The documentary Institute Amsterdam (DIA) facilitates academic film education in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam. It houses several programmes such as Visual Antropology, Urban Development Studies and Poldox. Poldox offers a theoretical and practical program in which social sciences and the audiovisual medium coincide. The genre of documentary filmmaking is central to the course.
Poldox was established by DUS media & design in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam and is running yearly since 2005 . It takes shape as a 12-point optional course for third-year bachelor students in Political Science, Philosophy, Sociology, Social Geography and Anthropology.
The Poldox classes are supervised by social scientists and professionals from the written and audiovisual media. The seminars have been developed as such that the participants can refine their research gradually and in the meantime know, in a practical sense, what to expect in the realisation phase. Subjectivity, ethics, academic theory on media, film history, geopolitics, writing for the media, freedom of expression, and visual language are aspects that are emphasized in the educational program.
Their research is published on a selfmade website. Out of the research follows a documentary film. Their final results are shown for an audience and will be publicly defended in front of a panel of scientists and mediaprofessionals from the industry.
DUS is an Dutch independent media & design company. DUS directs its attention towards cross-media, direct film, broadcast design, digital brandmarketing, off-online communications and educational programme developing.