travelers from around the world—London presents all the challenges and rewards any filmmaker could ask for. Shooting and producing in London will present students with an opportunity to test their logistical and creative talents, as well as produce socially significant projects in a multi-cultural location. The goal of this program is to produce both professional grade pieces of still and moving images in one of the world’s most historical and media saturated environments, adding to both the student’s skill level and worldview.
-- William Lawson, PhD
Department of Communication
California State University, East Bay
Activities include day trips and visits to:
- National Gallery of Art
- Hyde Park
- British Museum
- Abbey Road
- BBC Studios
- The Globe Theatre
- The Tower of London
- St. Paul's Cathedral
- Museum of London
- Tate Modern
- And more!
COMM 3690 Documentary History & Tradition Abroad
4 units (satisfies Area C4 for General Education requirement)
This class will explore the history of the British documentary film tradition as it evolved from the 19th century on up to the present. This course allows students to engage media at a multi-cultural level and as a global consumer and citizen. Students are able to examine and understand the power of influence that multi-media forms of visual rhetoric, like documentary film, have over personal and cultural identities by analyzing, discussing, and creating their own arguments about the messages embedded in documentary films.
COMM 3691 Digital Media Production Abroad
4 units (satisfies Area F for General Education requirement)
London presents all of the challenges and rewards any filmmaker could ever ask for; public spaces and city parks, classic and contemporary architecture, mass transportation, a local population blended with travelers from round the world, and not to mention the challenges of the weather. Shooting and producing in London presents students with the opportunity to test their logistical and creative talents, as well as produce socially significant projects in multi-cultural location. The goal of this course is to produce both professional grade pieces of still and moving in one of the world’s most historical and medic saturated environments, adding to both the students’ skill set and perspective worldview.
Five weeks in London: July 27 - September 1 2016
Five weeks hybrid course at Cal State East Bay, Hayward Campus
Plane Ticket $900-$1400
Spending Money $1500-$2500
*Charges subject to change
The British Documentary Experience requires students to enroll in two ten-week courses: COMM 3690 and COMM 3691. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid if eligible to help with tuition costs.
A valid Passport is required to travel outside of the United States.
Passport cost is $165
Passports may take a few months to process, so students are encouraged to start the process early.
More information on the Passport process can be found here:
1 British Pound = 1.57 US Dollars. We recommend putting aside $1,500 to cover the cost of food and spending money in London. Students may want to bring a little extra spending money for additional travels (such as taking a trip to Paris for the weekend).
Please note: Prices and totals displayed are subject to change.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Available to U.S. citizens who want to study abroad and who receive a Pell Grant. Recipients are awarded up to $5,000. The Gilman is an extremely competitive scholarship that requires an essay and proposal, so start the application early. For more information please visit the Gilman website.
Application Deadline: The application will open in January 2016. The deadline is Mar. 1, 2016.
Foundation for Global Scholars
Five different scholarships are available to U.S. students who have a minimum of a 2.50 GPA. Students can only apply to one type of the five scholarships offered. For more information please visit the Foundation for Global Scholars website.
Application Deadline: The application will open on Feb. 23, 2016. The deadline is Apr. 3 at 3 p.m.
Applications for The British Documentary Experience – Summer 2016 is available here.
Apply early, spaces are very limited.