Master of Fine Arts


DePaul CDM Documentary Student Reel 

Film School for the Digital Age


The MFA in Documentary intends to provide aspiring documentary filmmakers with a demanding program that integrates knowledge of documentary history, styles and traditions, an affinity to research and development, varied approaches to storytelling and production, with the technological aspects that develop strong production values, effective post-production, and finally the ability to take creative work to its audiences.

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  • Anuradha Rana

    Anu’s work focuses on ideas of representation, identity, and varied perspectives in a global environment. Her award-winning films have screened internationally and she has produced, directed, and wielded camera on documentaries filmed in India, Ecuador, Japan, South Africa, and the USA.

  • Dana Kupper

    Dana has traveled the globe as a documentary cinematographer, working with highly regarded directors on films such as the Roger Ebert documentary, “Life, Itself”. Her work won a Best Cinematography award at Sundance, and has been shown on POV, Independent Lens, ESPN 30 for 30, and Frontline.

  • Susanne Suffredin

    Susanne is an editor and filmmaker whose 30-year career spans non-fiction, narrative and commercial genres with a keen emphasis on long form documentaries. Films she has edited and directed have screened at major festivals around the world including Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Tokyo, Chicago International Film Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Films include: Hoop Dreams, The Calling, @home and Count Me In.

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