Documentary filmmaking is exploding. The top three grossing documentaries of 2018 brought in nearly $50 million at the box office, and doc series are all the rage on streaming platforms such as Netflix and Hulu.
To meet the demand for documentary filmmakers, the Newmark J-School has launched a new specialization as part of our existing M.A. in Journalism program. It allows students to learn all aspects of documentary production while focusing on producing a single doc project over the course of their study.
In the first semester, documentary students take the same courses as other master’s degree candidates, and they also pick a subject concentration. The curriculum splits off in the second and third semesters with more intensive classes and fewer electives to let doc students dive into their projects. Additionally, students who are accepted into the documentary specialization can fulfill half of their summer internship requirement of 280 hours by completing up to 140 hours on a documentary film, under the supervision of their doc mentor. To receive the 3 academic credits required for their summer internship, students must complete the other 140 hours through a part-time summer internship.
To participate in the documentary specialization, students can either apply directly during the admissions process for the M.A. in Journalism or transfer in after the first semester.
Watch highlights of films by our students