We are looking for the next generation of non-fiction storytellers – you need not have prior professional experience, but you must have a passion for filmmaking, strong story ideas, and a desire to fully immerse yourself in the industry and art of documentary filmmaking. Get in touch to take a personal tour and for more information about how SVA’s MFA Social Documentary Film program may be the right path for you. 

SocDoc will not only teach you how to tell a great story – we will guide you toward a career in the thriving documentary industry.

SVA MFA Documentary will begin taking applications for Fall 2020 in September 2019. Please get in touch to find out more.

Admissions Info Sessions
ONLINE - Wednesday, January 8, 3pm-5pm ET - SVA MFA Documentary Application Info Session - RSVP required here 

Please RSVP to events at the links above. Please get in touch directly for more information, to make an appointment for a department tour, or if you have concerns about accessing the online info session.
SVA Graduate Admissions is also hosting info sessions around the country; come say hi! More info on these SVA events, as well as the Graduate Portfolio Review Days and NPDA Grad School Fair here. 

Past Events:
ONLINE - Friday, September 20 & Friday, December 6, 11am-4pm ET - NPDA Grad School Online Information Fair
IN BOSTON - Saturday, October 26, 10am-2pm - Graduate Portfolio Review Day at Massachusetts College of Art & Design - visit us at the SVA table!
IN NYC - Sunday, October 27, 12pm-4pm - Graduate Portfolio Review Day at Parson's School of Design - visit us at the SVA table!
ONLINE - Tuesday, November 5, 6:00pm-7:30pm ET - SVA MFA Documentary online info session - RSVP required here.
IN NYC - Saturday, November 16, 10am-Noon - info session at SocDoc Department Offices - RSVP required here.

The application deadline for Fall 2020 is January 15, 2020.
You must apply by this deadline to be eligible for the Department Scholarship. Please be in touch with us directly at with any questions about the program or to take a tour. We look forward to hearing from you!


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