Niki Bhattacharya, the Director of Operations for The School of Visual Arts' Social Documentary Film MFA program, discusses the strengths and opportunities the course provides its students and the advantages the New York-based school has to offer.
Your website says the school values the freedom of expression and the freedom to takes risks in art-making. How do you encourage this among your students?
We encourage this by not dictating the content of our students' projects. We let them explore the documentary film form and the art of storytelling by making the films that they want to make. We teach them the tools, share the documentary history and tradition and then let the students take their films where they want them to go.
What would you say is one of the biggest advantages of your MFA in Social Documentary Film program?
The biggest advantage is the strong support network that students develop during their time here. They are supported by the faculty, who are all working professionals in the film industry, dedicated staff, fellow students, alumni and a host of guest lecturers who are at the top of the documentary film industry... (continue reading)
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