institute for documentary studies


Salt is excited to announce that the core class, formerly known as New Media, will be offered as an individual track starting this fall under the name ShortDocs!

Registration will open next week, on March 3rd. Stay tuned for more details and program information!

use the tabs below to learn more about our ShortDocs program

  • What You'll Learn
    We’re excited to tweak our New Media class and offer it as an individual track focus! Check back on March 3rd for a more comprehensive course description.
  • What your Salt schedule might look like
    Salt students spend two (very full) days a week in class in addition to weekly individual conference time with instructors. Time outside of class is devoted to researching, exploring story ideas (whether that means checking Craigslist posts, talking to people on the street, or going to a tiny dot on the map to explore), spending time with subjects in the field, recording, writing, and editing – lots of editing. All in all, Salt is a 24/7 experience for the fifteen weeks you’re here.
  • What's provided + what to bring

    Each Salt student is provided with an iMac desktop computer with all software needed for media work. Please bring a personal hard drive with at least 1 TB of space to save and take your work with you.


    Having a car at Salt is not required, but it makes pursuing stories outside of the Portland area much more feasible.

  • Curriculum

    The ShortDocs track at Salt aims to equip students with the skills necessary to shoot and produce powerful, short-form documentaries built through compelling video, photography and audio.




    If you are interested in earning graduate or undergraduate credits for your coursework at Salt through one of our affiliate universities, please contact to learn more.



  • What do alums + others have to say?

    “You will be given the tools and the equipment to make material that will hopefully surprise you and blow your mind. You will learn how to shoot, record, focus, frame, and tell stories in this ever-expanding new field.”

    [ Julia Lowrie Henderson // Former Student ]


    “Though much about media landscape has changed since I was an analog Salt student ten years ago, the foundation of storytelling at Salt remains the same as we guide compelling, intimate and ethical stories. Salt students are impressively thoughtful and poised to make great work. Teaching the next generation’s storytellers is a enlightening and fascinating experience.”

    [ Christine Heinz // former instructor + former student ]

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