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Documentary Media (MFA)

Documentary Media MFA program
Program Overview

Format: Full-time, two-year

Degree Earned: Master of Fine Arts

Bridging the traditions of documentary practice with emerging approaches to non-fiction storytelling, this interdisciplinary program brings together students to explore documentary forms and strategies in the making of new documentary work. Working alongside artists, scholars and media professionals, students engage with the histories and theories of documentary, while working with the tools needed to complete their own major creative projects.

Our graduates may be found in diverse occupations including film and television production companies, arts administration, and freelance careers as filmmakers, photographers and new media producers. Other graduates have pursued studies at the PhD level and careers in education.

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At a Glance

  • Completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00/4.33 (B or equivalent) in the last two years of study
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be academic
  • PDF portfolio submission
  • 24/7 access to graduate labs/equipment
  • Extensive camera, sound and studio resources
  • Digital editing, printing and scanning facilities
  • Analogue resources

Professional experience

The DocNow Festival presents the thesis work of students in the program. Students collaborate on a citywide festival featuring screenings, exhibitions and events exploring a wide range of subjects and celebrating their creative achievements.

Program Administrator

Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 2763

Graduate Studies Admissions Office

11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

How to Apply

Once you’ve chosen your desired program(s), preparing your application requires careful research and planning. 

Financing Your Studies

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Finding a Supervisor

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