4 Bard Credit / 8 ECTS Credits Course

September - December 2021

Project Based Learning

Film + Engagement

This semester long OSUN Network class is a project-based course designed to help introduce students to documentary film technique, and help student teams produce documentaries on local issues. The course offers rich custom produced guides to smart phone filming, interviewing technique, field production and editing, as well as small group mentoring sessions and workshops. It is being offered on four campuses, and can be taken in conjunction with other network courses to make final projects. Teams will receive gear, training, and funds for local filming costs. All films will participate in end-of-semester OSUN wide film festival!


Connected Courses

This course can be used to make final projects for OSUN classes such as Human Rights Advocacy, Global Citizenship, Civic Engagement, and Digital Theaters. Students in other classes and majors are encouraged to apply and join. All video projects would need to be approved by each course instructor.

Previous Student Created Films

Film Showcases

Students from Previous Versions of this course have made amazing films and digital case studies, many of which are now used in OSUN classes or used in social media campaigns by NGO’s and other organizations.


Bring Them Home - The Fight for Clemency

Seamus Heady, Bard Annandale - 2020


Living with Disabilities in Bishkek

Shigofa Jamal / Ulukbek Batyrgaliev, AUCA - 2020


Living on Faith in a Changing Planet

Clement Cupido, South Africa


Save the Sundarbans

Amrita DasGupta, India - 2021

Meet The Faculty


Each campus participating will have local hands-on training and mentoring with our local instructor teams, as well as access to international experts and guest speakers.

Adam Stepan
Filmmaker, Annandale + Cross Course Instructor
Nurzhamal Karamoldoeva
Filmmaker, Bishkek Based Instructor
Dina Hossain
Filmmaker, Dkaka Based Instructor

September - December 2021



September / October 2021

Weeks #1-4 – An introduction to Camera Basics, Interviewing and Editing

October / November 2021

Weeks #5-8 – Field production on project with consultations and master classes on editing

November / December 2021

Weeks #9-13 – Video editing and final film festival

Using the Smartphone Stabilizer
Student Produced Cases




It is expected that all students will have their own smartphones, and ideally their own laptops. Editing is also available at various campuses. Smart phone stabilizers, lights and microphones will be provided, as will access to editing software and support.


Zoom Sessions + Local Labs

Thursdays 8:30am - 9:40am EST we will have live sessions on zoom connecting students across campuses. Local teams will also meet for weekly labs and hands-on trainings with gear and editing equipment (see local campuses for schedule), with support and mentoring by local “OSUN Digital Fellows”.


Team Projects + Film Festival

Students will work in groups of 3-4 students each on semester-long documentary projects in their local area, and will receive limited financial support for local production costs. All films will be featured in the end-of-semester OSUN film festival!

Sign Up

Registration for this 4 Bard Credit / 8 ECTS Credits Course open to all Bard and OSUN affiliated students! Here are links for sign up at each school:

Bard Annandale Bard Berlin AUCA BRAC

We can help you register if you are having issues by filling in the form below! We'd also love to know more about your interests and experience with media so we can make sure you get the most out of the class!

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