Program FAQ


Who better to answer some of the questions you might have about the program than a student?

Meet Colin Sylvester (MA ’18) who gladly penned the below to help you out.


How large are the classes?

Our classes are intentionally small so that students can work closely with professors both in class and outside of class as they work on projects in the field. The collaborative approach to the program applies not just to working with classmates but also constant guidance from the faculty.

What are classes like?

We name our classrooms based on the color of the sofas in each room if that gives you any idea of the classroom atmosphere. The Purple Room is a favorite spot. In addition to being both laid back and productive, the classes are hands on and collaborative. Many classes are spent screening and viewing our projects for the class to comment on and constructively critique. If you haven’t noticed yet, we take a team approach to storytelling.

Where are classes?

Classes are on third floor of the historic Brookstown Inn, which houses four Wake Forest graduate programs including the DFP. The space is awesome and often hailed by students as one of the best aspects of the program. It is both charmingly rustic and fittingly modern and high tech. Words don’t do it justice, so we made a video about the space that you can see here.

Who are the professors?

You can find more info on our professors here. They’ve done incredible things in their careers and have more cool stories to tell than you could ever need. You’ll be spending lots of time with them, so we hope you like them. Hint: you will.

What’s Winston-Salem like?

Winston-Salem truly is the city of arts and innovation. It has a thriving downtown area with a growing selection of dining options for the foodie and craft breweries for the beer enthusiasts (you can check out a few favorites here),  parks at almost every turn for the outdoorsman, and even one of the country’s most advanced virtual reality studios. No, really. You can check it out here, and some of our other favorite things to do in Winston here.

What access do we have to sports teams?

Wake Forest University boasts a major athletic program that competes at the highest level of the NCAA as a member of the ACC. Want to film a basketball game courtside? You can do that. Want to gain experience working for ESPN on the ACC Network, set to launch in 2019?  You can do that, too.  We also work with professional baseball and basketball teams in Winston-Salem and nearby Greensboro regularly. If you want sports, we have that in spades.