The Documentary Film Program is an intensive professional training program designed for students with little or no film experience who wish to pursue a career in the challenging world of non-fiction film.

This 16-week program combines hands-on production skills, professional proposal writing, critique of historical and current trends in documentary filmmaking, and current business practices.

This program participates in the Lifetime Alumni Program which means that students who achieve certification are able to take any course in the Part time Digital Film Certificate Program for free for the rest of their life. With the Lifetime Alumni Program, graduate students can come back to upgrade their skills at no cost. For information on the policies and restrictions for the Lifetime Alumni Program please talk to Annat Kennet, Program Coordinator.

The Projects

Students direct, shoot, and edit 3 projects. The final project is a 10-minute film researched and developed throughout the program. Students own copyright to their material. Students work is often shown at the Justice Film Festival and on Shaw TV. Students also pitch their graduation project to industry professionals and produce a festival package for broadcasters and film festivals. 

Program Overview

  • Technical: Digital Cameras including DSLR, shooting techniques, directing, editing, audio and basic website production
  • Storytelling:Directing. Proposal writing to industry standards. Research and interview techniques.
  • Broadcast business and industry: Industry overview, BC Film Orientation certifcate course, pitching, financing, budgeting, Festival packages and marketing, intellectual property and distribution techniques. 
  • Critical Viewing: An overview of the art and craft of the documentary, the Canadian documentary, current trends and ethics.
Courses (360 hours): 
  • Directing Documentaries plus Pitch (33 hours)
  • A History of Documentary (9 hours)
  • The Documentary Producer plus Pitch (30 Hours)
  • Documentary Editing Techniques (27 hours)
  • Editing Filmed Exercises (44 hours)
  • Documentary Sound Recording (12 hours)
  • Documentary Camera Techniques (12 hours)
  • Proposal Writing/Proposal Lab (21 hours)
  • Proposal Pitch (4 hours)
  • Research Techniques (6 hours)
  • Camera and Lighting Shoots (40 hours)
  • Instructor: One-on-One (6 hours)
  • Project Development and Grant Production Meetings (6 hours)
  • Critique of Graduation Films (4 hours)
  • Seminars: Industry Speakers (6 hours)
  • Screenings of Student Material (6 hours)
  • Motion Picture Orientation (12 hours)
  • Camera Lab (16 hours)
  • Shooting and Editing Graduation Films (60 hours)

For more information call Annat Kennet at 604.323.5561, or email