Learn to create, market and distribute feature-length documentaries in this 2-year program
Learn to create, market and distribute feature-length documentaries in this 2-year program

»M.F.A. in Documentary Filmmaking

Passion with a purpose—that’s the quality that drives documentary filmmakers.

If that defines you—a desire to tell compelling stories about the world’s most difficult problems, to probe the greatest thinkers and trends of our time, to make a difference in ways that matter—then the M.F.A. in Documentary Filmmaking program is the place where you will can develop and nurture your documentary storyteller voice.

If you have the passion, we will help you identify and develop the stories you want to tell—to observe, advocate, explore or express. Whatever your interests, working in documentary film can carry you into an exciting new world of meaning and purpose.

What makes our program unique is a focus on feature-length documentary storytelling and on the marketing and distribution strategies that will get your work seen—because reaching people with your work is why documentaries matter. The M.F.A. in Documentary Filmmaking has been designed to jumpstart your career in feature documentary.

In Dodge College, you will get hands-on production experience, learn about the history and aesthetics of the documentary form, study documentary genres, and learn how to develop compelling, original content through a rigorous, interdisciplinary research and development process.

You will see the world as you never have before as you explore the ethics and politics of representing real people on film. You will discover your own strengths and develop new ones as you learn to use the tools of producing, cinematography, editing and sound to tell your stories effectively.

+-Degree Requirements

Requirements for the degree

Complete 48 credits at the 500 or 600 level.

Successfully complete a two-part thesis project.

Pass an oral defense of the thesis project.

core requirements (39 credits)

DOC 517

Documentary Production I

3

DOC 521

The Documentary Tradition

3

DOC 526

Documentary Research Methodology

3

DOC 551

Contemporary Issues in Feature Documentary

3

DOC 578

Documentary Storytelling: Editing

3

DOC 601

Documentary Storytelling: Cinematography and Sound

3

DOC 617

Documentary Production II

3

DOC 663

Writing the Documentary

3

DOC 670

New Documentary Forms

3

DOC 697

Thesis Production

6

DOC 698

Thesis Post-Production

6

electives (6 credits)

DOC 503

Producing Reality Television

3

DOC 516

Expedition Documentary

3

DOC 523

Trans-Cultural Documentary

3

DOC 541

Investigative Journalism

3

DOC 545

Wildlife and Environmental Filmmaking

3

DOC 559

Documentary Marketing and Distribution

3

DOC 575

International Documentary Pre-Production

3

DOC 576

International Documentary Production

3

DOC 577

International Documentary Post-Production

3

DOC 580

Community Voices: Documentary Workshop

3

DOC 589

Cross-Cultural Documentary

3

 

Total credits

 

48

+-Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate mastery of documentary directing and storytelling skills, including the ability to visually and aurally tell a coherent and engaging story with a clear argument about real-world subjects and/or events.

  2. Students will demonstrate mastery of documentary craft skills including shooting, editing, and sound recording, and the associated technology required for each.

  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions about representational and ethical matters regarding the subjects and/or events presented in their documentary work.

  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to fully and effectively research and develop their documentary projects prior to production.

+-Faculty

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Online Info Session

Interested in learning more about the M.F.A. in Documentary Filmmaking? Dodge College is offering an online info session on Thursday, November 6 from noon - 1 p.m.

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Applying Internationally?

Due to new government regulations, we are unable to accept international students into this program for Fall 2015. We hope to be able to accept international students starting Fall 2016, so please check back with us next year.