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This program offers a unique opportunity to advanced, intermediate, and beginning students of videography to apprentice with an experienced documentary filmmaker and television news producer, while learning about the art, architecture, film, and history of London. Ultimately, they'll learn each of the steps essential to produce a compelling, high quality short documentary: identifying a subject, organizing the production, executing the scenes, writing the film and editing the final product. Students will work in small teams to identify a community in London to document, and work during the Spring semester to identify their subject and prepare for filming in London. A number of field trips, guest lectures and excursions are part of the program. Students will also enroll in a 1-hour seminar course during the Spring semester to group into teams, establish a cohort and their stories, and prepare for the program.


Sponsored by College of Communication


  • J 330L / J 395 - Community Life: Documented and
    COM 119 - Maymester Seminar: London

Academic Information

Students will enroll in J 330L - Community Life: Documented. The course carries a Global Cultures and Writing flag. Students will also enroll in a COM 119 spring seminar course taught on campus on Tuesday evenings 5 - 7 pm in Spring 2020.


Kate Dawson has taught at UT in the broadcast journalism department for over ten years; before that she was on the faculty at Marymount College at Fordham University in Tarrytown, New York. At Fordham, she supervised one of the campus newspapers while teaching journalism and English literature courses.

Language(s) of Instruction



Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - No
  • Internship - No


Students live in dormitory style apartments in central London. Dual student rooms include cooking facilities, laundry service and wifi.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

2021 program fee: TBD. 2020 program fee: $5475. Program fee includes housing and instructional costs, airport pickup and dropoff, welcome dinner, and included program excursions. 2020 program dates are May 31 - June 30, 2020.

Program Dates:

- Maymester
  • May 28, 2021 to June 19, 2021
  • Priority Deadline: November 15, 2020

Application Code


Additional Resources

Program Website
Financial Aid
Information Session

Next Step

Applications have been closed for the 2021 Maymester. Please check back in Fall 2021 for information about the 2022 program. For questions, contact Program Coordinator, Timothy Myers, at

Program information above is subject to change