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Documentary Filmmaking, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Atlanta, TX, United States
Spelman College's documentary filmmaking major is uniquely designed to address the needs of the 21stcentury student born into a digital world where moving images, storytelling and investigating social concerns have significant currency.
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Overview

While documentary filmmaking has exploded internationally over the last twenty years, it is rare that one sees women of African descent at the helm in this field. Through its documentary film program, Spelman will develop a new, and urgently needed, generation of Black women documentary filmmakers who see the world through their histories and interests.

The major is an outgrowth of the Digital Moving Image Salon (DMIS), which was founded in 2003 by award-winning filmmaker Ayoka Chenzira, Ph.D. DMIS taught students to analyze films and use digital media tools to produce documentary films that focus on the lived experiences of women of color, the filmmaking program merged traditional documentary film strategies with emerging approaches to create new forms of storytelling; and it also explores new exhibition and distribution possibilities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Division of the Arts Freshman Seminar
  • Intro to Documentary Filmmaking
  • Black Cinema: Contemporary Voices in Documentary Filmmaking
  • Division of the Art Sophomore Seminar
  • Producing & Directing Documentaries I
  • Division of the Arts Junior Seminar
  • Photographic Visions
  • Basic Lighting Techniques

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL®PBT score:

  • Minimum required score:

    500

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the english language.

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General Requirements

  • Completed application for admission through the Common Application
  • Two teacher recommendations
  • Official high school and/or college transcript(s); if not in English, an official translation is needed
  • Essay
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Copy of completed application for your files
  • Official SAT or ACT scores
  • Affidavit of financial support (in U.S. dollars)
  • Copy of passport with Visa and I-94 card
  • School leaving certificate  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24382 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12191 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24382 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12191 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Atlanta

  • 945 - 1760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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