Tell impactful stories with moving images and sound. Expand your skills from still photography to produce short documentary films.

Produce your own short documentary film

This course will introduce you to the technical skills and narrative possibilities of working with moving pictures. You will learn to work with moving images and sound to make your own short film.
You will be given individual coaching before, during and after the production of your documentary film.


This course enables you to:


  • research, plan and produce your own short documentary film from A to Z.

  • develop original story concepts.

  • record video and sound of professional quality, including interviews.

  • create a strong narrative on the basis of your sound and video recordings.

  • post-produce and edit video and sound on the basis of the narrative.

  • apply ethical and journalistic standards, including gaining access and subject releases.

  • collaborate with a crew/team.

Course consists of:


Workshop 1: Presentations by inspirational media sector professionals and practical training in video recording and editing.
Field work: A period between workshops for you to produce your documentary project and receive personal coaching.
Workshop 2: Your documentary film is completed and evaluated.

Credits: 10 ECTS

Exam: You will hand in your final documentary film and a reflection report approximately 5 weeks after the final workshop. The course conclude with an oral exam via Skype, where your project will be evaluated and you will recieve your final grade.

Course programme (coming soon):

​​​​​​This course is for:


  • Trained photographers, who have the ambition to expand their skill set from producing still images to producing short documentary films


  • Journalist and other communication professionals working in the media, organizations or NGOs who wants to communicate effectively to their audience with the use of visual stories.


For more information write to Torben Nielsen at Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX):


To apply you must have a combination of:


  • a relevant academy professional degree (a 2-year professionally oriented higher education within the fields of communication, journalism or photography)

  • a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience after you have finished your studies.

If you do not meet these criteria, or are uncertain whether you do, you can contact Dina Riis Egholm at to find out more alternative ways to admission.

Language requirements

This course is taught in English. You must have a good command of the English language, both written and oral.

Required skills and portfolio

To attend this course you must have knowledge and practical experience with manual photography and journalistic content gathering.


Your application should include:

• Statement of personal motivation. Why do you want to attend the course? (500 characters max.)
• Short personal bio and CV with details on your background and experience (2500 characters max.)
• Short introduction to the video story you plan to produce on the workshop (2500 characters max.)
• A series of still images (max.12) that tell a story using your visual language.

• Relevant diplomas, transcripts and course certificates

• A copy of your passport

Important note

The selection of participants for the course is based on the portfolio, experience, motivation and career goals of the applicants. All applicants will receive either a confirmation or rejection of participation no later than 10. September 2018.

Practical information

For the workshop and production phase you must be able to provide your own equipment. As a minimum you will need: 

  • A digital camera with video recording capabilities (1080p/Full HD)

  • An external harddrive (1TB min.) 

  • A laptop for editing. 

You are very welcome to bring any additional equipment with you.

For the first component of the workshop at DMJX you will be introduced to various technical equipment for professional video production such as different microphones, recorders, filters and stabilizers. The school will provide this equipment for the in-class sessions. 

During the field production phase you will work with your own equipment entirely. 

Photo by Søren Pagter / DMJX

We do not offer this course at the moment
For questions please contact Dina Riis Egholm

The Danish School of Media and Journalism
Emdrupvej 72
2400 Copenhagen NV
€ 2700
Price does not include accommodation or travel.



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