School of Doc

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 School of Doc.

The School of Doc is open to any student currently enrolled in grades 9 – 12 within Durham Public Schools.

Dates for the 2018 School of Doc are:
Open House: June 14
Week 1: June 18 – 22
Week 2: June 25 – 29
Week 3: July 2, 3, 5, and 6
Week 4: July 9 – 13
Week 5: July 16 and 17
Final Presentation: July 17

NEWS: Full Frame receives FilmCraft grant for School of Doc from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for third consecutive year!

The School of Doc, launched in 2011, is a completely free program (including meals) serving Durham teens who participate in the five-week intensive summer course taught by professional filmmakers. The program is held in Full Frame’s theater and classroom space, where students work as a crew to produce a professional documentary film. Coursework includes all technical elements of the craft: camera, lights, sound, editing, and special effects, as well as pre- and post-production considerations such as rights and clearances, graphics and credits. Each School of Doc student spends time working in each of these areas.

Students build self-esteem as they work as a team, choose their own subject (often a local not-for-profit organization), and create a final film. Students also discover the link between documentary filmmaking skills and real-world job skills. Throughout the program, students visit local job sites where these tools are applied, such as ABC11, Trailblazer Studios, and the Durham Bulls television studio. At the end of the five weeks, the students present their final film to more than 100 excited audience members in the Full Frame Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

The following April, students attend the festival free of charge, visit with professional filmmakers, and present their work to the public as part of the festival’s free programming. Their filmmaker instructors supervise the students throughout the four-day event.

For questions, please contact Education Coordinator Ashley Solesbee at or 919.433.4100.

Full Frame’s School of Doc is featured on Indiewire!

The 2017 School of Doc film, Know Wonder: The Museum of Life and Science, had its World Premiere on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in the Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus.

The film will also be presented at the 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

To see the other 2017 School of Doc students’ films, please visit our vimeo page.

School of Doc Hall of Fame


Watch a behind the scenes video about School of Doc by 2017 intern Antoinique White:

Support the School of Doc free annual youth summer camp with a tax-deductible donation today:

The School of Doc is generously supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Baskerville Fund at the Triangle Community Foundation, the Fenhagen Family and Helen’s Fund, IBM, and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.