Find Your Filmmaking Home

With an established track record of success in documentary film production and education, the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University offers you two graduate degree options:

Two-year Masters in Fine Arts in Documentary Film

One-year Masters of Arts in Sports Media & Storytelling


We are currently accepting applications for your 2023 start!
Regular Deadline is March 15


A Home to Documentary Film Experts

The Documentary Film Program (DFP) is not only the home to full-time faculty members with decades of industry experience! The DFP is proud to have accomplished visiting filmmakers every semester that offer students education in the latest industry knowledge and trends. Learn more about current and past program visitors.

A Home to Award-Winning Student Work

Our graduate programs in documentary film are hands-on experiences where students learn the technical aspects of filmmaking and storytelling as they craft short films as part of the curriculum. These thesis films have consistently achieved success in film festivals and within the industry. To see the variety of films that have been made at the DFP, please read more here.


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😍 L ➜ R: Sony Z90, Sony FS5, Sony FS7 fitted with a Rokinon 35mm full frame lens (T1.5), and our newest camera, the Sony FX6.

Interested in becoming a filmmaker and seeing what you can create with access to professional equipment like this? DFP students get their hands on some of the best cameras in the biz! 🎥✨

We are now accepting applications for our 2023 semester (regular deadline is March 15).

Learn more and apply now >> documentary.wfu.edu

😍 L ➜ R: Sony Z90, Sony FS5, Sony FS7 fitted with a Rokinon 35mm full frame lens (T1.5), and our newest camera, the Sony FX6.

Interested in becoming a filmmaker and seeing what you can create with access to professional equipment like this? DFP students get their hands on some of the best cameras in the biz! 🎥✨

We are now accepting applications for our 2023 semester (regular deadline is March 15).

Learn more and apply now >> documentary.wfu.edu

We are excited to announce the official premiere of ANDREW AFTER ANGOLA, the thesis film from Will LaCalle (MFA '21), this Tuesday, January 31 at the Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival (@cotbfilmfest) in Lafayette, Louisiana.

“After his release from a life sentence for a crime he committed at the age of 15, Andrew Hundley founded a re-entry program to help former prisoners rebuild their lives. With empathy and intimate access, ANDREW AFTER ANGOLA explores the hardships of reintegration into society after incarceration, and Andrew’s deep desire to help others."

Follow @generatepics for more info about ANDREW AFTER ANGOLA, including where you can screen it as it makes its rounds on the festival circuit.

#ANDREWAFTERANGOLA #wfualumni

We are excited to announce the official premiere of ANDREW AFTER ANGOLA, the thesis film from Will LaCalle (MFA '21), this Tuesday, January 31 at the Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival (@cotbfilmfest) in Lafayette, Louisiana.

“After his release from a life sentence for a crime he committed at the age of 15, Andrew Hundley founded a re-entry program to help former prisoners rebuild their lives. With empathy and intimate access, ANDREW AFTER ANGOLA explores the hardships of reintegration into society after incarceration, and Andrew’s deep desire to help others."

Follow @generatepics for more info about ANDREW AFTER ANGOLA, including where you can screen it as it makes its rounds on the festival circuit.

#ANDREWAFTERANGOLA #wfualumni

Space matters. And what better place for storytellers to learn their craft than in a historic cotton mill, replete with stories of its own, repurposed to promote creativity, collaboration, and social connection. The Graduate School at Brookstown, the home of the DFP, features high ceilings, wood floors, multiple conversation areas outside the classrooms, a café area, and editing facilities. And, always a plus, free parking.

Located just a short walk from the downtown hub of the City of the Arts, the DFP at Brookstown allows students to easily connect with local filmmakers and artists.

Interested in kickstarting your career in documentary film? 🎥 🎞️ We are now accepting applications for our 2023 semester (regular deadline is March 15).

Learn more and apply now >> documentary.wfu.edu

Space matters. And what better place for storytellers to learn their craft than in a historic cotton mill, replete with stories of its own, repurposed to promote creativity, collaboration, and social connection. The Graduate School at Brookstown, the home of the DFP, features high ceilings, wood floors, multiple conversation areas outside the classrooms, a café area, and editing facilities. And, always a plus, free parking.

Located just a short walk from the downtown hub of the City of the Arts, the DFP at Brookstown allows students to easily connect with local filmmakers and artists.

Interested in kickstarting your career in documentary film? 🎥 🎞️ We are now accepting applications for our 2023 semester (regular deadline is March 15).

Learn more and apply now >> documentary.wfu.edu

Help meet the demand for strong, character-driven sports stories all while getting a front-row seat to major college sports—WFU is, after all, a Division I Power Five school. 🏀 🏈 ⚽ You’ll have access to the @accnetwork at your fingertips, plus our campus is small enough that you’ll find student-athletes and coaches easily accessible and approachable.⁣

Learn more about getting an MA in Sports Media and Storytelling at documentary.wfu.edu >>>NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Help meet the demand for strong, character-driven sports stories all while getting a front-row seat to major college sports—WFU is, after all, a Division I Power Five school. 🏀 🏈 ⚽ You’ll have access to the @accnetwork at your fingertips, plus our campus is small enough that you’ll find student-athletes and coaches easily accessible and approachable.⁣

Learn more about getting an MA in Sports Media and Storytelling at documentary.wfu.edu >>>NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Thank you for throwing an incredible party and congratulations on 25 years, @riverrunfilm! 🎉 🎉 🎉 Big love from the DFP. 🎥 🤍

Thank you for throwing an incredible party and congratulations on 25 years, @riverrunfilm! 🎉 🎉 🎉 Big love from the DFP. 🎥 🤍


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