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Documentary Filmmaking

Adult One-Week Course  Ages 18+

Produce Your Own Documentary

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 Canon HD cameras, professional audio gear, and professional editing software.

Staff Ratio: 10:1
Hardware + Software:
Canon DSLR cameras, Adobe Premiere Pro

Ages: Students 18+
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Program: Pro Series Course

Staff Ratio: 10:1
Ages: Students 18+
Hours: Full Day, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Program: Pro Series Course
Hardware + Software: Canon DSLR camera, Adobe Premiere Pro


Students are required to bring headphones. DMA is not responsible for any damaged or stolen items.

Course Information

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

What Students Learn

• Nonfiction digital-storytelling styles and cinematography.
• 
Manual camera operation.
• 
In-studio and location-based, audio-recording techniques.
• Interviewing tips, tricks and techniques.
• 
Post-production and editing with Adobe Premiere Pro.

What Students Create

• An original documentary short film.

More About This Course

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.

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.

What Students Learn

• Nonfiction digital-storytelling styles and cinematography.
• 
Manual camera operation.
• 
In-studio and location-based, audio-recording techniques.
• Interviewing tips, tricks and techniques.
• 
Post-production and editing with Adobe Premiere Pro.

What Students Create

• An original documentary short film.

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.

What Students Learn

• Nonfiction digital-storytelling styles and cinematography.
• 
Manual camera operation.
• 
In-studio and location-based, audio-recording techniques.
• Interviewing tips, tricks and techniques.
• 
Post-production and editing with Adobe Premiere Pro.

What Students Create

• An original documentary short film.

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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Camp Overview + Schedule

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

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

Tuition Includes

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

Friday Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

 

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

 

 Tuition Includes

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

Friday Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

 

Tuition Includes

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

Friday Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

 

Camp Upgrades

Get the most out of your summer with DMA when you add any or all of the following:

 

Lunch Plan

Get lunch on campus so you don’t have to pack your own. Lunch Plans start at $75/week at select locations.

Overnight Housing

Stay in the dorms and eat on-campus, Sunday through Friday. Overnight Housing is $695/week where available.

Weekend Stay

Add Weekend Stay and enjoy extra activities and day trips around the area. Weekend Stay is $395/weekend at select locations.

DMA Online

Start learning now and get ready for camp when you register for an online course! DMA Online is $95 per course.

What Students Are Saying

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

Samuel L.
Documentary Filmmaking

The DMA Promise

You can count on us to deliver on all the things that truly matter. We pinky swear.

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.

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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