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More Than a Doc Program

“The MFA program was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I learn more than I could have ever hoped for, I met long lasting friends and collaborators and fell in love with learning because of the amazing professors.”

– Jesseca Simmons, Class of 2016

  • We’re part of Northwestern University, a world-renowned research institution that encourages cross-departmental collaboration and offers fertile ground for inspiration and expression.
  • Our first-class facilities and equipment include professional cameras, lighting and sound equipment, computer labs, a top-tier soundstage, film studios with 180-degree cycloramas, full lighting grids, and an extensive film library.
  • Each cohort of students forms a close-knit creative community, laying the foundation for a network of lifelong partnerships.
  • Students interact with film industry professionals through visiting artists and our Mentorship Board of respected filmmakers.
  • Northwestern alumni are known not only for their high-profile successes in film, stage, and television, but also for their willingness to help emerging graduates. Graduates can also take advantage of the prestigious Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance.
  • Our lakefront campus offers immediate access to Chicago, a city with a vibrant documentary scene, film festivals, amazing theatre, fiery politics, world-class art, colorful neighborhoods, and complex characters — all prime fodder for documentary-based work.