Summer 2018 London Program

The British Documentary Experience

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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 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 cityscapes.

-- William Lawson, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Communication
    California State University, East Bay

Coursework

(Open to major and non-major students)

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.

Program Activities

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!

Program Details

Dates: Five weeks in London: July 3 - August 9, 2018 with an additional 2 weeks hybrid format (pre-departure) during summer session

Total Courses: 2

Total Units: 8

Costs*

Tuition: $1,750 (Tuition costs are subject to change at any time.)

Accommodations: $1,800 (accommodations, health insurance, local transportation, most activities, one group dinner included)

Estimated Additional Expenses

Flight: $900-$1,200

Spending Money: $1,500-$2,500

TOTAL: $5,950-$7,250

*charges subject to change

Currency Exchange Rate
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).

Passport/Visa Information

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.

Please note: Prices and totals displayed are subject to change.

Scholarships

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.

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.

Upcoming Info Sessions

Information Sessions in the Biella Room (LI 2126) on the Hayward Campus.

  • Monday, January 8, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 9, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 10, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 11, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Apply Now!

Apply for Cal State East Bay’s Summer 2018 London Program here.

Completed applications are due by February 14, 2018.

Decision date is February 28, 2018.

First payment ($1,750) is due March 28, 2018.

Second payment ($1,800) is due June 11, 2018.

Apply early, spaces are very limited.

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