Documentary Certificate

Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts School of Motion Picture Arts


8 month(s)

Program Highlights

We're meeting the needs of emerging documentary filmmakers in a rapidly changing industry.

In the Documentary Certificate program you'll build the skills needed to produce, direct, write and edit documentary or specialized productions, all under the mentorship of award-winning filmmakers.

The program follows a professional production cycle from story concept and development, to pre-production, production, post-production and distribution and marketing phases.

Join the many grads who have gone on to make award-winning films and work in a variety of entry-level roles, from research to post-production to producing community television.

  • Demonstrate competence in producing and directing documentary or specialized non‐fiction production through the execution and delivery of a documentary short subject film, considering story structure, funding, planning, writing and presenting or pitching.
  • Apply technical skills to carry out basic operation of camera, lighting, sound and post production systems.
  • Employ effective research strategies in a variety of subject areas, such as history, politics, culture, and performing arts.
  • Demonstrate professional standard behaviour as a cooperative member of a professional creative and technical team.

Admission Requirements

English language requirements

English is the language of instruction at CapU. All applicants are required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission.

If English is not your first language or you’ve received your education in a language other than English, you must meet our English Language Requirements.

Basic requirements

  • High school graduation or
  • Successful completion of testing and/or upgrading in English or Math skills

Program-specific requirements

  • Interview
  • Essay/Letter

Additional information

  • Essay/Letter - two or three pages indicating interest in the documentary and factual entertainment field and any previous related experience (if applicable)

Program Requirements

First Term

Total credits: 18.25

CMNS 131Business Writing for Documentary3.00 credits
DOCS 101Documentary Equipment Field Use1.50 credits
DOCS 102Documentary Production I6.00 credits
DOCS 103Sound Recording for Documentary0.75 credits
DOCS 106Documentary Story Part I1.50 credits
DOCS 107Documentary Audio and Video Post-Production: Foundation1.50 credits
DOCS 108Documentary Studies3.00 credits
DOCS 109Directing the Documentary, Part I1.00 credits


Second Term

Total credits: 14.75

DOCS 108Documentary Studiescont’d
DOCS 122Documentary Production II6.00 credits
DOCS 124Advanced Lighting and Camera1.00 credits
DOCS 126Documentary Story Part II1.50 credits
DOCS 129Directing the Documentary, Part II1.00 credits
DOCS 131Documentary Producing3.00 credits
DOCS 133Sound Design for Documentary0.75 credits
DOCS 147Documentary Audio and Video Post-Production: Advanced1.50 credits


Total program credits: 33.00


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