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Fine Arts Documentary Film and Video

Stanford University

24 months
56487 USD/year
56487 USD/year
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The Fine Arts Documentary Film and Video offered by Stanford University is designed to prepare students for professional careers in film, video, and digital media. Graduates are qualified to teach at the university level. The philosophy of the program is predicated on a paradigm of independent media that values artistic expression, aesthetics, social awareness, and an articulated perspective. 


Key facts

Students become conversant with the documentary tradition as well as with alternative media and new directions in documentary. In addition to the training in documentary production, students graduate from the program with substantive research skills in film criticism and film analysis. The Fine Arts Documentary Film and Video program is offered at Stanford University.

The non-production courses provide an intellectual and theoretical framework within which creative work is realized. The dual emphasis on production and theory classes fully prepares the student to undertake an academic position that typically requires the teaching of both film studies and media production.

Size of the Program

The Department admits 8 students each year to this program.

Time to Completion

Two years; students are required to be in residence at Stanford for the full two years of the program.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Documentary M.F.A. Thesis Seminar I
  • Documentary M.F.A. Thesis Seminar II
  • Film/Video Writing and Directing
  • Nonfiction Film Production
  • Digital Video
  • Advanced Documentary Directing
  • Advanced Video Production
  • Producing Practicum
  • Theories of the Moving Image
  • Documentary Issues and Traditions
  • International Documentary
  • Documentary Perspectives I

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


45 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

To apply for admission to the Art History coterminal M.A. program, students must submit the Coterminal Online Application and the following:

  • Statement of Purpose (up to 1000 words, double-spaced)
  • Current unofficial transcript
  • Coterminal Online Application
  • Preliminary Master’s Program Proposal; this is a form in the application packet. Specify at least 45 units of course work relevant to the degree program with at least 40 units in Art History.
  • Two letters of recommendation from Stanford faculty familiar with the student’s academic work, one of which must be from an Art History faculty member.

Tuition Fee

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    56487 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 56487 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Stanford

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

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


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