List of Upcoming Courses


Can't get into a class because it's SOLD OUT or do you have suggestions for a class you would like to see offered? Fill out this form and we'll be in touch. Stay tuned for more classes in 2019!

Need assistance signing up for a class or would you like to speak to someone about classes or membership? Give us a call at 202-526-7007 xt.124 or email


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. 


All DCTV 101 classes for 2018 have been completed. 

We'll see you in 2019!



Chances are you have tons of photos and videos on your phone, tablet or computer that could be produced into a great story. Whether you interested in capturing your family history, revisiting a significant event in your life, or simply sharing a story with your community; digital storytelling can be a powerful communications tool to have in your media toolbox.   

In this hands-on course, we will learn how to craft a short story using digital media including images, sound and video to bring it to life. The course will be interactive with software and old fashion creativity. Participants will have weekly assignments designed to enhance and support the in-class instructional. Students will produce their own individual projects. 

Course Outline: 3-weeks to include 1 lab experience

Certification: None

Prerequisite: No previous video or editing experience is required. 

Fee: Residents: $25 | Non-Residents of DC: $35 





Digital Storytelling


January 28 - February 11

7 - 9pm



From script development to hiring the crew, producing is the organized creative vision that drives every aspect of the production process. Learn the basic principles, procedures, terms, and techniques of television production. This course covers important fundamentals of planning, producing, scripting, directing and editing for television. Students who successfully complete Producing will be allowed to reserve field production equipment and DCTV studios, with the help of DCTV certified technicians.

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


From digital cameras to audio and lighting equipment, a studio technician operates and maintains a wide variety of equipment used in television production programs. 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 will 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


Learn one of the most valuable ways of communicating in the digital age: videography. Receive hands-on training in field production techniques (camera, audio, and lighting) through hands-on experiences. 

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 - 9pm


This course teaches the basics of video editing by understanding editing theory and learning practical applications using industry standard software. Learn how to capture footage working from edit decision lists, apply transitions and music and create text. In Basic Editing, you will use pre-shot footage, as well as edit student projects that will air on DCTV channels.

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!


DCTV’s new Basic DSLR Production class is an introductory course into the world of cinematic production style. Using industry standard, professional grade, Canon 5D Mark III, students will learn the basics of how to confidently operate a DSLR camera. You'll learn lessons including setting 3 keys to exposure: aperture, shutter speed and 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 Mondays January 8 - February 5 7 - 9pm