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Social Documentation (M.F.A.)

The Social Documentation program offers a Master of Fine Arts degree. 

Important: Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation are required of all applicants. 


Read the Application Instructions​ page for full details.

See the test score requirements for this program.

Below are specific requirements also needed for this program:

  • Required application materials include:

    • Writing sample: (e.g., research paper, professional report, or substantial essay) that shows your mastery of analysis and/or research.This can be a paper written for an earlier class or project, an article or proposal, etc. Its subject need not have any relevance to your project, as it is your writing ability that is being assessed here. All written materials should be 12 pt. font, double spaced.

    • Portfolio: Please provide an online sample of your best work in documentary production in video/film, photography, or audio/radio format. Please provide web addresses/URLs for these samples in the text box below and include information citing your role(s) in the creation of the documentary.

    • Project proposal/description: Provide a project description of the work that you intend to carry out while in the Social Documentation program. Please specify the subject, individual, or targeted issue, and most importantly, the research questions you wish to explore.

      • This is one of the most important factors in selecting students for our program, so please give it careful consideration and verify that it fits within the parameters of the Social Documentation program. While thesis projects can evolve and change once students are enrolled in the program, we are very interested in learning about your current research and production goals.

  • A Statement of Purpose is required: 

    • Please describe your plans for graduate study or research and for your future occupation or profession. Include any information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and qualifications for graduate study at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Recommended length is a concise 2-4 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt font.

  • Personal History Statement is required: 

    • This statement will be used in conjunction with your application for graduate admission and financial support. Note that the Personal History Statement should not duplicate the Statement of Purpose. Recommended length is a concise 1-3 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt font.

    • UC Santa Cruz is interested in a diverse and inclusive graduate student population. In an essay, discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree.

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