48 months
25880 USD/year
25880 USD/year
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Spelman College's Documentary Filmmaking major is uniquely designed to address the needs of the 21st century student born into a digital world where moving images, storytelling and investigating social concerns have significant currency.


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 College will develop a new, and urgently needed, generation of Black women documentary filmmakers who see the world through their histories and interests.

The new Documentary Filmmaking major is guided by distinguished faculty. The major underscores the value of a liberal arts education by supporting work that is at the intersection of visual culture, humanities and new technologies and thus expands the definition of documentary film production.


With this Documentary Filmmaking major from Spelman College, you will:

  • Develop your artistic voice and produce films with a point-of-view
  • Develop a deeper understanding of visual language and filmmaking as an art form and as a form of rhetoric
  • Learn the technical aspects of production
  • Create a dynamic storytelling experience through creative writing for documentaries
  • Develop new strategies for production in the digital age
  • Learn the business of the art form, ethics, community engagement and portfolio development

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Division of the Arts Freshman Seminar
  • Black Cinema: Contemporary Voices in Documentary Filmmaking
  • Division of the Art Sophomore Seminar
  • Digital Media Production 
  • Hollywood & Histories

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

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
  • Official TOEFL score (non-native English-speaking students only)
  • Essay
  • Non-refundable $40 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

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  • International

    25880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12940 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    25880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12940 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Atlanta

945 - 1751 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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