Level 3 Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice (PNDP.3.003)

From: September 30, 2024
To: October 25, 2024
Application deadline
Sunday 26th May 2024 23:59PM EDT
4 weeks
Class size
Scholarship eligibility
VII Academy Fellows, VII Mentees, and VII Academy Alumni who have earned an A or B grade in VII Academy's Level 2 Program for Narrative and Documentary Photography can apply to attend this course. Sarajevo Seminar participants are also welcome to apply.
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Arles, France. ©Sharafat Ali for VII Academy


Through VII Academy, The VII Foundation supports issue-driven journalism that uses publication and exhibition as a departure point, rather than a destination.

This multi-disciplinary seminar teaches the language of non-fiction storytelling using the mediums of photography, writing, and time-based media through the study of classic and contemporary work and through practice.

The program introduces students to a range of non-fiction voices, including the work of photographers, filmmakers, radio documentarians, and writers, and places high value on the ethical, aesthetic, and scholarly considerations involved in representing other people and cultures. Tutors for this edition include Gary Knight, Dr David Campbell, Ziyah Gafic, Fiona Turner, and more.

As a base, Arles provides participants exposure to multiple cultural institutions concerned not just with French but rather global affairs.


Over the course of a month, participants will reside in Arles and attend classes Monday through Friday at The Alexandra Boulat Campus. Educators will lecture and lead discussions in their area of expertise — writing, filmmaking, photography, presenting — and critique students’ presentations and assignments.

Coursework on campus is immersive, intensive and practice-oriented, with students working together in an intimate discursive classroom setting. Students are required to engage with communities outside the academy and to confront complex social issues while practicing skills in film, photography, writing and audio.


Participants will learn to research, produce, edit and present their work and become familiar with strategies to position their work to change policy and educate the public. Those who graduate from the class will be able to accomplish assignments for the media, for NGOs, for supra-governmental organisations and institutions that value visual communications strategies.


  • VII Academy will cover tuition, travel to and from Marseille airport, accommodation, and a per diem.
  • The Level 2 Program for Narrative and Documentary Photography was formerly called the Level 2 Seminar in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. If you’re unclear on your grade, please contact [email protected].
  • PLEASE NOTE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and some (but not all!) successful applicants may be notified of their acceptance before the May 26th deadline. Please do not delay submitting your application, especially if you will need a visa to travel to France!

Apply Now!

Eligible applicants (see details at the top of the page) who wish to be considered for acceptance to this tuition-free program should complete the application form. Please register for AwardForce, then select the name of this program.

Application Deadline: May 26, 2024, at 2359 EDT.