The Documentary Film Program - White

Every story starts with an idea.

Turn yours into a documentary that inspires the world.

Early Application Deadline: January 15, 2024.

Info Sessions Available. Sign up for more information to receive additional details.

Share the story you want to tell.
An MFA in Documentary Film from Wake Forest University’s Documentary Film Program (DFP) allows you to hone your storytelling and filmmaking skills while teaching you the ins and outs of the industry. From production to pitching, you’ll graduate from the 2-year program with the experience and connections to achieve your documentary filmmaking goals.

Ready to tell your story?

Complete the form to receive more information and details about our MFA in Documentary Film program.


Graduate with more than a documentary filmmaking degree.

The DFP teaches more than filmmaking. It provides the resources and knowledge to navigate the filmmaking industry, so you’re prepared to produce great work that will be seen by people who want to hear your story.

Make industry

Establish long-lasting relationships with our award-winning faculty of working filmmakers who play an active role in industry conversations and who can act as resources to guide you through the program and your filmmaking career.

Learn the business side of documentary filmmaking.

Our program sets you up for success, teaching you every aspect of the documentary film industry in addition to storytelling and production techniques. So you have the confidence and resources to produce and share your work as soon as you graduate.

Surround yourself with inspiration.

Located in Winston-Salem (known as the City of Arts and Innovation), our program automatically puts you in the center of a fast-growing community of documentary storytelling in North Carolina — providing more opportunities to foster connections and build experience in a city that shares your interest.

“We are getting a wealth of information that we can take home with us, and it is definitely worth its value to come here and learn under the tutelage of these experts. It’s also great to hear how to navigate through the industry. The biggest thing for me is not only am I learning technical skills, but I am also learning to develop my storytelling capabilities as well as my composition on how to tell a story.”

– Tay ’23

Important dates to remember

Now Accepting Applications for 2024