Documentary Film, M.A. | Wake Forest University | Winston-Salem, United States
24 months
38650 USD/year
38650 USD/year
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The MFA in Documentary Film at Wake Forest University offers students an immersive and challenging 2-year terminal degree program with online and on-campus classes.  


Key Features

The Documentary Film program at Wake Forest University equips students with the skill set needed to produce professional quality films, and provides a respect for the traditions of the craft, an understanding of the economic aspects of the industry, and the intellectual discipline required to translate a creative vision into film.

While this is certainly a skills intensive curriculum, it is also a plan of study that emphasizes the social awareness elements that lie at the heart of the documentary tradition. We, as a faculty, believe it is imperative to impart to students the power and responsibility documentary filmmakers have in a world increasingly dependent on the moving image as a way to educate, inform, and effect change.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Documentary Field Production
  • Advanced Post Production Techniques
  • Cinematography and Sound
  • Documentary History
  • Documentary Law and Ethics
  • Documentary Pre-Production Planning
  • Entrepreneurship Education in Non-fiction Filmmaking
  • Fundamentals of Documentary Editing
  • Imagination Project
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum
  • Producing, Directing and Writing Documentary
  • Post Production Techniques
  • Research Methods in Documentary
  • Teaching Practicum
  • Writing for Documentary

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH



Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • Each application, whether from a domestic or international applicant, is evaluated and considered on its own merits and academic qualifications. Consideration is also given to previous research experience, publications, and work performance.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examinations
  • Applicants whose native language is not English, but English was the primary medium of instruction at the public, undergraduate, or graduate school level, should include an official statement from their degree granting institution confirming that English was the medium of instruction. Once this statement has been received, the Graduate School will confirm by email or written document that the English requirement has been met.

Tuition Fee

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  • National

    38650 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 38650 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Winston-Salem

864 - 1409 USD /month
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