Visual Storytelling with DSLR video, audio, photography and web presentation.

Over six weeks students will learn how to combine the different elements of documentary storytelling to create in-depth multimedia pieces. At the end of the course each student will understand how to develop, create, and design a long-form multimedia piece that showcases their understanding of audio, DSLR video, photography, and web presentation.

Each week students will focus on different aspects of multimedia storytelling. There will be technical lectures and demonstrations, introductions to audio and video gathering equipment with Canon 5D Mark II / III and the editing processes using Adobe CC software. Students will work collaboratively and on their own to use these skills to shoot a story on the topic of their choosing as well as short assigned exercises. We will have discussions about how to shape a story and explore the different web applications in which students will finally present their work. Students should have a working knowledge of digital photography 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 students will pursue in- depth.

Workstudy students will be required to bring:

  • Laptop with PhotoShop installed
  • DSLR and any lenses owned
  • 500 GB External harddrive

Shared workstations and editing software will be provided for the video component of this program


Claire Harbage

Claire Harbage is a visual storyteller. She regularly travels abroad to document stories outside the US. Most recently she received a grant to travel to Senegal and document Hip Hop culture in Dakar. Claire has taught at the Maine Media Workshops & College and at Ohio University. She is an SEA grant recipient and a three-time FLAS Fellowship awardee. Her work has been featured on Burn Magazine and in juried shows across the US. Claire was selected for the NYTimes Portfolio Review in 2014. Her short film Together We're Stronger was a part of the Reel Work Labor Film Festival in Santa Cruz, CA. Claire completed her graduate work in Visual Communication at Ohio University. She also holds a Masters Degree in African Studies and is conversationally fluent in Wolof. She wishes she was a better banjo player. You can check out Claire's recent work on her website at

©Claire Harbage

Course Dates

Jul 5 to Aug 15



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