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 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.