Factual Film Development Masterclass

Factual Film Development Masterclass

Start Date: 6 February 2023

R 9 200

Course Highlights

  • Fully Accredited skills programme 
  • 24 Hours To Become an Expert in Factual Film Development (4 Hours of Theory A Week Over 4 Weeks and a 2-Day Practical)
  • Online Live Interactive Sessions 
  • Courses delivered by professionals in the field
  • 2-Day Practical Presentation Project 
  • Assignment is a portfolio of evidence

Course Overview

To develop and produce factual programmes, it is crucial to understand the requirements of commissioners to ensure that your pitch is successful. This 4-week programme will equip you with the skills you need to develop a draft proposal you can pitch to a commissioning editor. 

 The course comprises 4 theory modules delivered through live online lectures as well as a practical session where you will need to prepare and deliver your own presentation pitch..

Course Duration

The 4-week Factul Film Development Masterclass Course is made up of 2 x 1-hour live interactive theory sessions each week as well as a 2-day practical session in-studio (8-hours each day).

The course provides a high level of theoretical and practical expertise in Factual Film Development in a total of 24 hours.

How You’ll Learn

The FFDS Factul Film Development Masterclass Course theory is delivered through weekly interactive online lectures and webinars. You will also be required to complete a live practical presentation project over 2-days in-studio (either at our studio premises in Cape Town or Gauteng).

Over the course period, you would also be expected to conduct self-learning to supplement the course modules, based on content and references prescribed by your lecturers.


Upon completion of the FFDS Factual Film Development Masterclass Short Course, you will be endorsed with a statement of result and receive a certificate of completion.


The Factual Film Development Masterclass Short Course is a NQF Level 5 course and is aligned with the SAQA unit standard: https://regqs.saqa.org.za/showUnitStandard.php?id=114556. The course counts for 7 credits.

Factual Film Development Masterclass – Course Modules
The course comprises 4 theory modules and a practical presentation assignment, detailed as follows:

Theory Modules:

  • Understanding the requirements of a broadcaster or streaming platform 
  • Learn what commissioners are looking for 
  • What you will need to present for a successful pitch
  • Identifying opportunities for factual content 
  • Identifying target audience and platform 
  • Refining your idea or story pitch
  • The 3 stages of production 
  • Pre-production planning 
  • Scripting the pilot 
  • Budgeting and Scheduling
  • Deconstructing successful pitch decks 
  • Preparing your presentation 
  • Presentation Skills 
  • Managing Feedback

A 2-day in-studio presentation (8 hours each day)

  • Day 1 & 2 – Prepare and Deliver a Presentation Pitch
    You will need to prepare and deliver a presentation as if you were pitching a project to a commissioning editor. You will need to clearly outline your project, including pre-production, rough pilot scripting outlines, as well as production budgets and timings.

    You will be able to choose any topic for your presentation, however, will be encouraged to select an area that aligns with your preferred area of factual film interest.

    This is your opportunity to apply the knowledge and insights you have learnt through the theory modules.
    Day 2 – Feedback And Assessment

The FFDS panel will assess your presentation and you will gain structured lecturer feedback and input.

You will also receive detailed direction on how to improve the pitch presentation and will also receive a formal assessment of your event.

Next Steps and How to Start

Here’s what you need to do, to become an expert in Factual Film Development,

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3

1. Download and complete our FFDS Enrolment Form (on www.ffds.co.za)
2. Submit the completed enrolment form and all necessary documents to us (info@ffds.co.za)
3. We will contact you to finalise fee payment and confirm your course commencement date

Once everything has been confirmed, you start your learning journey to becoming an expert in 24 hours!

Course Details

Course: Factual Film Development Masterclass

Duration: 4 Weeks

Credits: 10

Price: R 9 200

Payment Options

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