University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

This course leads on exploring the full range of documentary genre and modes of production that have brought about recent innovation. The digital revolution means new ways of directing, producing, and showing documentary films in the broadcast, independent and web 2.0 media. Students will learn the entire process, taking the roles of producer, director, camera operator, sound'recordist and editor. Students can expect to be grounded in documentary direction, camerawork and editing, the key artistic and technical skills for a successful production team. Each year students take their work from London College of Communication onto the competitive British and international documentary filmmaking circuit. Students will enhance their career prospects through the valuable skills, vision and opportunities that this course provides, including guidance on pitching for funding and commissions.

Course Modules

Modules include: (20 credits) documentary process and practice; documentary history and theory; documentary practices: Taster film and pitch and critical context; documentary practices: Ethics and methodologies; documentary practices: Taster film and pitch and critical context; (60 credits) major project.

Course Additional Entry

Applicants should have a keen interest in documentary films and a keen desire to make their own documentary films. A portfolio is not essential but many applicants send links to documentary work they have already made. Applicants should know what kinds of documentary interest them and why they have an ambition to deepen their involvement in documentary film study and production. A 1st degree is desirable but not essential. If applicants do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, they may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) through professional experience or a combination of courses and work experience. Experience is assessed as a learning process and tutors will evaluate that experience for currency, validity, quality and sufficiency. An awareness of and interest in current developments in documentary film is expected. Knowledge of film and media history and theory is not a requirement but candidates are expected to be interested in studying such questions. The application should be accompanied by an original documentary film idea (essential) and a short showreel (if available) of existing documentary film production work, with a clear note of the applicants role in each production. Applicants who 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £17,230 ???abroad???
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,250 ???home???