Making the Documentary

This studio course is an introduction to contemporary documentary film practices and production. Students should learn the how to produce, direct, shoot, and edit documentary films. This course focuses on the creation of independent work with small teams and limited resources.

An introduction to documentary film history will be provided as well as an examination of contemporary trends. Production topics include lighting, sound, basic editing, and interview skills. Student work will be supported by demonstrations, screenings, discussions, and critique.

This course is offered in partnership with OCAD University to offer a wide range of courses for enhancing your career expertise in web, design, photography, analytics, and technology.  Combine this course with four other Online Digital Media & Graphic Design courses to earn a Digital Media Skills Certificate.

Important registration details:

Courses offered in partnership with OCAD U are delivered through a series of tutorials and related assignments which students may complete at their own pace on the OCAD learning management system Canvas. The instructor is available throughout the course time period for questions and discussions. To learn more about course expectations, visit here.

As a student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to Canvas. Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course. Please log in at

If you do not know your OCAD U User ID, please check your registration confirmation email.  You can reset your password here.

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Winter 2021
Date & Time:
1 Mar 2021 to 5 Apr 2021
  • 6 online classroom sessions
Instructor: Price:
$445.00 plus tax
Registration Deadline:
February 18, 2021

Course Requirements

All students are required to provide their own video camera and have access to laptops with video editing software. Hardware Requirements: Laptop (Mac or PC) with a minimum of 8GB storage, or an 8GB portable hard drive, and a video camera. Software Requirements: Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere.

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