Seville, Spain

Digital Filmmaking & Documentary

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Information for term Digital Filmmaking & Documentary

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

December 4, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 4, 2020
  • Dates: Jun 13 – Jul 3, 2021 (3 weeks)
$5,050

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 12 – Aug 1, 2020 (3 weeks)
$5,050

Application Deadline

December 4, 2020
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days
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 4, 2020
  • Dates: Jul 11 – 31, 2021 (3 weeks)
$5,050

Overview

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Study the fundamentals of filmmaking and use your camera as a powerful tool for self-expression and social commentary.

 Chronicle the changing world around you while learning hands-on skills from professional documentary filmmakers. During this intensive program you’ll learn about the technical and artistic aspects of the craft —and how it can be used to promote social justice and bring hidden stories to light. You’ll be challenged with questions like: How can you tell a story with a single image? How can documentaries be used for social good? Is it possible to show reality objectively? Each week, you’ll cover different movements in the history of the genre and then dive into hands-on projects using film and images of your own.

 In just three weeks you’ll learn to appreciate and to replicate the style of documentary pioneers. You’ll develop a critical eye and a base command of storytelling techniques, working in groups and independently to create a portfolio inspired by the greats! 

 You’ll live and learn in the beautiful Andalusian city of Seville. Home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Seville has a rich blend of Moorish/Arabian and Spanish heritage and magnificent art and architecture. Soak up Seville’s cultural fabric on afternoon visits to shops, markets, and cafés while practicing your Spanish conversational skills. What better excuse to eat tapas, street food and sweet Torrijas? It's also the perfect opportunity to grow as a Spanish speaker while still receiving course instruction in English. On group outings, you’ll tour highlights like the Alcázar of Seville, world-class art museums, and Seville’s urban graffiti and trendy street art scene. You’ll also see the sights by kayak, as you paddle the Guadalquivir River through the heart of the city.

 In classes with peers you’ll learn to cook paella, tortilla Española, and dance the flamenco! Back at your local homestay, you’ll get a good feel for the local customs and rhythm of everyday life. Together with your host family, you’ll prepare and share authentic meals, go shopping, and learn about the lives of ordinary people — including how they use and interact with different forms of media in their homes and on the go.

 At the end of three weeks you’ll be equipped with basic filmmaking skills and look at life through a whole new lens. How do you see your place in the world? How do you define cultural context in different places you visit? What is the difference between community and culture? Throughout the program you’ll be challenged with questions like these — and pushed to keep up the critical thinking back home in the US… and wherever your journey takes you.

The Take-Aways

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    Discover

    Gain a broad knowledge of the history of narrative photography and documentary cinema.

  • Learn

    how documentary film has evolved as a genre.

  • Certificate

    A certificate of learning in Digital Filmmaking and Documentary

Location & Culture

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Integrate into the vibrant epicenter of culture, in Spain’s beautiful Andalusian region. Seville is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

It is rich in cultural history. Surprisingly, it manages to preserve its past while offering all the conveniences of a modern commercial city.   More than 20 centuries separate the most famous places and monuments of this magical city through which Tartessos, Romans, Visigoths, Muslims and Christians passed. Its Cathedral (Santa Maria de la Sede), the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and where the remains of Christopher Columbus rest today, shares prominence with the most modern cultural buildings built in recent times. Seville has also been the scene of films and famous series as Game of Thrones, Star Wars, or the Kingdom of Heaven.   It is also known for being easy to navigate. You can stroll down cobblestone alleys, poke your head into local shops, and enjoy a slow, laid-back pace during your time here. Seville is known for being livable and fun without feeling overwhelming.


Did you know? Seville is a UN designated “Creative City.” The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) promotes cooperation among international cities that identify creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. These cities share a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries front and center. What better place to immerse yourself in filmmaking and artistic exploration?

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"Today, we went to a flamenco class and learned how to dance a basic sevillana. ..."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Homestay

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members.

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Activities

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Sample Activities & Excursions

  • Explore the beautiful city of Seville with tours led by CIEE staff and local professors.
  • Visit architectural and historical landmarks like the Alcázar of Seville, Plaza de España, and Seville Cathedral.
  • Survey Seville’s amazing art treasures, including masterworks at the Museum of Fine Arts by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Francisco Pacheco, Francisco de Zurbarán, and Juan de Valdés Leal.
  •  Take a walking tour of Seville’s trendy art scene and remarkable urban graffiti.
  •  Urban kayaking sound fun? Go on a kayaking trip up the Guadalquivir River, which runs through the heart of Seville.
  •  Take cooking classes with local chefs. Enjoy making dishes like paella, tortilla Española or patatas bravas – and then enjoy tasting your culinary creations!
  •  Put your best foot forward and try some flamenco lessons at a local dance studio. What have you got to lose?


​​Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

CÁDIZ DAY TRIP

Hop on a bus for a day trip to Cádiz, an ancient port city in thesouthwest Spain that traces its roots back to 1100 B.C. It is claims to be the oldest city in Western Europe. You will take a walking tour of this seaside city, visit and walk up the 18th-century Cádiz Cathedral, shop at a traditional market, and then hit the beaches for some sun, sand, and relaxation.

Weekend In Granada

Spend a fun weekend in the city of Granada. The city is famous for its mix of cultures and the extensive Arab tradition that is present today in its streets, gastronomy, shops and of course in its monuments.Visit the Alhambra, the most visited monument in Spain, and get lost among its Nazari palaces and its splendid gardens.We will not leave this incredible city without contemplating the mountains of Sierra Nevada from the Mirador de San Nicolas, visiting the Royal Chapel and strolling through its narrow streets full of history.   

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

Eligibility

  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

Application Fee

$25

Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Costs

Summer Session II 2020 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 12, 2020 Aug 1, 2020

$5,050

Summer Session I 2021 3 weeks Dec 4, 2020 Jun 13, 2021 Jul 3, 2021

$5,050

Summer Session II 2021 3 weeks Dec 4, 2020 Jul 11, 2021 Jul 31, 2021

$5,050

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