List of Upcoming Courses


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You must join DCTV as a member before you can register for any of our courses (unless otherwise noted).  

DCTV 101

DCTV 101 is a prerequisite for all DCTV members including anyone interested in using DCTV facilities (including channel time and equipment). This workshop will provide you with an overview of DCTV’s programming policies and procedures, in addition to providing valuable insight of the many services, activities, and resources available to you. You'll learn about the history of community television and DCTV and the role you will play as a member.  We'll also discuss strategies designed to help you make the most out of your membership as well as essential tips for a successful and mutually beneficial relationship between you and DCTV. 

2019 Dates:

 DCTV 101 Orientation  Saturday  February 23  12 - 2pm
 DCTV 101 Orientation  Saturday  March 9  12 - 2pm
 DCTV 101 Orientation  Tuesday  March 19   7 - 9pm




From script development to hiring the crew, producing is the organized creative vision that drives every aspect of the production process. This course covers important basic principles, procedures, terms, and techniques used in television production. Through hands-on activities, you’ll learn the fundamentals of planning, producing, scripting, directing, and editing. Students who successfully complete Producing will be allowed to reserve field production equipment and DCTV studios.

Course Outline: 8-weeks to include studio and field production experiences

Certification: To become certified as a DCTV producer, you must produce a class project, consisting of field and studio segments and pass a written test.

Prerequisite: DCTV 101

Fee: Residents: $150 | Non-Residents of DC: $175

2019 Dates:

 Producing  Wednesdays  January 16 - March 6   7 - 9 pm
Producing  Saturdays February 9 - March 30  12 - 2 pm


In this class you’ll receive hands-on training in the behind-the-scenes technical areas of studio production and the control room including audio, switcher, character generator, teleprompter, floor directing, studio cameras, lighting and set design. After rotating through all areas, you’ll be given the opportunity to demonstrate your proficiency in each area during a class project and mock productions. 

Course Outline: 7-weeks — 6 classes, 1 studio shoot, and 1 lab session on a DCTV or volunteer show

Certification: To become certified as a studio technician, you must successfully operate studio equipment during a student production and pass a written test.

Prerequisite: Producing

Fee: Residents: $85 | Non-Residents of DC: $110

2019 Dates:

 Studio Production  Tuesdays  January 15 - February 26  7 - 9 pm


Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to direct a studio production? For those production studio aficionados who are ready to take their skills to the next level, this class is for you! We'll explore how to put together a rundown, set design, camera blocking on set, and so much more. We’ll cover terminology and situations that will prepare you for how to effectively call a show for both live productions and taped segments. By the conclusion of the class, students will have the tools, skillset and a deeper appreciation for directing a multi- camera production. 

Course Outline: 5-weeks — 4 classes, 1 lab session on a DCTV or volunteer show

Prerequisite: Producing, Studio Production

Fee: Residents: $85 | Non-Residents of DC: $110

2019 Dates:

 Directing  Wednesdays  January 30 - February 27  7-9pm


Learn one of the most valuable ways of communicating in the digital age — video. You’ll gain hands-on experience using professional-grade cameras and tripods, audio equipment, and lighting. 

Course Outline: 5-weeks — 4 classes, 1 project field project
, and 3 mandatory labs 

Certification: To become certified as a videographer, you must shoot a field project and pass a practical and written test.

Prerequisite: Producing

Fee: Residents: $85 | Non-Residents of DC: $110

2019 Dates:

 Videography  Thursdays  January 17 - February 28

 7 - 9:30pm


Once you record your video, you’ll need to know how to edit it. Students will learn the art of video editing using Adobe Premiere to read an edit decision list, apply transitions, work with B-roll, and insert music and images. Students will use pre-shot footage to create a short video project that may air on DCTV. 

Course Outline: 7-weeks — 6 classes, 6 mandatory lab hours

Certification: To become certified as an Editor, you must edit a class project and pass a written test.

Prerequisite: Producing

Fee: Residents: $180 | Non-Residents of DC: $210

2019 Dates:

 Basic Editing  Thursdays  January 17 - February 28  7 - 9pm


Want to learn how to edit like a pro? In our Advanced Editing class, we’ll revisit the skills you acquired in the Basic Editing class and show you techniques that will help take your skills to the next level! Student will learn the importance of fine-tuning the audio levels to polish their edits, incorporating third-party motion graphics and transitions to enhance the visual appeal, understanding how to sync audio to video utilizing footage shot with a DSLR camera and Zoom audio recorder, using basic color grading/correction to bring vibrancy and life to their edits, and applying the fundamentals of using the multi-cam linking function in Adobe Premiere Pro.  

Course Outline: 6-weeks — 6 classes, 3 mandatory labs and at least 2 open labs required for final project

Certification: To become certified as an Editor, you must edit a class project and pass a written test.

Prerequisite: Producing and Basic Editing

Fee: Residents: $125 | Non-Residents of DC: $150

2019 Dates:

Coming in 2019!


This course provides an overview of the world of cinematic production style. Using industry standard, professional grade, Canon 5D Mark III cameras, students will learn the basics of how to confidently operate a DSLR camera. Hands-on instruction will include 3 keys to exposure: aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balancing, composition, and camera stabilization.

Course Outline: 4-weeks, 2 mandatory labs

Certification: To become certified in DSLR, you must shoot a class project and pass a written test. 

Prerequisite: Producing and Videography

Fee: Residents:  $85 | Non-Residents of DC: $110

2019 Dates:

 Intro to DSLR  Wednesdays  January 16 - February 6  7 - 9pm