Learn More | The Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University


Telling Stories Opens Doors

Creating Storytelling Careers

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Focused on Your Success

At Wake Forest, we keep our documentary film program small for a reason. You get direct access to the faculty, equipment, and opportunities you’ll need to build a successful and sustainable career. Sure, our graduates go on to create award-winning documentaries, but they also become amazing teachers, brand builders, and multimedia communicators.

And you’ll learn the practical side of the business as well, from how to pitch a story idea, to how to qualify for a grant, to how to get your film into a festival.

I am so grateful for the talented industry professionals the DFP brings in to speak, answer questions, share the do’s and don’ts of the industry, and, most importantly, provide us with feedback on our ideas and films.
Meg Daniels
Class of 2019

Stats

350

the number of listings under “documentary film jobs” on the job posting site, SimplyHired.com

97%

of our graduates find employment in the field within 6 months of graduation

12%

annual growth in demand for film producers and directors, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Located

“While the city is traditionally Southern in its friendliness, it has an international feel. The metro area celebrates its diversity during an array of festivals and through a variety of cuisines. The arts have been at the heart of Winston-Salem for almost 250 years… home to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and the Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Right-Sized

At Wake Forest, you’ll never be the “little fish in a big pond.” Our approach is to give you the hands-on interaction and experience you’ll need to build a rewarding and sustainable career. And in funky, creative Winston-Salem, you’ll have easy access to subjects and stories you’ll want to capture.

Taught by Filmmakers

Wake Forest’s MFA in Documentary Filmmaking is taught by industry-recognized professionals with deep film credentials, broad networks, and exceptional teaching skills.

Sustainable

At Wake Forest, you’ll learn the skillset you need to tell a great story, but you’ll also get the practical tools you’ll need to build a fulfilling career.

Here’s an example of how one of our alums, Jon Bougher (MFA ’11), owner of Emic Films, is using his skills to create documentaries and branded content for clients such as Disney, The United Nations Foundation, and Visit Washington DC.