Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This MA will develop your skills and creative vision in documentary production. It enhances your understanding of the historical context and contemporary modes of documentary production against a backdrop of the wider issues in media production.

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset.

This Masters, a pathway of the MA Filmmaking, will encourage your understanding of the politics, aesthetics and ethics of documentary production, and the nature and diversity of documentary practice in contemporary society.

**What we offer**

The programme is housed in a new purpose'built media facility equipped with state'of'the art teaching spaces including a range of digital cameras, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Film Editing suites, Animation, Digital Special Effects, Pro Tools Audio Postproduction suites.

You will be able to make your own documentaries, learning and refining research, interviewing, self'shooting and editing techniques – but also have the unique opportunity to be part of a programme that includes specialised producers, cinematographers, editors, sound recordists and sound designers, so that you can develop the scope and range of your filmmaking by collaborating with them.

You work on at least two films during the year, culminating in a major production towards the end of the degree. In addition you can attend classes in related disciplines such as Cinematography and Editing and may collaborate with students across other specialisations on film projects. This framework is designed to provide you with a breadth of filmmaking knowledge combined with a high level of expertise in your chosen filmmaking discipline.

The MA encourages you to develop:

+ an awareness of documentary production techniques, ethics and aesthetics

+ specific filmmaking and production management skills

+ technical skills (including camera, lighting and sound editing)

+ an understanding of the workings of the media and their broad cultural and social impacts

Our former students have gone on to win awards including:

+ Best Documentary at the Exposures Film Festival

+ Postgraduate Factual Prize at the Royal Television Society Student Awards

+ Student Award at the One World Media Awards

They've also launched their own film festivals, worked on critically acclaimed films and documentaries, and have had their work screened at the London International Documentary Festival, National Geographic's All Roads Film Festival and Open City, the London Documentary Festival.

**Our former students have gone on to win awards including:**

Best Documentary at the Exposures Film Festival

Postgraduate Factual Prize at the Royal Television Society Student Awards

Student Award at the One World Media Awards

They've also launched their own film festivals, worked on critically acclaimed films and documentaries, and have had their work screened at the London International Documentary Festival, National Geographic's All Roads Film Festival and Open City, the London Documentary Festival.

Course Modules

As well as your screen documentary specialism, you will undertake three short courses to enhance your other skills and critical approaches. Options include: Social activist film; adaptation and script editing; archaeology of the moving image; camera fundamentals; contemporary screen narratives in practice and theory; experimental media ' media arts pathway; filmmakers make theory; film producing fundamentals; representing reality; sound design fundamentals; the ascent of the image; visual storytelling; Doctor Holby: writing for existing continuing TV drama series; media, law and ethics.

Start Date:

09/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £11,090 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £21,860 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject as well as a level of practical experience from work in the arts or the media. You might also be considered for the programme if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test).