Christopher Sims

Christopher Sims

Undergraduate Educator Director, Lecturing Fellow

Center for Documentary Studies

Fellowship Year(s)
  • 2016-2017

Christopher Sims is the Undergraduate Educator Director at the Center for Documentary Studies and a Lecturing Fellow in Documentary Arts at Duke University.He has worked as a photo archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and was selected as the recipient of the Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers in 2010, named one of the “new Superstars of Southern Art” by the Oxford American magazine in 2012, and received the Arte Laguna Prize in Photographic Art in 2015.

As a Bacca Fellow, he will be offering an undergraduate course “Web Design and Narrative” in 2016–2017. In the course, students will compose across media through their creation of professional-grade websites which will include written text, podcasts or a short video, and photographs on a topic related to their personal research interest. Students will develop customized websites for their individual art, documentary, curatorial, or entrepreneurial project using CMS platforms. They will hone and workshop artistic/curatorial/product statements and develop teaching philosophies, exhibition imagery, and video documentation of artistic, curatorial, or product talks to put online to round out their online presentations. Students will pitch their ideas to their cohort, meet with outside designers through consultation sessions, and receive feedback about their sites from real-world users.

Christopher Sims's Blog Posts

Balancing Technology and Content in Teaching “Web Design and Narrative”
July 15, 2017

As a Bacca Fellow, I offered an undergraduate course “Web Design and Narrative” in 2016–2017. The course was based at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University and drew a fairly... read moreabout Balancing Technology and Content in Teaching “Web Design and Narrative” »


December 21, 2016

Professional practices course for students in creative fields without a computer science background: for artists and documentarians to create robust web-based portfolios; for art historians to... read moreabout Web Design and Narrative »