Application FAQ

How much is tuition? How much financial assistance can I expect?

We are very aware of rising educational costs and we work hard to relieve the financial burden for our students. Wake’s graduate school tuition is  $38, 650 per academic year. However, we can offer generous tuition scholarships that can reduce your tuition by more than 50%.   Likewise, there are job opportunities offered through the graduate school, such as Wrought Iron Productions, the Documentary Film Program, and other Wake Forest departments that help you offset your tuition costs. The information on this page will allow you to factor in cost-of-living costs, etc. But again, keep in mind, you will not pay Wake’s full graduate tuition rate.

Do I need to provide my own equipment?

While it is advisable that you bring an up to date laptop into the program, we provide state-of-the art video equipment and editing facilities and software, as well as access to studio space.

Do I have to have experience in film/video production to apply to the program?

No you do not. While some previous experience in media production is certainly helpful, we are primarily interested in students who bring a variety of experiences and a passion for storytelling to the program. Thus, our students have come from backgrounds as varied as field biology, history, sociology and environmental science…and many have never touched a camera or used an editing program.

What are you looking for in the Statement of Interest?

We are looking for you to provide deeper insight into your academic and professional background, what draws you to visual storytelling, what you hope to learn in the program, and what your filmmaking goals are. In short, tell us your story and tell us about the stories you hope to tell as a filmmaker.



Who better to answer some of your questions than a student?

Click here to see how Colin Sylvester (MFA ’18) addresses some of the questions you might have.