The School of Visual Arts’ MFA program in documentary filmmaking provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of nonfiction filmmaking, as well as an immersion into the critical and analytical processes necessary to conceptualize and develop significant, socially relevant film projects. This program represents the convergence of journalism, social activism and the art of filmmaking.
Within the broad spectrum, a documentary film can be personal, revolutionary, engaging, funny, political and more; simply put, social documentary films tell us more about ourselves and the world we inhabit. Working with documentarians at the top of their field as teachers and mentors in a collaborative think-tank environment, the MFA Documentary Film program at SVA will not only teach students how to tell a story; it will guide them towards lifelong careers in filmmaking.
The first year of study offers a core curriculum devoted to exploring the past, present and future of the art of documentary film while mastering tools and techniques needed to tell compelling stories. In the first year each student will complete a few documentary shorts. During the entire second year the student focuses on their thesis film, and courses are designed to support them in their production. Each student will direct and edit his or her own thesis film and serve as a key production crewmember on at least one other thesis project.
Core courses in directing, producing, editing, visionary journalism, cinematography and sound are taught by some of the most significant filmmakers in documentary today. Additionally, a weekly Process & Style screening and lecture series will welcome yet more voices from the field. Visit http://www.mfasocdoc.sva.edu for a full list of faculty and guest lecturers.
The department is located in the heart of Manhattan on 21st Street and 6th Avenue, and houses an HD theater, two additional classrooms/work rooms, state of the art editing suites, a film and text library and voice over recording room. In addition to the department space, each student has access to the latest HD video cameras, lighting and sound equipment.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis until August 2010.
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