Toronto Metropolitan University: Documentary Media MFA Accepting Applications for Fall 2024

Discover a Multidisciplinary Approach to Documentary Media

Interested in non-fiction storytelling?
Interested in photography, new media and/or film?
Apply to the one-of-a-kind Documentary Media MFA program this Fall!

Information Sessions

Join the Graduate Program Director for a Question & Answer Session
December 4, 2023 at 1:00 pm

Program Information Session
December 7, 2023 at 5:30 pm

Register here to attend, or watch the recording


Bridging traditions of documentary practice with emerging approaches to non-fiction storytelling, this interdisciplinary program brings together students to explore documentary forms and strategies in the making of new documentary work. Working alongside artists, scholars and media professionals, students engage with the histories and theories of documentary, while working with the tools needed to complete their own major creative projects.

The program is uniquely multidisciplinary, as it brings together students working in film, photography and new media. Students in the program have investigated topics that range from robotics and the limits of human experience to micro-histories of neighborhoods, as well as investigations of Indigenous issues, migration and displacement, queer histories, environmental issues and contemporary art.

Paid Opportunities + Scholarships

Guaranteed entrance scholarships for all incoming students in Fall 2024.

Scholarships available for both years in the program.

Additionally, students are eligible for a wide range of paid work opportunities, such as:

  • Research Assistant positions
  • Graduate Assistant positions
  • Career Boost positions

Professional Exposure

The DocNow Festival presents the Major Research Project student work. Students collaborate on a citywide festival featuring screenings, exhibitions and events exploring a wide range of subjects and celebrating their creative achievements.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year honours Bachelor degree, or equivalent
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) or equivalent in the final half of the program
  • Statement of Interest & Project Proposal
  • Resume / CV
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Visual Portfolio Submission

Accepting Applications for Fall 2024

First Consideration Deadline*: January 19, 2024
*Submitting by the first consideration deadline guarantees consideration for the program and admissions funding. Applications will continue to be accepted until the program has filled all available spots in the program and the waitlist.

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