The Certificate Program in Documentary Media Studies welcomes applicants whose education and experience demonstrate motivation and creativity, including recent college graduates, people working in related fields, and career changers. The only prerequisite for admission is a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Enrollment is limited and selective, however, and a personal interview is required. The interview will be arranged after all application materials have been reviewed.
The priority application deadline is February 15 for the following fall semester. All application materials must be received in the Office of Admission by the deadline date for priority consideration. Late applications may be considered at the discretion of the Admission Committee.
The Office of Graduate Admission is available to assist you during the application process. Email Sarah VanHorn, the Documentary Studies admission liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions during the application process.
Plan ahead to meet the application deadline. It takes time for documents such as official transcripts to reach The New School. Your application will not be reviewed until all the required documents have been received by the Office of Admission.
All applicants must use the online application. The application fee and most supporting documents can be submitted online with the application. The online application form includes detailed instructions for all the items described below. You can also download the instructions. Please read the instructions carefully before filling out the application.
A complete application includes the following items:
The portfolio and any other supporting documents not submitted online can be mailed to the Office of Admission with an Application Materials Cover Sheet.
Submit a portfolio consisting of two samples of original creative work and a proposal for a short documentary project, as described below. Your name
and New School ID (N plus eight digits, from the online application) should appear clearly on all portfolio materials you
submit. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Admission. Like all other application materials, the portfolio will not be returned.
Make a short video self-portrait (no more than three minutes long) revealing something interesting about yourself in
relation to objects, places, activities, and/or people in your life. Think visually (show, don't tell), and in terms of a story. Submit your video with a Vimeo URL. Clearly label your work. Only Vimeo URL submissions will be reviewed.
Provide a sample of any creative work over which you had primary artistic control, such as audio,
video or film, creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, dramatic writing, or criticism), photography, drawing or painting, sculpture, or
installation. You can upload a file to your online application or submit a Vimeo URL or links to a personal website. Clearly label your work.
In two pages, double-spaced, describe an idea for a short documentary based in or around New York City, including human subjects,
locations, and the social or intellectual issues you propose to address. Outline the activities or events to be filmed and the way they might be arranged into scenes and sequences.
Applicants must upload an unofficial transcript, mark sheet, or academic record for each institution (even if they didn’t receive a degree) in the Educational Background section of the online application.
The New School reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process. Any fraudulent activity or discrepancies found between uploaded and official transcripts will result in the immediate revocation of admission and/or dismissal from The New School. Transcripts uploaded with the online application are considered unofficial.
Applicants offered admission will be required to submit official transcripts (as well as official certified translations and evaluations of the transcripts/mark sheets and degree certifications if the degree was earned outside of the U.S.) to The New School. Admitted applicants must submit all official transcripts pertaining to their entire academic career.
Your offer of admission will be contingent upon the receipt and verification of these official documents. New students will not be permitted to register for their second semester of study until all official transcripts (including degree awarding transcripts) have been received by the Office of Graduate Admission. Transcripts uploaded with the online application do not satisfy this requirement.
Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for questions about transfer requirements.
Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal, and must be in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university’s registrar or records office. Applicants can either send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheett or request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School at the mailing address for supplemental application materials:
The New School for Public Engagement
Office of Graduate Admission
Media Studies/Media Management (NS 300)
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10003
The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors in order of preference are
We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices. Note: All international academic credentials must be submitted as indicated in the International Academic Credentials sections below.
All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English language translation.
See special requirements for transcript evaluation.
See special requirements for English language proficiency.
Tuition is charged per credit. Go to Registrar for current tuition and fee information and to Student Financial Services for estimated additional costs of attendance. Speak to an admission counselor if you are concerned about cost. All U.S. citizens and permanent residents who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are considered for loans and grants on the basis of need. (The New School's federal school code is 002780.) You do not have to wait for an admission decision to file the FAFSA. If you are a veteran or active member of the U.S. armed services, you may be eligible for education assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Successful applicants will receive a letter of acceptance, including detailed information about and instructions for housing, tuition and fees, student visas (for nonresidents of the United States), and other matters.
All materials submitted in association with the application for admission become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.
Students can apply to only one department or program at The New School in any given term. Applicants who file more than one application in a given semester will be required to withdraw one of the applications, and application fees will not be refunded.
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