Master of Fine Arts in Documentary

Master of Fine Arts in Documentary

The Master of Fine Arts in Documentary will launch as a cohort based program in Fall 2016. The MFA in Documentary prepares future documentary filmmakers by providing a foundation in documentary history, traditions, storytelling and production techniques, as well as innovative and emerging styles and techniques of interactive documentaries. This also is the preferred degree for those who wish to teach at the university level.

MFA Application Process

Final Application Deadline: March 1st, 2018.

Priority Deadline: December 15th, 2017.

Start Date: All students admitted into the MFA program must begin their studies in the following fall quarter. (Students may not begin the program in the winter, spring, or summer quarters.)

The steps in applying for the MFA are as follows:

  • Complete an online application.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended that show the successful completion of a regionally accredited bachelor's degree with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript Request a free electronic transcript .
    • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from people who can attest to your artistic abilities, commitment, work ethic and creative potential.
  • Submit a resume indicating your professional experience.
  • Submit a portfolio that includes written and media work.
  • Submit a statement of creative intent.

Statement of creative intent and portfolio must be submitted within the online application.

Letters of recommendation should be emailed to or sent via mail to:
CDM Office of Graduate Admission
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

All submitted applications materials (including portfolio) will become part of your application file and cannot be returned. Please retain your own copy.

Required Portfolio Items

  • Media sample of past documentary work (2 minute excerpt, no reels). If no past documentary (visual/audio) available, students will be given a documentary assignment that can be submitted instead.
  • Three idea pitches on topics of social justice, historical, environmental, biography, etc. (2-3 sentences each, max.).
  • Statement of Creative Intent.

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CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm

(312) 362-8714