Short Term Exchange - Butler University (July)

Short Term Exchange - Butler University (July)

Embark on a documentary production adventure at Butler University in Indiana. This course will teach how to create a documentary using proper tools and techniques. This experience will immerse you in the culture by working with local faculty and taking excursions to Chicago and local landmarks (Indianapolis Motor Speedway, farmers market, museums and many more).


  • 2 night trip to Chicago: Architecture River Cruise, Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, Art Institute in Chicago & more.
  • Farmer's Market
  • Museums
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Speaker - How to document live events)
  • Visit to a local public media production studio

CME 305 “Documentary Style Production Theory and Technique” (3 Credits)

Students will take the course at Butler University with Butler faculty.

Course Description:

The focus of this course is on theory, techniques and aesthetics of single camera storytelling. Students will learn how to properly use the camera, microphones, and lighting on location to produce compelling non-fiction stories using audio and video. The techniques and aesthetics involved in post-production will also be covered.

Program Brochure | Program Website

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled, closing 1 April 2019

Every July, media students from Macquarie University spend their break at Butler University, studying Creative Media & Entertainment techniques. Butler University is located just a few miles from downtown Indianapolis. The nearby Broad Ripple Village neighborhood offers trendy restaurants, shopping and nightspots. When you start at Butler, you’ll find a community of classmates and faculty that are committed to your success. The U.S.News & World Report named Butler among the top schools in the country when it comes to enriched undergraduate offerings that lead to student success.

“During the course, I was able to experience a hands-on class dynamic, with most days consisting of working behind the scenes of a film studio from morning until night. We were also lucky enough to watch several news broadcasts as a live audience while in Indianapolis, at both Fox and CBS, and even got to use a green screen to read the weather!” - Hugo James, 2015 participant from Macquarie



Type of Program

Short Term Exchange

Level of Study


Length of Program

3 weeks

Program Dates

5 July to 26 July 2019

Program Cost

USD $2,500 - Program Fees include accommodation, welcome pack, activities

+ Tuition Paid to Macquarie University (Exchange Agreement)

+ Flights, J1 Exchange Visa for USA, Meals and other expenses

Language of Instruction


Travel Grant


GPA Requirement (Out of 4.0)


Course Information

Please see pre-approved unit mapping here

Confirmed for 2019, MAS elective credit at 300-level / MECO835 (Postgraduate)


Butler University Housing

Exchange Student Website

Butler University Website

To be eligible for this program, you must meet the following:

  • Macquarie Abroad General Eligibility Criteria
  • Nomination from Macquarie University
  • English language proficiency for non-native speakers
  • Review the course information and restricted courses to check it is suitable for your degree progression at Macquarie University

How to Apply

Applicants must complete an online Application form. You'll need to include:

Your personal details, One University preference, It should take around 2 - 3 minutes to complete an application.

Important notes:

Application Fee and Payment Options: For all exchange programs (semester and short term), there is a compulsory application fee. For more information and payment options please refer to the Payment Website.

Insurance: It is a requirement of the exchange program that all students must purchase their own travel insurance to cover them for the duration of their entire journey overseas. More information will be given to students upon acceptance.

Program Costs: You remain enrolled at Macquarie University and continue to pay your tuition fees to Macquarie University. As an exchange student you pay no tuition fees to host university. However, you must also always be prepared for unexpected expenses, and should consider how you will be dealing with the expenses of your exchange before you leave your home country. Prior to departure, you will need to save sufficient funds to cover all of your expenses for the duration of your exchange. Some costs to consider include: airfares, students visa (if required), travel health insurance, accommodation, food, additional travel, entertainment, textbooks, incidental expense. If you wish to work while you are away, it is important to note that work rights for international students vary from country to country. For further information about your visa restrictions please contact the consulate or embassy of your host country.

*Disclaimer: Macquarie University does not ensure the quality or reputation of activities run externally, should students choose to undertake these activities they take on the full risk and responsibility. All students need to undertake their own risk assessment before departure, considering wisely their personal health and safety risks. Ultimately participation in these activities is at the students’ risk.

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Your break at Butler University studying media. Every July, media students from Macquarie University spend their break at Butler University, studying Journalism and Creative Media & Entertainment.

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Business; Education; Engineering and IT; Environment; Health and medical sciences; Law, security and intelligence; Media, creative arts, and communication; Science; Society, history and languages

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$700 (AUD)

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