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Northwestern University will launch documentary media program


The Northwestern University is set to launch a documentary program in Fall 2014. The two-year program will emphasize production and storytelling across media. Applications are due on February 15, 2014.

In fall 2014, Northwestern University will launch a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program in Documentary Media. With an emphasis on the crosspollination of documentary and narrative and on the use of traditional and emerging forms, the two-year professional program will differ from other MFA programs.

The new program will build on Northwestern’s faculty experience in filmmaking, media and production as well as the University’s location close to Chicago; a city with a long history of documentary media practice. The documentary program will have up to 12 students each academic year.

By the time Northwestern MFA candidates complete the two-year program, at minimum, they will have built a portfolio of work that includes one short documentary as well as one fiction film and one interactive project that either use documentary techniques or are rooted in actuality.

In the course of the program, each MFA candidate will have access to a guaranteed $5,000 grant to help produce a thesis project; first-class technical facilities and equipment; internship opportunities in Chicago, Los Angeles or New York; and a network of colleagues, consisting of the program’s faculty and visiting artists.

The new program will stress collaboration. Students will travel in unison through six core courses, encouraging them to work together and look to one another for feedback, crewing and creative support.

For more about the program or to apply, visit Northwest University’s site on their MFA in Documentary Media.

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