Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts
School of Motion Picture Arts
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.
Tuition and Fees Per Year
Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.
Total program credits: 33.00
May 2, 2017 - Aug 7, 2018
Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts
Jul 9, 2018
Fee Payment Deadline
Aug 27, 2018 4 p.m.
May 1, 2018 - Aug 6, 2019
Note: Dates are subject to change.
BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent; or Mature Student status with successful completion of testing and/or upgrading in English or Math skills
Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.
Applicants will provide a two or three page essay/letter indicating their interest in the documentary and factual entertainment field and any previous related experience (if applicable).
For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf).