On location in New York City
A one-year, full-time graduate-level “An exciting and vibrant new program.”
certificate program. Credits can be — D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus
applied toward the Master of Arts The War Room, Startup.com
in Media Studies.
John Grierson said that documentary
“makes drama from our daily lives
and poetry from our problems.”
The Documentary Media Studies
program at The New School is
your opportunity to study the art
and history of the documentary,
examining the form as both a social
and an artistic practice, using the
incomparable assets of New York
City as both resource and laboratory.
Make a Documentary Project
Over the course of a year, each student produces, directs, and edits an original 20-minute documentary
video project on a subject based in or around New York City. Classes in history, theory, and social practice
complement the production process.
Careers in Documentary Media
Students who complete this curriculum will be qualified to enter the field of professional documentary
media by a variety of routes: through careers in documentary direction/producing, documentary television,
theatrical distribution; careers with film festivals, film magazines, and film museums; and the pursuit of MA
and/or PhD degrees in Media Studies, Anthropology, Film Studies, and other related disciplines.*
*Students who complete the Documentary Media Studies curriculum and are admitted to The New School’s MA program in Media
Studies can transfer to the MA program all certificate credits earned with a grade of B or better.
The Documentary Media Studies program is one year (Fall and Spring semester)
of full-time study. Students are accepted for the upcoming Fall semester only.
Required Courses In addition to the regular faculty of The New
• Foundations of Documentary Practice School, a distinguished visiting faculty of
(fall production course) working New York City filmmakers teaches
• Documentary: Its Art and History aspects of the documentary craft. Recent
(fall history course) visiting faculty members include Peter Davis
• Introduction to Documentary Cinematography (Hearts and Minds), Cynthia Wade (Freeheld),
(fall production course) and Lewis Erskine (Jonestown).
• Documentary as Social Practice
(spring theory course) EQUIPMENT
• Documentary Project Students have access to state-of-the-art
(spring postproduction course) HDV cameras, sound kits, and Final Cut
In addition to the five required courses,
students choose one elective from the
MA in Media Studies curriculum. Application instructions and materials can
be found at www.newschool.edu/docstudies
Suggested electives: through the Admission link.
New Directions in Documentary Application deadline: February 15.
The Producer’s Craft FINANCIAL AID
Political Communication U.S. citizens and permanent residents are
The Aesthetics of Editing eligible to apply for financial aid by submitting
Media Communications and Social Justice the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA). File online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be
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sure to include The New School’s FAFSA code,
Documentary Research Methods 002780. All applicants (including international
Emerging Media and Documentary Practice students) are automatically considered for
Demystifying Distribution departmental merit scholarships as part of the
admission review process.
Doc Talk is a required biweekly meeting that INFORMATION SESSIONS
serves as the certificate program’s community Information sessions are held throughout
gathering. Doc Talk often includes lectures by the year at The New School’s campus
visiting documentarians, screenings curated in Greenwich Village, New York City, and
by the faculty, and special presentations on as online events. Visit the website or
specific topics in documentary making or call 212.229.5630 for upcoming dates.
documentary study. Recent Doc Talk guests www.newschool.edu/docstudies.
include D.A. Pennebaker, Heidi Ewing and
Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), Laura Poitras
(My Country My Country), and Academy
Award winners Alan and Susan Raymond
(An American Family).
Meet Meghna Damani, Class of ’07
Meghna Damani grew up in Mumbai, India. After earning a master’s degree
in marketing, she worked in accounts management for J Walter Thompson in
Mumbai for two and a half years. Hearts Suspended was screened at the
Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival and was selected as the opening-night
film for the Tasveer Festival in Seattle.
“An amazing experience. The
faculty guided me every step
of the way—they were truly
the bridge that took me from
my vision to the reality of my
first documentary film!”
This is a short autobiographical documentary that reveals how highly educated
South Asian immigrant women struggle to survive in the United States on their H4
dependent spouse visas, which deny them work authorization. Once independent,
now completely dependent, they face loneliness, depression, strained marital
relations, and—in extreme cases—exploitation and abuse. The film reflects the
director’s own experiences and features interviews with other women living here on
H4 visas and one of their advocates.
Meet Bill Gallagher, Class of ’08
Bill Gallagher was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. He earned his degree
in journalism at the University of Massachusetts while making brief detours in
Washington, D.C., and Seville, Spain, to study. Before moving to New York, Bill
lived in Boston, where he worked as a photographer with the Boston Red Sox
and at a nonprofit assisting people with mental illnesses. He currently lives in
New York, where he is expanding upon the documentary he began at The New
School and assisting on Academy Award nominee Marshall Curry’s next film,
“The Doc Studies program
changed the trajectory of
my life. The curriculum
provides the technical tools
to be successful, but it also
surrounds you with working
professionals who care—
who’ve been in your shoes
and are eager to help you
Jacob Massaquoi is a survivor. He fled his native Liberia during its brutal civil war for New
York City and the housing projects of Staten Island. Sweet Liberia follows Jacob’s journey
from Africa to America, where he works tirelessly in the Liberian community fighting against
mandatory deportations in order to hold on to the new home he and others have come to love.
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the first college film studies course in the United States.
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programs in media and communication. Our broad
interdisciplinary curriculum enables our students to
develop a critical and responsible awareness of the
mediated global culture of the 21st century.
The New School was founded in 1919 by well-known
progressive educators as a center for “discussion,
instruction, and counseling for mature men and
women.” Today it is a unique urban university of eight
academic divisions, enrolling almost 10,000 students
in undergraduate and graduate degree programs
in liberal arts and social science, design,and the
performing arts, as well as thousands of adult
continuing education students.
The eight schools are The New School for General Studies,
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New School for Design, Eugene Lang College The New
School for Liberal Arts, Mannes College The New School
for Music, The New School for Drama, and The New
School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. An Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.