institute for documentary studies
 

{Summer Programs}

Spend one week of your
summer at Salt

Are you interested in learning more about what we teach at Salt, but aren’t able to participate in a full-time 15-week semester?

Come spend 1 week with us in June! Our short programs incorporate hands-on skills training, lectures and  individual critiques to provide a solid foundation (or build on an existing one) in just 5 days.

“I USED A WEEK OF PRECIOUS VACATION DAYS to attend Salt’s multimedia intensive during the summer and DEFINITELY WOULDN’T HAVE TRADED IT FOR A BEACH TRIP. Each participant brought different experiences and goals, but all showed up with heaps of enthusiasm and creativity. I ate too much Otto pizza, met some lovely people, and the short video profile I created that week has helped me show colleagues and collaborators what I’m ready to do — and I’m working on more!”

Jessica Bal

“To me, the program was a PERFECT PACKAGE FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: an opportunity to not only improve my photography skills but to also revisit the powerful storytelling process that’s uniquely Salt. I’d recommend the workshop to any communications/development professional…as well as to anyone wanting to tell a story.”

Marcie Parker Griswold


Learn more about Summer 2015 workshops below

  • Multimedia Intensive, June 1-5

    This five-day intensive aims to equip students with the skills necessary to shoot and produce powerful, short-form documentaries through compelling video, photography and audio. Students will engage in hands-on training in photography, DSLR video, audio and editing with Final Cut X. Coursework will be geared toward the beginner to intermediate student and will focus primarily on shooting and production, including interviewing, external sound recording, b-roll, basic lighting and editing. Students will dive headfirst into shooting stories in and around Portland and critiquing colleagues’ work. Once students have registered and been accepted to the workshop a more detailed course schedule will be made available to them. Expect to be here long days, beginning most days at 8a and working through the dinner hour on most evenings. Enrollment will be limited to 15 students, all participants must be 18 or older.

     

    Instructor Gabe Souza is an editorial photographer and videographer based in Portland, Maine. He is currently on staff at The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. Gabe has been recognized for his work by the National Press Photographer’s Association, the Associated Press, the EMMY awards, and more. There isn’t much Gabe won’t do to get a photo including climbing a tree, standing on a police cruiser, or leaning out the side of a plane in the middle of January. His work has appeared in media affiliates throughout the world.

  • Introduction to Radio, June 8-12

     

    **Note: the summer radio workshop is currently on a waiting list. If you would like to be added to the list, please email admissions@salt.edu

    In this hands-on workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of audio storytelling, including how to identify and collect the elements of a compelling story. Students will learn how to report with digital recorders and how to edit using Protools. At the end of the five days, students will have produced a sound-rich audio postcard and will have a greater appreciation for why audio is uniquely suited for storytelling. Once students have registered and been accepted to the workshop a more detailed course schedule will be made available to them. Expect to be here for full days, beginning in the morning at either 8a or 9a and working until 5p (possibly longer) each evening. This course is for students at a beginning or intermediate level. Enrollment will be limited to 15 students, all participants must be 18 or older.

     

    Instructor Ibby Caputo is a freelance journalist based in Boston and a 2014-2015 MIT-Knight Science Journalism Fellow. As a reporter for WGBH News, Ibby covered healthcare, transportation, and the Boston Marathon bombings for 89.7fm- Boston Public Radio- and WGBH Channel 2. Ibby’s work aired nationally on PRI’s The World, NPR News, All Things Considered, PRX’s Remix adn internationally on the BBC’s Boston Calling. Her journalism, essays and photography have been published in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Cape Cod Times, The Times-Picayune, Women & Cancer Magazine, and elsewhere. Ibby is an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She received her B.A. from Princeton University and an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

  • Photography, June 15-19
    Angelo Meredino is ready to guide photography students through a visual storytelling workshop experience. If you have a passion for photography and you have always wanted to learn how to shoot and edit your work to create engaging visual stories, this is the perfect summer workshop for you. The emphasis in this class will be on storytelling, although students will be working at Salt on 27-inch iMac desktops, use Lightroom to edit their work and leave the workshop with a completed story narrative. We prefer you bring your own DSLR but if you don’t own one yet, we do have a limited number of cameras that we can loan for the duration of the 5-day course. These will be long days of shooting, editing and post-production starting at 8a or 9a and wrapping up a long day at 8p or 9p. This course is for students at a beginning or intermediate level. Once students have registered and been accepted to the workshop a more detailed course schedule will be made available to them. Enrollment will be limited to 15 students, all participants must be 18 or older.

     

    Angelo Merendino is a Cleveland, Ohio based photographer most known for his photo-documentary, The Battle We Didn’t Choose: My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer, a powerful and intimate body of work that chronicles Angelo’s late wife Jennifer and their life together during their battle with breast cancer. Angelo was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and is the youngest of 11 children. Photography offered Angelo the voice he needed to express himself. His curiosity and desire to look deep into his own existence has shaped Angelo’s vision: To share what he believes is important; the simple moments in life we all feel, relate to and can learn from. Angelo’s photographs have been exhibited at The Akron Art Museum, where 3 of his print’s are part of the museum’s permanent collection, in New York, Rome, Italy and Oxford, England. Angelo contributes to Corbis, and his work has been shown in The New York Times, The Guardian, USA Today, RollingStone.com and TheTodayShow.com.

  • Tuition
    While financial aid is not available for summer workshops, you can save by registering early.

     

    Register and pay by:
    June 1-5: Multimedia Intensive: $1000
    * Students must register and pay in full by May 15th
    **Register and pay in full by APRIL 15th to receive a tuition discount & pay $850
    ***sign up for housing and pay in full by April 15th to receive a housing discount & pay $400

     

    June 8-12: Introduction to Radio: $1000

    Please Note: the summer radio workshop is currently on a waiting list. If you would like to be added to the list, please email admissions@salt.edu
    * Students must register and pay in full by May 15th
    **Register and pay in full by APRIL 15th to receive a tuition discount & pay $850
    ***sign up for housing and pay in full by April 15th to receive a housing discount & pay $400

     

    June 15-19: Photography: $1000
    * Students must register and pay in full by May 15th
    **Register and pay in full by APRIL 15th to receive a tuition discount & pay $850
    ***sign up for housing and pay in full by April 15th to receive a housing discount & pay $400

  • Housing & Meals
    Summer workshop housing is available in Salt’s student housing located within several blocks of school. Student lodging is full decorated with furnishings, kitchen tools, dishes and basic linens in addition to wireless internet and common room TVs with basic cable. Apartments include individual bedrooms with full-size beds, common room and shared kitchen and bathroom. Click here for more information and a virtual tour.

     

    Housing is available at a rate of $500 for 6 nights/7 days and will be allotted on a first come, first served basis.If you choose to find your own housing, please plan ahead! Lodging can be hard to come by in Portland during the summer.Salt will provide a simple lunch and some Continental breakfast foods over the course of all five-day workshops. Students are responsible for own dinners and for any special dietary needs.

  • FAQ
    Do I need to bring my own gear?
    Salt provides audio recorders to all radio workshop participants for the duration of the program. If you are attending a multimedia or photojournalism workshop and you have your own 35mm DSLR camera with video capabilities, please plan on bringing it, along with any accessories such as a tripod and extra lenses. If not, we’ll check one out to you to use for the duration of the program (each camera may be shared by up to 2 students). You’ll have your own 27-inch iMac desktop computer to work on while you’re here. We recommend you bring a hard drive so you can take your work with you when you leave.

     

    Are meals provided during workshops?
    Salt will provide a simple lunch and some Continental breakfast foods over the course of the five-day program. Students are responsible for own dinners and for any special dietary needs.
    Contact admissions@salt.edu, or call Emily Baer at 207.761.0660 extension 3 with any other questions.

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