Spelman College Will Be the First HBCU to Offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Documentary Filmmaking

Spelman College in Atlanta has announced the establishment of the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Center for Documentary Media Studies. Spelman College is the first historically Black college or university to offer a bachelor’s degree program in documentary filmmaking.

The program is being funded in part by a $1 million donation from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation. The foundation supports organizations that advance social justice by empowering world-changing work in investigative journalism, documentary film and arts & culture. The documentary film program and the motion capture room and corridor will bear the foundation’s name.

“We are grateful to the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation for this generous contribution to Spelman College to establish the new Center for Documentary Media Studies, which will help deepen the intersection of the arts, technology, and entrepreneurship for our students,” said Helene Gayle, president of Spelman College. “This support creates pathways for our professors and students to develop innovative and groundbreaking work through our liberal arts curriculum.”

“Our gift to Spelman comes at a time when hearing new voices in the documentary field is more vital than ever. The talented women of Spelman College have insights to share and important stories to tell, and documentary film is a powerful way to bring them to light,” said Jonathan Logan.

Support from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation for the new film documentary program began during the pandemic with equipment purchases, which allowed students to continue their studies remotely and without interruption.


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