Postgraduate Certificate On Campus

Documentary Media Studies

The New School

12 months
32452 USD/year
32452 USD/year
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The Documentary Media Studies Postgrad. Cert. program offered by The New School is an intensive professional education program for prospective documentarians.


During the Documentary Media Studies Postgrad. Cert. program offered by The New School students develop, shoot, direct, and edit an original short documentary film on a New York City-related subject. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and submit a portfolio - previous study in filmmaking is not required.

Program Highlights

Stories with Impact

Engage with pressing social issues while developing your own bold, original approach to documentary filmmaking.

Screening Opportunities

Showcase your work at our annual festival including public screenings and discussions between the filmmakers and faculty.

Scholarly Insights

Inform your production work with courses on the history and theory of documentary filmmaking.

Diverse Student Backgrounds

Collaborate with students from all walks of life who have varied educational and professional experience in communications and media fields and beyond.

Career Paths

Certificate holders are qualified to become documentary editors, field producers, cinematographers, directors, and researchers or take up related positions in media distribution, museum programming, festival organization, and broadcast productions. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Doc Talks
  • Documentary Practice
  • Documentary: Art, History, Future
  • Documentary Cinematography
  • Doc Studies Tech Lab
  • Programmatic Media & Marketing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Fall Priority Deadline: January 15
  • Applications received after the deadlines are evaluated case by case on a rolling basis.


18 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are required to apply online using The New School’s Online Application
  • The application fee is $50. The fee is paid through the online application and is non-refundable
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Résumé
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Portfolio
  • All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32452 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16226 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    32452 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16226 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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