List of Upcoming Courses

 


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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 membership@dctv.org.


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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 2-hour workshop will provide you with an overview of DCTV’s programming policies and procedures, in addition to providing valuable insight to the many services, activities, and resources available with your membership. 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. 

2018 Dates: 

  • Saturday, June 23    12-2pm

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THE WRITE STUFF: MUSIC & MATERIALS CLEARANCES 

For content creators, choosing the right music and materials can make or break a storyline, scene, segment, or even an entire production. For independent producers or students who do not have the budget or time obtaining properly licensed popular music and materials can be an especially difficult and daunting task. 

In this one-day course, we’ll debunk some of the common myths and misconceptions and learn facts about music and materials licensing. Tami Willis-Arasli, former VP Original Production and Programming Centric/BET Networks and Executive Producer, A/way Productions Group, will help you learn the write stuff and share best practices on obtaining proper music and materials licensing for distribution.

Course Outline: 1 day, 2 hours

Certification: None

Prerequisite: None; no previous video experience is required.

Fee:  Residents & Non-Residents: FREE & Open to Non-DCTV Members

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 7-9pm

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FINDING YOUR VOICE: ON-AIR TALENT

Have you ever thought of hosting your own show or being on-camera talent? From being an on-camera host, talent, voiceover artist or actor, we’ll explore some of the tricks and trades of the industry. 

Whether you’re new to the business or already pursuing your craft, let us give you a warm welcome with this workshop. In this one-day course, Rhett Butler, a DC-based communications strategist and multi-hyphenate entrepreneur will share with us his successful journey in media and sports entertainment and impart some valuable life lessons and tips he’s learned along the way. 

Course Outline: 1 day, 2 hours

Certification: None

Prerequisite: None; no previous video experience is required.

Fee:  Residents & Non-Residents: FREE & Open to Non-DCTV Members 

Date: Thursday, June 21, 7-9pm

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FUNNY BUSINESS: COMEDY WRITING 

Being in the funny business is actually a very serious business. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career as a comedian, a comedic actor, comedy writer or even if you’re simply interested in infusing humor into your creative content, comedy can be a powerful tool that brings people together and turns frowns into smiles.

This hands-on, one-day course will introduce participants to the world of comedy writing and will feature best practices, tips and interactive class experiences. Comedian, actor and producer, Tommy Taylor, Jr., will share experiences from his journey and best practices in using humor as a powerful communications tool. 

Course Outline: 1 day, 2 hours

Certification: None

Prerequisite: None; no previous video experience is required.

Requirements: Creativity and a good sense of humor are strongly encouraged. 

Fee:  Residents & Non-ResidentsFREE & Open to Non-DCTV Members 

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 7-9pm

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CREATING A WEB SERIES FROM THE MAKERS OF GROWN, THE WEB SERIES

Chances are you’ve gone on the web to watch just one episode of your favorite web series only to find hours later, you’ve binge-watched an entire season. 

Have you ever thought about creating your own web series? From popular web series like Awkward Black Girl to Broad City, web series are a very in-demand method of creating content that often requires less cost, less specialized equipment and less time than traditional television or filmmaking. 

In this one-day session, we’ll hear from Janea West, the Creator/Writer/Executive Producer, as well as cast and crew members of the DC-based web series, GROWN. The team will share with us their behind-the-scenes takeaways, experiences, and advice to others wishing to explore the art of creating a web series. Attendees will also get a first look of the pilot episode of the series.

Course Outline: 1 day, 2 hours

Certification: None

Prerequisite: None; no previous video experience is required.

Fee:  Residents & Non-Residents: FREE & Open to Non-DCTV Members

Date: Thursday, June 28, 7-9pm

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CORE CLASSES

PRODUCING

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

2018 Dates:

Tuesday, July 24th – September 11th    7pm-9:30pm

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STUDIO TECHNICIAN

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

2018 Dates:

Coming Soon!


VIDEOGRAPHY

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

2018 Dates:

Thursday, August 2nd  – September 13th    7-9:30pm

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BASIC EDITING

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, 7 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

2018 Dates:

Monday, July 30  – September 17th    7-9pm


ADVANCED EDITING

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 lab hours 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

2018 Dates:

Wednesday, August 1st  – September 5th    7-9pm

 


BASIC DSLR

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

2018 Dates:

Coming Soon!


ADVANCED DSLR

Are you ready to take your DSLR skills to the next level? Our Advanced DSLR class will help build upon the knowledge you learned in the Basic DSLR class while focusing on the art of creating a more cinematic and dynamic story.  

Students will learn how to visualize and practice new composition techniques, how to implement advanced focusing skills, and how to develop and execute cinematic stylized camera movement. Whether you’re creating a short documentary or a character-driven narrative, the advanced DSLR techniques you’ll learn will help change your storytelling telling perspective. 

Course Outline: 8-weeks, 2 mandatory labs

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

Prerequisite: Producing, Videography and Intro to DSLR

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

2018 Dates:

Wednesday, August 1st  – September 19th    7-9pm