MFA in Documentary Media

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Our students are diverse, driven, multi-faceted media-makers. Some create social-impact documentaries, others blend fiction and nonfiction. Still others embrace emerging technologies. Grounded in documentary, our program promotes experimentation with hybrid techniques and the latest distribution platforms. The goal? To obtain work in telling stories that matter, in the form that best reflects the content.

Our faculty includes award-winning filmmakers whose work has reached international audiences at festivals, in cinemas, galleries, online, and on television. Our visiting artists include documentary luminaries such as Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies), Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing), Steve James (Hoop Dreams), Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson) and Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro). Our equipment and facilities include top-of-the-line cameras, lighting, editing suites, and a brand-new soundstage/recording studio.

2017 MFA in Documentary Media Thesis Trailer from MFA Doc Media – Northwestern on Vimeo.

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