Documentary Filmmaking

Documentary Filmmaking

12 months
Processing time: 30 days
Application fee: $75
Intakes: January, August
International tuition: $34,288
Domestic tuition: $34,288

Program overview

The faculty is comprised of award-winning filmmakers. They attract students from all over the world, some of whom are already getting their films distributed and making an impact before they graduate. An extraordinary feature of the Academy’s curriculum is the Master Class series that offers students the priceless advantage of working directly with documentary’s working masters. Every year, throughout the program, executive level editors and producers from HBO and Discovery, and multiple Academy Award, Peabody Award, Emmy Award and top festival winning filmmakers, producers, editors and cinematographers work with our documentary students in small, intimate Master Classes. Their involvement means that students graduate not only with an indispensable education and films in their portfolio, but they also become part of a remarkable professional network.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • Duolingo English Test
Applicants must submit the following materials for admission: Completed Program Application, Application Fee, Proof of High School Completion, Creative Portfolio, Proof of English proficiency.

Non-U.S. residents or international applicants, for whom English is not the first or native language), are required to submit proof of English proficiency, in the form of:

·      NYFA requires students to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores to their Admissions Counselor or Department Chair, one week prior to the first day of class.

·      A report from a valid English Language School verifying completion of course level equivalent to a 520 Paper-based TOEFL Score.

Duolingo English Test Bachelor’s Degrees: 95 Master’s Degrees: 105

Career opportunities

As documentary films have grown in popularity, there are more career paths than ever available to the aspiring documentary filmmaker. Their alumni have gone on to serve in many of the following positions and to thrive in companies such as those below—one of the many reasons they are recognized as one of the best documentary schools around.

Campus location

Los Angeles , United States

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