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Documentary and Non-Fiction Media Production

Available: Fall

Program Description

This one-year, full-time program is designed to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to work as professionals in the varied and extensive multi-disciplinary environment of documentary and transmedia production. The program includes detailed instruction in the writing, pitching, producing, directing, shooting, editing, marketing and distribution of non-fiction content for television and internet based platforms and is delivered by award-winning professionals who are active in the industry. This unique curriculum is constructed on three, thematic pillars: editorial and creative storytelling, linear and non-linear media production, and the business of producing and distributing documentary films and non-fiction programs.



2 Semesters (8 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Your Career

The demand for the skill set required for the production of documentary and non-fiction digital programs for television, mobile devices, theatrical release and multi-platform applications is growing exponentially. The accelerated pace of change in the technology used in the production and distribution of non-fiction programming demands that graduates be highly adaptive and innovative in order to work successfully in the media production industry. Whether you aim to work as an independent filmmaker or in non-fiction television (Reality TV, Current Affairs, et al) and interactive media, this program will provide you with the requisite knowledge and tools.

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • A recognized degree or postsecondary diploma from an accredited institution.
  • English proficiency at the postsecondary level.

Applicant Selection

  • Applicants are asked to contact the program coordinator to arrange a pre-admission meeting. Details on how to book your meeting and what to bring will be mailed shortly after you apply to the program.
  • If Seneca receives your post-secondary (college or university) transcripts before you attend your meeting, we can provide you with a conditional Offer of Admission. You must attend the meeting prior to the start of the program to complete your conditions.

Additional Requirements

  • Meeting with program coordinator
  • Résumé and cover letter


  • Although not required for admission, experience in one or more of the following is recommended for your success in the program: visual arts, visual media, film, video, photography, storytelling, journalism or interactivity.

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Sunny Yi 416.491.5050 ext. 33617

Program Chair

Mark Jones 416.491.5050 ext. 33488


You’ll be mentored by award winning filmmakers and graduate ready to showcase your own short documentary film to the world. With no previous film experience required, our exclusive programs will have you industry-ready in less than one-year. Video

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network