Introduction to Documentary Production

Film and Video


9 Weeks


Share meaningful stories with a knowledge of how to produce a documentary and carve your way for the story you have always wanted to tell.


Documentary production is a growing and exciting field in the South African film and TV Industry. There are so many wonderful and exciting stories to be told about our country and the people living in it. With the rise of cheaper film production equipment, documentary production is now available to anyone with an understanding of how to produce a good documentary. This course will set you on your way to that story you have always wanted to tell.

Subject Matter Expert

Nicky Newman is a documentary producer and director. She has been making documentary films for 25 years and her films have been screened in documentary film festivals all over the world. In addition to being a prolific filmmaker, she also teaches documentary production at CityVarsity.

Course and Technical Requirements

In order to get the full benefit from this course, you require the following:

  • Computer/Laptop/Tablet
  • Stable internet connection
  • Firefox/Microsoft Edge/Chrome web browser (latest version)
  • Adobe Acrobat, or similar PDF viewer
  • Microsoft Word/Pages (ability to export documents as PDF files)
  • Email/Cell phone for notifications and communication
  • Ability to scan and upload documents

Learning Approach

Our online short learning programmes are broken into self-paced manageable modules designed to be interactive and engaging:

  • The programme is available to be viewed on smart devices and includes mobile, tablets and personal computers.
  • Relevant case studies, articles and recommended reading are part of supplementary resources available.
  • Apply and evaluate what you have learned in each module with the self-grading quizzes and assignment submissions
  • View a range of Introductory course videos by your Subject Matter Expert.
  • Scheduled live webinars are included with the Online Academic Tutor.
  • Network, collaborate and interact with your fellow participants and Online Academic Tutor via the discussion boards.


Upon successful completion of your course, you will be awarded a CityVarsity Online certificate.

Module Breakdown

Orientation Module

Collection or Library

Mixing in Time and Key

Mixing Gain, EQ, Filters and FX

Signal Flow

Planning Sets

Performance and Professionalism


Learning Support

With the freedom that online education brings, CityVarsity Online students can upskill in their own time, from almost anywhere on earth. Well, anywhere where the internet is accessible, that is. But although our students may roam far and wide, they are never far out of our minds.

Each course is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready and waiting to guide and assist their learners throughout their learning experience. The Online Academic Tutor, who is assigned to your course, is trained to build each student up to reach their fullest potential. Students can expect their Online Academic Tutor to answer questions, offer advice and provide further clarification on any academic aspects.

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