Have you ever dreamt of creating, shooting and editing a documentary film? Have you ever wanted to practice your journalism and media production skills in a foreign country? Have you ever thought of having your own documentary film screened at a public event? If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, then the ‘Documentary Filmmaking in Kenya’ course at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication is the right program for you.

This course will take you through all the steps involved in making a documentary film: from developing and researching ideas, to shooting on location, editing and post-production. The program includes three masterclasses at the University of Houston, and a two-week stay in Kenya, where you will not only shoot a documentary film, but you will also be able to meet local filmmakers, and learn about the fast-changing life in two fascinating African cities: Nairobi and Mombasa.

This course will be taught during the 2019-20 Winter mini-semester (from December 16 to January 12). It is open to all UH students, and does not have any pre-requisites, although previous experience in journalism and media production is preferred. For details on how to register, follow this link. You can find more details about the program, including the costs, tentative schedule and the theme of the documentary, in the Basic information section of this website. There’s also a section with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Application Now Open

The application process for the ‘Documentary Filmmaking in Kenya’ program is now open. Review of applications will begin September 23, 2019 and remain open until all 10 sits in the program are filled in. Follow this link to complete the application process. We will notify selected applicants by the end of September.