Documentary Filmmaking

Film. Edit. Produce.

Tell your story. From philosophy to production, students learn fundamental to advanced nonfictional storytelling and different approaches to documentary filmmaking.

This fast-paced experience combines hands-on learning with some of the best digital filmmaking tools available today – like professional Canon® HD cameras, profess audio gear, portable lighting kits and professional production software. Find this camp near you >>


Course Details

Learn everything you need to know about Documentary Filmmaking.

Program Info

Ages: 14+
Hours: 9am – 5pm
Tuition: $1,495

Hardware + Software

Apple Computers
Adobe Premiere Pro
Canon cameras

Learning Outcomes

Nonfictional storytelling styles
Manual camera operation
Audio recording techniques
Lighting techniques
Interviewing techniques
Post-production & editing

What You Create

Students will create an original documentary short film.


Skills + Experience

Get ready for a fun and meaningful camp experience through project-based learning.

Professional Level Filmmaking & Editing Skills

Students in this course gain real world skills and experience in project planning and development as they learn how to use film to tell a story. While this course is open to beginners, by the end of the week, students will have learned professional-level filmmaking techniques using the latest in Canon camera technology and Adobe Premiere Pro editing software while building up their teamwork, project management, and problem-solving skills.

The Pro Series Experience

The Pro Series experience is designed to take students’ knowledge and passion for creation and technology to the next level. Our curriculum is infused with project based learning and design-thinking principles which encourage collaboration and curiosity throughout the course.

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Find This Camp Near You

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I learned so much in a week! I created a project I was proud of and had so much fun.

Samuel L.

Documentary Filmmaking Student


Course Overview

Take a look at your course schedule, learn more about tuition, and explore add-ons.

Sample Camp Day

8:00 am Drop-Off
Beat the traffic! Drop off anytime between 8:00 and 9:00am.
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
Learn + Understand
10:30 am Morning Break + Outdoor Activities
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
Application + Guided Practice
12:00 pm Lunch Break
Bring your own or purchase a lunch plan, available at select locations.
1:00 pm Back to Camp
Create, Test, Evaluate + Improve
2:30 pm Afternoon Break + Outdoor Activities
3:00 pm Continued Instruction + Creation
Review + Share
5:00 pm Student Pick-up
Running late? Pick up as late as 5:30pm.

Tuition Includes

Google Apps email account + unlimited cloud storage
Personalized feedback + Project Achievement Report
Certificate of Completion
Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt
Personal Apple workstation for camp
 Low staff to student ratios

Add-Ons Available at Checkout

+ Lunch: Add lunch so you don’t have to bring your own!*
+ DMA Online: Choose a course or subscribe to learn at your own pace.
+ Overnight Housing: Stay on campus Sunday to Friday – includes all meals*
+ Weekend Stay: Get ready for fun weekend activities and day trips around the area*

*Meals + Housing available at select locations >>

The DMA Difference

Discover what sets us apart from the competition and why we're the best.

Top-Notch Staff

Educators, artists, and talented industry professionals with a passion for STEM education.

Well-Balanced Experience

Our students enjoy a balanced camp day with both in-class lessons and outdoor activities.

Project-Based Learning

Our curriculum sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

Our staff is First-Aid + CPR certified and have completed national background checks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do students need to provide any of their own equipment?

No. DMA is partnered with Canon to provide high-definition cameras for this course as well as lighting, audio, and other filmmaking equipment.

Will this course offer any challenge to students with previous DMA filmmaking experience?

Yes! This course teaches professional techniques specific to documentary filmmaking, making it a natural next step for any DMA filmmaking alumni.

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