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.
Spring – November 1 is the priority deadline for applicants who wish to enroll in the tuition payment plan. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
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.
International applicants who require a student visa from GW are not eligible to apply for admission to this program.
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 – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday