This fall, 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 strengths in filmmaking, media and production as well as the University’s location just minutes from Chicago — a city with a long, rich history of documentary media practice and one of the nation’s documentary hubs. It will accept up to 12 students each academic year. Applications are due Feb. 15.


"The need for actuality-based images and the people who can create them is continuously multiplying," says Debra Tolchinsky, who will direct the new MFA program. "Think Google, Netflix, news outlets, companies with social media campaigns, advertising as well as conventional theaters. Documentary was once considered secondary to narrative media. Today it’s a vital part of entertainment, promotion and advocacy."


"We’ll give our students a solid foundation in traditional documentary media-making while also preparing them to look beyond the traditional and to innovate by plugging into new strategies and emerging formats," Tolchinsky adds. An award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured at Sundance and other film festivals, Tolchinsky is associate professor of radio/television/film.


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