Documentary Filmmaking

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

**This program is not currently accepting applications.**

The Documentary Center is an interdisciplinary program at the School of Media and Public Affairs in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

The six-month Institute for Documentary Filmmaking is the central educational offering of the Documentary Center and is both a theoretical and hands-on exploration of the documentary form.

Admission Requirements

Admission Deadline:

**This program is not currently accepting applications.**

Recommendations required:

Two (2) professional or academic recommendations

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

Statement of Purpose:

Please write three essays in response to the following questions.  Each essay should not exceed 350 words.

  1. Why do you wish to be a member of the Institute? What unique experience or attributes would make you an asset to a documentary production team? (Note that selection is based on a variety of criteria – not only on your past academic or professional experience, but also your personal interests, travel experience, and world-view.)
  2. Because the members of each Institute collectively produce a short documentary film, we are interested in learning more about your ability to work with others. Please carefully describe a significant experience in which you had to depend upon others and work in a group in a highly collaborative and intensive circumstance.
  3. Filmmaking is not a linear process and usually emerging filmmakers find themselves on uncharted and difficult roads in launching their careers.  Describe a circumstance in which you had an “epic fail” and recount what you did to overcome that failure and what you learned from that experience.  

International Applicants:

International applicants who require a student visa from GW are not eligible to apply for admission to this program.

The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 100 on the Internet-based test or 550 on the paper-based test. 

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday