Documentary Cinema

Documentary Cinema

MFA Degree in Film and Television - Directing and Production
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Program Length: 4 terms


Total Tuition and Mandatory Fees: $11,426

Language of instruction: English

Admissions requirements: 

  • Students must have a GPA above 3 or 80%.
  • Students who are not native English speakers and who have not completed their undergraduate studies in English at an English speaking country will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Minimal IELTS requirements: Overall band score of 7.0.
Minimal TOEFL requirements: Paper-based test – 573, computer-based test – 230, internet-based test – 89.

Application Deadline:

Ongoing rolling admissions

The Awarded Degree: MFA in Film and Television: Directing and Production



This unique M.F.A. program will give you all the hands-on practical experience you’ll need for a complete grounding in documentary filmmaking. And where better to get your cinematic juices flowing than in the inspirational Non-Stop City of Tel Aviv. Don’t forget to get that tuxedo ready…


Program Overview

Our Documentary Cinema program is for those of you looking to delve into all things cinematography. Whatever your media focus, this program will help you uncover all aspects of documentary cinema and filmmaking.

Expect to get hands-on with this program, with access to world-renowned experts, resources and tools. With a carte blanche to push your limits of creativity, you’ll also have the opportunity to direct and produce your own documentary film or series as part of your final project.  

This program at the Tisch Film & Television School offers a comprehensive focus on visual production. Over the first three terms, you’ll cover areas such as research, script writing, production, editing, and direction, before calling it a wrap with your very own creation. 

The curriculum is regularly updated to reflect what is happening in the real world.


NEW for 2024/25: two topical courses are introduced, Ethnographic Film in Past and Present Conflicts and Docu-trauma: War and Memory in Israeli Documentary Cinema (read the interview with Tami Liberman and Dan Arav who will be teaching the courses).


Program Highlights

  • Experience some serious hands-on learning as you get to grips with both the theoretical and practical knowledge of all aspects of documentary filmmaking. 

  • Get trained by world-renowned filmmakers; our faculty includes award-winning directors and producers, recognized both domestically and abroad.

  • Enjoy practical workshops to gain the technical skills you need to produce a film.    

  • Create your own film/series: in your last term, challenge yourself by producing a film or television series in a location and topic of your choice.


Career Success Stories 

Our Documentary Cinema alumni have won awards and recognition from, among others, the Sundance Film Festival and the Academy of Motion Pictures. After completing the program, you’ll be ideally positioned to join them in the television industry, cinema production, or as directors. Red carpet fame awaits some of our best graduates. 


Interview with Ran Tal, the head of the program:


Capture your creativity on film


Nominations and Festivals: TAU Tisch School Alumni










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