This MOOC, offered by edX and developed at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, presents the new trends and formats of 21st century audio-visual documentary including a brief historical overview.

About this Course

Videos will be in English and / or in Spanish. Transcripts in both languages will be provided. The assessments will be in both languages. The course starts on February 17 and lasts 8 weeks.

The course, developed by Pilar Carrera and colleagues at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and offered as part of the edX consortium, features new tendencies and formats of contemporary documentary with a focus on innovative works in an interactive and multi-platform context. It includes an overview of essential authors and genres, as well as the contribution of national and international scholars and professionals.

The student is introduced to an attractive and dynamic experience including videos, animations, and graphic art from a global point of view. Multimedia content is presented with an interdisciplinary approach and a cutting-edge vision. Resources and materials are related to new documentary storytelling in order to provide students with creative and efficient tools useful in any professional environment.

This MOOC is divided into the following segments:

  1. Documentary film is in vogue.
  2. Flashback: Introduction to documentary film history.
  3. WebDoc: Reinventing documentary film on the Internet.
  4. Cyberactivism and political documentary in a viral ecosystem.
  5. F for Fake or false documentary moving to the rhythm of social networking.
  6. News and Thematic Documentary: Nature, Culture, History, Science.
  7. Creative documentary film in times of crowdfunding.
  8. Brand Documentary.

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Course Staff

  • Pilar Carrera

    Pilar Carrera

    Associate professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Director of the Master’s Program in Transmedia Documentary UC3M. Award for Excellence in Research UC3M (2014). BA in Communication Sciences, País Vasco University (UPV-EHU), 1998. Doctoral Studies at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 2000-2003. She obtained her PhD (cum laude) with a thesis on German philosopher Walter Benjamin. She has been a visiting scholar at Yale University (on a Salvador de Madariaga scholarship), Harvard University and London School of Economics. Author of several books and articles about film theory and media theory, among them: Aki Kaurismäki (Cátedra 2012); Andrei Tarkovski: The Total Image (Andrei Tarkovski: La imagen total, Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2008).


  • Pedro Valiente

    Pedro Valiente

    Filmmaker, writer, visual artist. He has lived ten years in New York and five in Mexico City, participating in projects in seventeen countries. He has received over forty honors including two awards at Berlinale, Emmy Nominee and National Geographic Prize. His work has been selected at Sundance, MoMa, Whitney Biennial, Lincoln Center, Harvard University, PBS, BBC, TVE and Canal+. Former director of international relations at New York Film Academy, program director at Televisa, and director of Cancun Riviera Maya International Film Festival. He has collaborated at NBC, Vivendi Universal, and Rockefeller Foundation. Fulbright scholar and PhD Audiovisual Communication with studies at Columbia University. Assistant professor at UC3M.


  • Clara Sainz de Baranda

    Clara Sainz de Baranda

    Assistant professor at the Department of Journalism and Audiovisual Communication Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Clara got her doctorate in Media Research from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in 2013. Her dissertation was about Women and Sport in The Media.  BA in journalism (UC3M) and Art History (UCM). She teaches TV Realization and TV Production at UC3M.  She has led teaching innovation projects such as “The Tomorrow Project” in collaboration with Antena 3 TV.


  • Eva Herrero

    Eva Herrero

    Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Journalism and Audiovisual Communication at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Eva got her international doctorate in Media Research from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in 2013. Her dissertation was about Journalism and Social Media in Spain. Her main research interests are digital journalism, social media, internet, and transmedia storytelling. She previously worked at EFE TV and Cadena Ser Radio.