M.F.A.-Social Documentary Film
The program is a hands-on and highly innovative pursuit designed to foster a vibrant agora of creative media that generates both social and aesthetic influence.
Working directly with some of the most relevant and inventive nonfiction storytellers and visual journalists—as faculty, mentors and collaborators— students will gain the creative and technical experience to work in the film and broadcast industries. Upon completion of their studies students will be equipped with the tools that both enable and support individual expression, while fostering filmmakers who are fluent artistically, technologically, socially and critically.
The program in Social Documentary Film provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of non-fiction filmmaking, as well as an immersion into the critical and analytical processes necessary to conceptualize and develop film projects with content of significant social relevance. This program represents the convergence of journalism, social activism and the art of filmmaking.
The first year of study offers a core curriculum devoted to mastering tools and techniques while studying the history of filmic practice as it relates to documentary. Each student will complete five- and ten-minute short documentary films. The second-year focuses on the thesis project and courses address various filmmaking concentrations such as directing, producing and editing. Each student will direct his or her thesis film and serve as a key crew member on at least one other thesis project.
Degree candidates must successfully complete 60 credits, including all required courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. A residency of two academic years is required. In the fnal semester, each student is required to complete a thesis project, which must be reviewed and approved by the thesis committee and the department chair in order for the student to be eligible for degree conferral.
Please call or visit the department or attend on of our fall information sessions (November 3rd and December 3rd) to find out more information.
School of Visual Arts
•All Graduate applicants to the Fall 2013 semester are required to complete the online application form and submit the nonrefundable $80 application fee.
•Official transcripts from each college or university attended.?Transcripts from foreign institution must be officially translated into English and U.S. grading equivalencies.
•Three letters of recommendation from instructors or practicing professionals.
•Statement of purpose (250-500 words) describing the applicant's reason for pursuing graduate study.
International Student Requirements:
Proof of English Proficiency (required of applicants whose primary language is not English)
Nonimmigrant alien applicants are required to submit documentation of sufficient financial resources to attend SVA.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Financial Aid Offered: No
Classification: Schools of Art and Music
Institution Sector: Private for-profit
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 1,000 - 4,999