The City College of New York

Documentary Study at The City College of New York

City College offers both graduate and undergraduate courses of study through which students may pursue documentary filmmaking.

The BFA in Film and Video Production

First established in 1941 as the Institute of Film Techniques, the BFA Film & Video Program in the Department of Media & Communication Arts at CCNY is the oldest continuous film program in the country. It is the only undergraduate program in the CUNY system to offer a BFA degree in film and video. The curriculum offers a broad range of fundamental technical and critical studies courses in the art and craft of fiction and documentary production. Courses such as screenwriting, editing, and directing prepare students to produce their own 16mm film and digital video projects. In addition, students take classes in film history, theory, and aesthetics to complement their production skills. The program’s emphasis is on single-camera fiction and documentary field production.

The MFA in Media Arts Production

The mission of The MFA in Media Arts Production program is to prepare emerging media makers to navigate and prosper in the rapidly expanding field of media arts. Our faculty of award-winning independent filmmakers is dedicated to the principals of strong, original storytelling through the creation of socially meaningful, visually engaging and cost effective digital films.

This two-year MFA is the only graduate-level program of its kind, offering Documentary and Fiction tracks, in an affordable/accessible public institution. We are a diverse learning community, located in New York City - the number one media market in the world - with ready access to the finest talent, locations, organizations and production facilities.
The work of our students has been recognized by multiple student Oscars and Emmy Awards and as official selections to prestigious international film festivals including Sundance and Cannes.
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