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Power of VIsual
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Course date
July 8–13, 2024
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The application deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting applications.
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The course invites artists, students, and scholars in humanities and social sciences who are engaged in the production, distribution, and analysis of documentary visual imagery and who recognize film as an important communication medium. The intense 6-day program aims at advancing individual participants’ projects with the help of masterclasses and tutoring sessions run by a network of academics and film practitioners. The course also sets to raise awareness of documentary films as cultural and social capital and an important change-making tool. It was developed collaboratively by faculty from six academic institutions working in the field of film and visual arts who bring their best teaching practices to the CEU Budapest summer school. The course is a safe space to create, learn, and obtain competent feedback on the documentary projects in the making as well as to join a community of engaged scholars and documentary practitioners. 

The course is structured as a sequence of interdisciplinary workshops, seminars, and masterclasses addressing issues of documentary ethics, social impact, community engagement, multi-media genres, memory politics, and representation within the field of cultural studies. In addition to workshops, participants work in small groups and have individual consultations with the course tutors. The course also includes a visit to Blinken OSA Archivum (a repository of important collections on the Cold War and international human rights, and a laboratory of archival experiments on new ways of assessing, contextualizing, presenting, and making use of archival documents) for exploring the audio-visual holdings and public engagement practices of this heritage institution. 

Students and young professionals in the fields of visual studies, filmmaking, media studies, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, archival studies, as well as visual artists are welcome to apply. All participants should apply with a project in the development, production, or post-production stage. 

The course aims to: 

  • Advance individual documentary projects through mentorship and peer critique 
  • Develop critical analytical skills in contextual visual analysis 
  • Acquire knowledge of recent and historical creative documentary productions 
  • Promote the ability to critically and contextually analyze documentary works 
  • Advance visual literacy skills and critical interpretation of moving images 
  • Advance understanding of cinematography, editing, sound design, social impact, and ethical implications in documentary films                          

Target Group
Applications are invited worldwide from MA and PhD students, artists, and young professionals.   

 We also accept applications from advanced undergraduate students who have a documentary project in development and demonstrate active engagement and a relevant course of study, making a compelling case in their motivation letter.

A documentary project (film, non-linear web project, VR, or another type of visual work) in development

Language requirements 

The language of instruction is English; all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview. 

The course focuses on the following discipline areas:

  • Filmmaking
  • Visual studies
  • Film studies
  • Social and visual anthropology and sociology
  • Visual arts
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Performance
  • VR

Please read the following directions carefully.  

Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission: 

  1. Completed online SUN Application Form (see notes below) 
  2. Full Curriculum Vitae or Resume, including a List of Publications, if any
  3. Filmography, if any 
    Please, upload a Filmography if any. 
  4. Statement of Purpose (max.1 page) Please describe why you envision the Summer University to be beneficial to the advancement of your project and what type of guidance and assistance you are looking for (storytelling, production, post-production, dissemination, impact campaign development, etc.). Please list relevant masterclasses and courses in the field you have taken previously during your studies.

    Please provide the names of up to two references (a faculty member, job supervisor, etc.) who can be contacted by the course directors to attest to your abilities, qualifications, and academic/professional performance.  
  5. Project Description and a Fragment (up to 10 minutes) of Visual Work in Progress you apply with (submitted via YouTube or Vimeo link). NB: Do not send downloadable files, make the link available with or without a password online. Please include this link in the project description. 
  6. Personal Statement on Financial Aid
    Those who are eligible and wish to apply for financial aid should specify their reasons in the “Personal statement on financial aid” section (Funding page of the application form).  

Optional Attachments: 

You can upload further optional documents on the Qualifications page such as academic documents that you think may be relevant to support your application in the "Other Supporting Documents" section. All documents should be merged into a single PDF file not exceeding the size 2 MB.  

Completed CEU Summer University Application Form

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  • You may apply to a maximum of two summer courses. In case of being admitted, you can only attend both if the two courses do not overlap in time.
  • If you applied to CEU before, please use your existing login and password to start a new application. If you do not remember your password from last year click on Forgotten Password. With technical problems, bugs, or errors related to the online application forms please contact the CEU IT Help Desk.
  • Right after login, please select the ”Summer University” radio button from the "Type of course" list, and leave all other fields empty.
  • All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail, or fax are not considered.
  • The maximum allowable file size for upload is 2MB per file and the acceptable file formats are PDF, JPG, and JPEG. Ensure all security features (e.g. passwords and encryption) are removed from the documents before uploading them.
  • Applications cannot be edited after submission. Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete.
  • Further user instructions for the online application are included in the form itself. Should you have questions regarding the application form, check the relevant Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact the SUN staff via email.


The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results in April. Please check the 'Dates and deadlines' section on the relevant course websites for notification deadlines planned earlier or later. The final decision is not open to appeal.