About This Certificate

Study filmmaking in the world’s documentary capital. This one-year, full-time intensive graduate program prepares students for employment in documentary media professions and culminates in a student documentary festival.     
The Documentary Media Studies program at The New School provides an opportunity to study documentary filmmaking — production and theory — in a small, tightly focused program in New York City. The program culminates in a student documentary festival, Truth Be Told, at the end of each school year, at which certificate students' films are publicly screened and discussed by the filmmakers and faculty. (Festival details will be determined during the semester.)

Total Courses: 6

Price: $16,226

What You’ll Gain

  • Access to master classes with directors-in-residence
  • Public screening opportunities (TBD during the semester)

How You’ll Learn

  • Exclusive insights and instruction from documentary filmmakers and artists
  • Direct interaction with faculty practitioners at the top of their fields
  • Public presentations and mentored project development and production
  • Opportunities to engage in programs with local film institutions, centers, and festivals

Who Should Enroll

  • Anyone with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university who aspires to enter a technical documentary media profession as an editor, field producer, cinematographer, director, or researcher
  • Anyone with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university who is entering an industry position in media distribution, museum programming, festival organization, or broadcast production

Additional Details

Documentary Media Studies Certificate (Graduate)

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In the course of one year, you will develop, shoot, direct, and edit an original short documentary film. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and submit a portfolio; previous study of filmmaking is not required. Submit an application to enter the certificate program today. This certificate must be completed within one year.

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