Student Application, 2020 MDOCS Storytellers' Institute, Co-Creation and Its Discontents
Application Deadlines: Skidmore Students - October 24th, 2019, Non-Skidmore Students - December 15th, 2019 Please fill in the form below to submit your application for the 2020 Storytellers' Institute. For more information about the Storytellers' Institute, please visit - http://mdocs.skidmore.edu/storytellers/about
The 2020 Storytellers' Institute will hold two priority spots for Skidmore Opportunity Program students and two priority spots for Skidmore international students. We also consider a diversity of class years. Check the boxes that apply to you.
First year student
Second year student
Third year student
Fourth year student
Opportunities Program Student
Provide a statement of 500 words or less describing the following: what draws you to documentary storytelling, what experience do you have with documentary storytelling, why you are interested in taking part in the Storytellers’ Institute, and what do you hope to get out if the Institute. Please include information about how the Institute will build on your academic interests and what new directions you hope the Institute will take you in.
Please provide 1-2 work samples. Formats can include video, audio, photography, web-based work, documentation of a performance, a piece of non-fiction writing, etc. For time-based work, please submit samples that are no longer than 5 minutes in length. Reviewers are not obligated to watch/ listen to more than 5 minutes/sample. Please submit digital samples only by uploading files below or pasting links with passwords below.
Link to creative work with passwords if necessary.
Provide a statement of 300 words or less describing your work sample. Please include the following: context for the work submitted, the project's relationship to documentary/non-fiction if any, and your experience as a maker (the mediums you work in and the tools/skills you are experienced with).
Priority will be given to students with an interest in in this year's theme- Co-Creation and its Discontents-http://mdocs.skidmore.edu/storytellers/about/theme/. Provide a statement of 300 words or less describing your interest in the theme. What is your personal experience with this theme and how do you think your creative work/research will benefit from learning more about the theme? Are you currently working on or thinking of working on any collaborative projects with other makers or non-makers, institutions, or communities? If so, what are the ethical implications/power imbalances inherent in this work and how are you addressing them?
FOR NON-SKIDMORE STUDENTS ONLY - Provide a statement of 500 words or less describing the project you would like to explore during the Institute. Please include: information about your idea and its relationship to the year's theme, the medium(s) you intend to use and your level of experience with that medium, the stage you are in (research, pre-production, post-production) and what stage you intend to be in by the time the Institute begins. If it is a project with a community engagement component, please speak to any ethical concerns that you think your project might raise and how you plan on addressing those concerns in the making of your work and the final product. IF YOU ARE A SKIDMORE STUDENT WRITE N/A BELOW
FOR NON-SKIDMORE STUDENTS ONLY - We are very excited to support non- Skidmore students at the Institute, but do not have the resources to fund their stay at Skidmore at this time. We require that non-Skidmore students live on campus with the other Fellows and receive a Skidmore meal plan for the duration of the Institute. This is an integral part of our community building process. If you are a non-Skidmore student, please be aware that you must provide your own funding for the Storytellers’ Institute. The total to cover room and board at Skidmore for the duration of the Storytellers’ Institute is $2000 without a stipend. If you are a non-Skidmore student, please check below that you understand this and are committed to securing funding for your experience.
I am a Skidmore student
In order for all Fellows to get the most of of the Institute, students are expected to fully engage with Institute events and be in residence for the duration of the Institute (except for non-Forum weekends). Please take a look at the schedule for last year's Storytellers' Institute and check below that you are committed to being present for a similar schedule this year. https://skidmore.box.com/s/uzr4rmocjzid1xtcaeagfsz7g7ytni0m
Skidmore Students are required to take a 2-credit preparation class for the Storytellers' Institute. The goals of this class are to give students an intellectual framework for the theme and space to begin their Institute projects. Please check below that you understand that you are required to take the 2-credit Storytellers' Preparation class in the Spring of 2020.
I am not a Skidmore student but I will look at the preparation class syllabus and do the readings about the theme before the institute. I will also do work on the project I intend to pursue ahead of time.
Skidmore student applicants are required to have taken at least one MDOCS class (in addition to the Storytellers' Institute Prep class) in advance of the Institute. Please list all of the DS classes that you have taken or are taking.
In addition to this application, you are required to have one letter of reference, from a professor or educator who knows you well, sent directly to email@example.com before the deadline. Your application will not be considered without a letter of reference sent directly to us. Please check below that the letter of reference will be sent.
I will arrange to have a letter of reference sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
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